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Gansler campaign for governor to launch Sept. 24

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler's campaign for governor will officially begin on Sept. 24.

Gansler's campaign has planned a six-day, 17-stop series of announcements beginning in Rockville, according to an email that will be sent to supporters Thursday evening. 

Gansler, a Democrat, has already spent much of the summer involved in the governor's race. He built his pitch to voters with policy forums on domestic violence, manufacturing, energy projects and jails. He also spent a week in the headlines after his secretly recorded comments to campaign volunteers about his chief rival were leaked to a newspaper.

Gansler faces two other declared candidates in the Democratic contest to succeed term-limited Gov. Martin O'Malley. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown rolled out his campaign in May and since then named a running mate and piled up endorsements from more than half the state's elected official. Montgomery County Del. Heather Mizeur in July launched a non-traditional campaign with events that focus on community service.

Three Republicans have also entered the race: Harford County Executive David Craig, Anne Arundel County Del. Ronald George and Charles County businessman Charles Lollar.

Gansler's statewide announcement tour will take him from Rockville to Ellicott City to Baltimore on its first day, and will eventually visit every region of the state, according to the announcement.

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