Howard County Executive Ken Ulman has said he is considering running for governor in 2014, and the $1.3 million in campaign cash he reported having on hand as Jan. 11 is surely a sign he has his sights set on higher office.
Ulman is term-limited as county executive and, therefore, has to look for a new job three years from now. He's got a good head start, having raised $1 million between Jan. 13, 2011 and Jan. 11, 2012.
Annual campaign finance reports were due Wednesday, Jan. 18.
Over the past year, Ulman has received 1,500 donations to his campaign, coming from donors in 15 counties across the state, according to a news release from Rice Consulting LLC, a campaign fundraising consulting firm that represents Ulman as well as other Maryland politicians.
"I'm heartened that residents from across Maryland recognize the outstanding job we're doing in Howard County," Ulman said in the release. "We have delivered on our promise of innovation in education and job creation, strong fiscal management, environmental stewardship and quality services, and these numbers indicate people have noticed."
Despite support across the state, particularly the Baltimore metropolitan region, Ulman's largest support came from his loyal Howard County supporters — 679 donations amounting to slightly more than $405,000.
Ulman's fundraising efforts are on par with — and in some cases exceeding — other Maryland Democrats who have been named as potential 2014 gubernatorial candidates.
Attorney General Doug Gansler has raised $1.25 million over the past year. His nearly $4.1 million cash on hand is explained by the nearly $3 million he had reported in January 2011 after running unopposed in the 2010 primary and general elections.
Comptroller Peter Franchot reports having raised nearly $630,000 in 12 months, which brings his total cash on hand to slightly more than $1 million.
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's report was not posted as of 10 p.m. Wednesday.