Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot plans to run for governor in 2022.
“I don’t think it’s a mystery to anybody that I’m running," Franchot said in an interview Thursday with The Baltimore Sun. He added that “everybody and their cousin” has been asking him about whether he’d get in the race.
The Democratic comptroller spent much of the day doing media interviews confirming his intention to seek the state’s highest office, after he told a crowd at a fundraising event earlier in the week that he intended to run for the state’s highest office.
The move comes early in the election cycle and makes him the first candidate of either party to announce a run. Franchot has not filed paperwork to run for governor, nor has he officially launched a campaign.
It’s too early for any candidates to file to run in the 2022 elections. The filing period won’t open until 2021.
He said Thursday that a strong run of fundraising over the last several months tipped the scales in favor of seeking the office. Franchot would not say how much money he’s raised. The next round of state campaign finance reports are due Wednesday.
As of last January, Franchot had a little more than $1 million in his campaign account.
Franchot has positioned himself as a political outsider who aims to change the status quo in state government, although he has been in elected office since 1987 — first as a state delegate representing Montgomery County, then statewide as comptroller since 2007.