Gearing up for Md. governor’s race, Gansler announces policy series, staff appointments


Doug Gansler, attorney general of Maryland, on Sept. 29, 2012. (Rebecca D'Angelo for The Washington Post)

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, whose campaign for governor has been far less visible than that of his chief rival, announced plans Monday for a series of policy discussions and the appointment of some more staff.

Gansler (D), who does not plan to formally announce his 2014 candidacy until September, said he will start holding “Building Our Best Maryland” sessions around the state, including one later this week on initiatives to prevent domestic violence.

“Running for governor is about ideas and policies that will help protect and improve the lives of Maryland families and children, not about bunting and slogans,” Gansler said in a statement. “I am going to travel across the state sharing my ideas and hearing from people in their communities. Annapolis works best when it is focused on the day-to-day concerns of people. I intend to listen, to learn, to share ideas.”

His campaign said future sessions will focus on education, manufacturing, the proposed Purple Line rail connection in the Washington suburbs, the Chesapeake Bay and other issues.

The Democratic primary is a year away. Gansler’s announcement comes more than six weeks after Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) formally kicked off his candidacy for governor. Last month, Brown named Howard County Executive Ken Ulman (D) as his running mate.

And on Tuesday afternoon, Brown plans to unveil a list of local officials supporting his campaign at a news conference in Ocean City, where the Maryland Municipal League is meeting.

Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-Montgomery), another candidate for the Democratic nomination, is expected to formally announce her bid this summer. Meanwhile, two Republican candidates — Harford County Executive David R. Craig (R) and Del. Ronald A. George (R-Anne Arundel) — have announced their campaigns, and several others are eying the race, including former Republican National Committee chairman Michael S. Steele.

Though he has not formally launched his campaign, Gansler has had a campaign manager on board since last month. On Monday, Carrie Glenn, the campaign manager, announced other staff appointments.

They include Isaac Salazar, who was named digital director. Salazar, who has worked in Maryland politics for more than a decade, was previously the new media director for the Maryland Democratic Party.

Glenn also announced that Antigone Davis, a senior adviser to Gansler in the attorney general’s office, has moved over full-time to his gubernatorial campaign.

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