With less than one year until the 2018 Primary, would-be Maryland candidates up and down the ballot are beginning to file, fundraise, and rally supporters.
Every election season has its share of rumors about who is and who isn’t running, and none are more prevalent in Maryland than whether or not Democrat Representative John Delaney (MD-6) will throw his hat into the gubernatorial race to try and unseat popular Republican Governor Larry Hogan.
Delaney originally stated that he would announce his future political plans at the end of June 2017, but later stated on Twitter that he would make a decision at the end of July.
Busy time; April & I working on next steps & will spend bit more time on it; will have something specific to say end of July. Stay tuned!JD
— John K. Delaney (@JohnKDelaney) June 22, 2017
In preparation for a possible vacancy in the House of Representatives and a competitive Democratic primary, potential candidates are beginning to step up their fundraising efforts.
Delegate Bill Frick, the House Majority Leader from Montgomery County, reported over $200,000 in contributions since the beginning of April during a period that ended in June. Delegate Aruna Miller, also from Montgomery County, raised over $350,000 in that same time frame. Delaney’s campaign reported just under $130,000.
Rep. John Delaney has been outspoken against Governor Hogan, who remains popular in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2:1. Delaney is critical of Hogan’s response to federal issues regarding the Trump Administration. In April Delaney won a straw poll conducted at a Democratic gathering in Western Maryland.
If Delaney decides to declare, he would be joining an already crowded primary. The declared Democratic candidates include State Senator Richard Madaleno, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, and Bernie Sanders-endorsed former NAACP President Ben Jealous.