The candidates for Maryland governor in 2014 are preparing to begin a year-long campaign. The most recent comprehensive roundup of news on the governor’s race can be found on one of Maryland’s premier political blogs, Maryland Juice. Click here for the up-to-date status of the Maryland political scene as of May 2013.
The leading Democratic candidates in this presumptively Democratic state are Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, of Prince George’s County, Attorney Gen. Douglas Gansler, of Montgomery County, and Del. Heather Mizeur, also of Montgomery County. Political observers are awaiting a decision from Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, of Baltimore County, who is pondering the governor’s race. I’m beginning to doubt that there will be a Republican gubernatorial candidate who can be taken seriously this year.
All the Democratic candidates except Ruppersberger are from the D.C. suburban counties, Montgomery and Prince George’s. It will be interesting to see what kind of balancing acts the candidates attempt as they select running mates for lieutenant governor.
All this may seem premature, considering that the 2014 primary election is a year away, in June 2014, and the General Election is a year and a half away, in November 2014. I look for continued maneuvering and posturing during the summer, with serious campaigning beginning after Labor Day, and intensifying after Christmas.
I’d like to write more about the political scene, but Memorial Day is upon us in Ocean City, and I’ll be busy at the beach motel for the duration of the season. See you in September.
– John Hayden