Prince George's Co. Executive Rushern Baker announces run for Maryland governor

- Lawmaker Rushern Baker has announced his candidacy for governor of Maryland.

The two-term Prince George's County Executive will run for the Democrat nomination in the 2018 Maryland gubernatorial election.

Baker has 25 years of public service in the state of Maryland.

"Marylanders work hard for their money and deserve a Governor who'll make it easier for them to afford healthcare, provide for their families, plan for the future, and have great public schools," Baker said in a press release. "They deserve a Governor that supports paid sick leave, makes Maryland a leader in innovation and economic growth and stands up for the rights of all of us."

Baker joins several Democrats seeking the party's nomination next year. The winner will take on Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, who has said he'll seek a second term, but hasn't formally launched his campaign.

Former NAACP president Ben Jealous, state Sen. Richard Madaleno Jr. and entrepreneur Alec Ross have said they'll run.

Rep. John Delaney, former Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and lawyer Jim Shea are also considering running.


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