Gansler to launch campaign for Md. governor on Sept. 24 with seven-day statewide tour


Douglas F. Gansler at a charity event last year. (Photo by Rebecca D'Angelo For the Washington Post)

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) plans to officially kick off his 2014 campaign for governor on Sept. 24 with a seven-day tour, aides said Thursday.

The first of Gansler’s 17 scheduled stops will be in Rockville outside the Montgomery County Courthouse in his home jurisdiction, his campaign said. From there, Gansler plans to criss-cross the state, hitting every region before winding up near Ocean City on Oct. 1.

“I am going to travel to every region in the state to talk with Marylanders and share my vision for our state,” Gansler says in an e-mail that his campaign was preparing to send out Thursday night.

Gansler will join a competitive Democratic primary with two candidates who have previously announced their bids: Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) and Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-Montgomery).

Brown announced in May and named his running mate, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman (D), the following month. Mizeur made her bid official in July.

Gansler has taken a different tack, reasoning that voters would not tune into the race until after the summer. While he has not announced his bid, Gansler has been holding events to talk about policy ideas, however.

The Democratic primary is scheduled for June.

Other planned stops on Gansler’s tour include Ellicott City, Baltimore, Leonardtown, La Plata, Chesapeake Beach, Hyattsville, Cumberland, Hagerstown, Frederick, Westminster, Annapolis, Centreville, Easton, Cambridge, Salisbury and Ocean City.

John Wagner has covered Maryland government and politics for The Post since 2004.

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