Meet the candidates
The 2014 campaign for Maryland governor is well under way, with contested primary races in both the Democratic and Republican parties. The primary will be earlier than Marylanders are used to, having been moved from September to June 24. While the deadline to formally establish candidacy with the Board of Elections isn't until February, the following people have publicly announced their intention to run for office.
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Brown, 51, is off to an early start in the campaign, recruiting a blue-chip running mate in Howard County Executive Ken Ulman and gaining the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings. But no lieutenant governor in Maryland has successfully sought the top job. Brown has to hope that Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration, of which he's a part, remains popular among Democrats.
The attorney general, 51, says he's running for governor as a candidate who will change the status quo. He started the year with more than $5 million in his campaign account, more than any other contender. His challenge will be to present a contrast with the O'Malley-Brown administration without alienating Democrats who like what they've done.
Mizeur, a state legislator from Montgomery County, is attempting to jump from the House of Delegates to the state's top job. It's never been done, but Mizeur, 41, has been building a grass-roots campaign with enthusiastic supporters around the state. As a lesbian and the only woman in the race, she could appeal to some key Democratic constituencies.
The Harford County executive was the first Republican out of the gate. He boasts a lengthy resume as a former Havre de Grace mayor and councilman as well as state senator and delegate. The big question is whether the 64-year-old Craig can excite the GOP base. He balanced his ticket in gender and age by adding Del. Jeannie Haddaway, 36, of the Eastern Shore as running mate.
The Anne Arundel state delegate and Annapolis jeweler faces the same challenge as Democrat Mizeur in trying to go from the General Assembly to the governor's mansion. But he's got a later start than her in starting to build a statewide following. George, 60, promises to run a campaign focused on fiscal issues and will emphasize his experience as a small business owner.
The 42-year-old Charles County resident and Marine major has attracted support from Tea Party Republicans. Lollar ran for the U.S. House against Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer in 2010 and was soundly beaten. An African-American, Lollar has vowed to synthesize the civil rights message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with conservative economics.