With Maryland’s General Assembly session wrapped up, more potential candidates are coming out with news about their plans to run in 2022 for an open seat for governor.
Others are taking themselves out of the running, or planning to seek other offices. And some are still deliberating, saying only that they’re considering a race — or that people are asking them to think about it. None have filed the paperwork to run; the deadline is Feb. 22.
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan can’t run again next year, as Maryland law limits governors to two consecutive four-year terms.
Here’s a look at where some of the big names stand.
In the running
Democratic Comptroller Peter Franchot of Montgomery County was the early bird, announcing in January 2020 that he wanted the state’s top elected post.
[Former Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III said in April that he will again seek the Democratic nomination for governor. He finished second in the 2018 primary.
Jon Baron of Montgomery County, who works in public policy with a philanthropic organization, added his name in April to the list of Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls.
Democrat Ashwani Jain of Montgomery County, who held several positions in the Obama White House, announced a run in January.
Republican Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz, who lives in Frederick County, is the latest to get into the race, talking about her plans in a video posted in April on her campaign website.
Perennial Republican candidate Robin Ficker of Montgomery County said as early as a year ago that he would run.
Former U.S. Education Secretary John B. King of Montgomery County, a Democrat, describes himself as a “progressive problem solver.” King launched his campaign in April.
Mike Rosenbaum, who founded two tech companies in Baltimore, launched his campaign on the Democratic side on May 11.
Former Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler of Montgomery County announced on May 25 his intentions to again run for governor as an experienced politician able to pass progressive policies. He unsuccessfully ran for the nomination in 2014.
Author Wes Moore of Baltimore, who earlier this year stepped down from a nonprofit organization that fights poverty, formally announced his candidacy on June 7.
The decision in April of Lt. Gov. Boyd K. Rutherford to opt out of the primary cleared the way for Schulz to be the Hogan-affiliated candidate in GOP race.
Angela Alsobrooks, the Democratic county executive in Prince George’s, said in a recent radio interview that she’s running for reelection there.
Republican Harford County Executive Barry Glassman decided to run for state comptroller.
Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr., a Democrat, opted to run for reelection in the state’s third-largest county. “We’re excited about what we’ve done, but we know there is much work still ahead,” Olszewski said in a video posted May 6.
U.S. Rep. David Trone, a Democrat, announced on May 7 that he’s running for re-election to Congress. His spokeswoman previously said the congressman was “flattered” by those who had urged him to consider running for governor.
Maybe, maybe not
Former U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez of Montgomery County, who is also the former chair of the Democratic National Committee, said in January that he would “take a look at” running and “we’ll see what happens.”
The Baltimore Sun reported in December that U.S. Rep. Anthony Brown, a Democrat who represents parts of Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties, is considering running, too, according to a source with knowledge of his thinking who declined to be named because no decision had been made. He was his party’s nominee in 2014, losing to Hogan in the general election.
Republican Michael Steele of Prince George’s County told The Sun in April that he is “taking a hard, serious look at an opportunity to serve Marylanders again.” He was lieutenant governor with Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.