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2022 Maryland’s governor’s race: Who’s in, who’s out

Maryland’s soon-to-open governor’s seat so far has attracted 14 major party candidates this 2022 primary election season, 10 of them Democrats and four Republicans.

With Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in his second and final term, Democrats are hoping to win back the Governor’s Mansion after eight years of GOP leadership, while Republicans hope to hang on to control in Annapolis.

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Here’s a look at the field as May approaches.

Republicans

Republican state delegate and Donald Trump supporter Dan Cox of Frederick County announced his campaign on Independence Day in 2021.

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Perennial Republican candidate Robin Ficker of Montgomery County said as early as 2020 that he would run.

Republican Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz, who lives in Frederick County, launched a campaign in April 2021, talking about her plans in a video posted on her campaign website.

Baltimore County resident Joe Werner has filed paperwork to run.

Democrats

Former Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III said in April 2021 that he will again seek the Democratic nomination for governor. He finished second in the 2018 primary.

Jon Baron of Montgomery County, who works in public policy with a philanthropic organization, launched a campaign in June 2021.

Democratic Comptroller Peter Franchot of Montgomery County was the early bird, announcing in January 2020 that he wanted the state’s top elected post.

Former Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler of Montgomery County announced in May 2021 his intentions to again run for governor as an experienced politician able to pass progressive policies. He unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic nomination in 2014.

Democrat Ralph Jaffe of Baltimore County, who also ran for the office in 2014.

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Democrat Ashwani Jain of Montgomery County, who held several positions in the Obama White House, announced a run in January 2021.

Former U.S. Education Secretary John B. King of Montgomery County, a Democrat, describes himself as a “progressive problem solver.” King launched his campaign in April 2021.

Author Wes Moore of Baltimore, who stepped down from a nonprofit organization that fights poverty, formally announced his candidacy as a Democrat in June 2021.

Former U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez of Montgomery County, who is also the former chair of the Democratic National Committee, announced his candidacy in June 2021, contending he’d bring political experience and a “bold, progressive vision.”

Jerome Segal, who had founded the socialist Bread and Roses Party, switched his affiliation to Democrat and plans to run for governor.

They’re out

Laura Neuman, who served as Republican county executive in Anne Arundel County in 2013 and 2014, is now a Democrat. She launched a campaign in January 2022 but opted out of the race in mid-April. Her private sector experience includes, among other things, technology entrepreneur.

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Mike Rosenbaum, who founded two tech companies in Baltimore, had launched his campaign on the Democratic side in May 2021, but decided in late fall to drop out of the race.

The decision of Lt. Gov. Boyd K. Rutherford to opt out of the primary cleared the way for Schulz to be the Hogan-affiliated candidate in GOP race.

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Angela Alsobrooks, the Democratic county executive in Prince George’s, announced she’s running for reelection there.

Republican Harford County Executive Barry Glassman has decided to run for state comptroller.

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr., a Democrat, opted in May 2021 to run for reelection in the state’s third-largest county. “We’re excited about what we’ve done, but we know there is much work still ahead,” Olszewski said.

U.S. Rep. David Trone, a Democrat, announced in May 2021 that he’s running for re-election to Congress. His spokeswoman previously said the congressman was “flattered” by those who had urged him to consider running for governor.

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U.S. Rep. Anthony Brown, a former Democratic lieutenant governor, had considered going for governor, but is running for the open seat of state attorney general.

Republican Michael Steele of Prince George’s County opened a federal account to explore a potential gubernatorial run but said in January 2021 his family didn’t support him entering the race.

Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker, Sam Janesch, Emily Opilo and Bryn Stole contributed to this article.


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