Rep. John Delaney, D-Md. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

Rep. John K. Delaney (D-Md.) on Saturday addressed rumors that he is considering running for governor of Maryland by issuing a statement that did not categorically rule out the possibility out but said he expects to continue serving in Congress next year.

“Many people I trust and respect have asked me to consider running for governor, and of course I always think about where I may best serve,” Delaney said. “But I love my job, and my expectation is that I will continue to serve in Congress and represent my district.”

Three major Democratic candidates have been running for months in an increasingly bitter contest for the Democratic nomination: Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D), Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) and Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-Montgomery).

Speculation about a possible Delaney bid intensified two weeks ago following reports of a gubernatorial poll being conducted that included Delaney as an option. Delaney, a Montgomery County resident, would not comment on whether the poll was being conducted on his behalf.

Delaney, a financier who won election in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District in 2012, would have to select a running mate and file for office by Feb. 25 if he is interested in running for governor this year.

The Democratic primary is in June.

Delaney said that he is “focused on doing my job in Congress, representing my district and helping middle-class families in both Maryland and across the country.”