Senator Richard Madaleno Jr. announced his candidacy for Maryland governor during a rally on Sunday.
The Montgomery County Democrat will run for governor of Maryland in 2018, challenging Republican Governor Larry Hogan (R), who has verbally expressed his interest in seeking a second term, but has not formally launched his campaign.
Eight Democrats are eyeing a possible gubernatorial run in 2018, including Senator Richard Madaleno, U.S. Representative John Delaney, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Baltimore attorney James L. Shea, former state attorney general Douglas F. Gansler, former NAACP executive director Benjamin Jealous, entrepreneur Alec Ross and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III.
Madaleno spent four years in the House of Delegates before becoming a member of the Senate in 2007. He told the Washington Post that he would make a formal announcement of his candidacy at a later date.