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State Senator Enters Maryland's Governor's Race

RICHARD STUART MADALENO, JR. Democrat, District 18, Montgomery County COURTESY msa.maryland.gov.jpg

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) -- State Sen. Richard Madaleno Jr. is launching his candidacy for governor of Maryland.

Media outlets report that the Montgomery County Democrat plans to kick off his campaign Monday at the Universities of Shady Grove in Rockville. Madaleno is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, who has said he'll seek a second term next year.

The leading Hogan critic has been a member of the Senate since 2007, after spending four years in the House of Delegates. He was the first openly gay lawmaker elected to the Senate.

Madaleno joins several other Democrats who are running, including Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker, former NAACP president Ben Jealous, entrepreneur Alec Ross and lawyer Jim Shea.



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