Former Attorney General Doug Gansler, who came in second in the 2014 Democratic primary for governor, said Monday that he will sit out the race for the nomination to challenge Gov. Larry Hogan next year.
Gansler, 54, said he had never been planning to run. But it was an option he kept open as the field of Democratic candidates grew.
"I enjoy what I'm doing," Gansler said. "I did 22 years of public service, 16 years in elected office."
Gansler is now a partner in the Washington law firm of Buckley Sandler. He previously served eight years as Maryland's attorney general and eight as Montgomery County state's attorney.
In 2014, Gansler finished a distant second to Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, who went on to lose to the Republican Hogan in the general election. Hogan has maintained strong popularity ratings since his election, and the eventual Democratic nominee could face an uphill climb.