Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has yet to launch his bid for governor but on Friday announced he hired a veteran strategist to manage his campaign.
New campaign manager Carrie Glenn has experience helping Democrats secure victories in competitive races against Republicans, most recently in Montana. She oversaw the re-election of U.S. Senator Jon Tester and Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock's election as governor.
Democrats have been awaiting Gansler's next move in the primary race to succeed Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is term-limited.
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown announced his bid last month and named Howard County Executive Ken Ulman as a running mate on Monday. Two Republicans - Harford County Executive David Craig and Anne Arundel Del. Ron George - announced their campaigns this week.
Gansler recently ruled out a bid for a third term as attorney general, but said he would not formally launch a gubernatorial campaign until the fall. In a statement, Gansler praised Glenn "a highly skilled and respected Democratic strategist who has a long record of success running sophisticated statewide grassroots campaigns."
Glenn started her job in late May.