Rep. C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger (D-Md.) said Tuesday that he is still looking at running for governor of Maryland and plans to announce a decision around Thanksgiving.
Ruppersberger, a former Baltimore County executive, said he’s gotten a fresh round of encouragement to run in recent days in response to news stories about the lack of Baltimore-area representation on the current 2014 Democratic tickets.
“A lot of people have said, ‘Dutch, you’ve got to do this,’” Ruppersberger said. “It’s good to have representation from both sides of the state. It’s good to have a balance.”
All three major Democratic candidates who have entered the race live in the Washington region: Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Del. Heather R. Mizeur.
Gansler, a former Montgomery County state’s attorney, this week named Del. Jolene Ivey (D-Prince George’s) as his lieutenant governor candidate.
Brown, a former Prince George’s delegate, had previously named Howard County Executive Ken Ulman (D) as his running mate. Ulman’s jurisdiction straddles the state’s two dominant regions.
Mizeur (D-Montgomery) has yet to announce who will fill the No. 2 on her ticket.
If Ruppersberger gets in the race, he’ll start months behind his competitors in fundraising and organization-building. He said Tuesday that he’s not worried about that.
“I know politics,” Ruppersberger said. “I’m not concerned about coming in late. … I think people are tired of long, negative campaigns.”