Gansler pitches ideas to senior community

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler offered a series of ideas to help the state's seniors Thursday as the gubernatorial hopeful continued his pre-campaign policy meetings. 

Gansler proposed skills training for seniors who must return to the workforce after retirement, creating more programs to keep aging seniors in their homes longer, a statewide volunteer and mentoring program seniors could join and new tax credits, among other initiatives. 

Gansler, who has yet to formally announce his campaign for governor, released his ideas to a crowd at Montgomery County's Leisure World retirement community. 

“As the face of Maryland changes, we need to ensure that our state continues to be a place where people can raise and enjoy their families throughout their lives," Gansler said in a statement.  

"To do that we must meet the increasing demand for services that comes with a growing senior population, we also must tap into the opportunity presented in the talents and experience of our seniors.”

Gansler, a Democrat, has held other such policy forums across the state this summer, releasing his ideas on how to increase manufacturing, curb domestic violence, convert chicken manure into energy and reduce the incidence of criminals returning to prison after release. His ideas, he said, will for the basis of his pitch to voters after he launches his campaign.

He plans to formally announce in September his bid to succeed Gov. Martin O'Malley. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Montgomery County Del. Heather Mizeur have already launched their campaigns for the Democratic nomination.

Republicans David Craig, Harford County executive, and Ron George, an Anne Arundel County delegate, have declared their candidacy for the Republican nomination. Republican businessman Charles Lollar said he plans to announce his candidacy next month. 

Both parties primaries will be held in June 2014.

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