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Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has already formally started his campaign for governor, and picked a running mate — Howard County Executive Ken Ulman — before any of his Democratic competitors.
Brown and Ulman filed their candidacy at the Maryland State Board of Elections in Annapolis Friday afternoon. The Brown-Ulman ticket got a head start on campaigning before their rivals for the Democratic nomination, and next Sunday the duo will hold a rally in Silver Spring where they will make "an exciting campaign announcement" according to a press release.
That rally is two days before Attorney General Doug Gansler formally starts his campaign with a statewide tour that starts in Rockville.
Even though the primary election is nine months away and Gansler isn't officially in the race yet, both men have been in the headlines after the attorney general accused the lieutenant governor of using his race to get elected. If he wins, Brown would be the first African-American governor in Maryland history. Montgomery County delegate Heather Mizeur is also seeking the Democratic nomination. If she were to win, she'd be Maryland's first female governor, and the first openly gay governor in the United States.