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Democratic candidates for governor detail campaign fundraising

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown

(Updated: 5:59 p.m.) Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown announced Wednesday afternoon that he raised $1.25 million in the last year. He has $1.6 million in a campaign account.

Brown, a former member of the House of Delegates representing Prince George’s County, is considering a leading candidate to replace Martin O’Malley as governor in 2015.

“I am pleased with our fundraising success and honored to have the support of so many people across Maryland,” Brown said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing to move Maryland forward with the help of thousands of committed friends and neighbors.”

Brown’s was the last of several campaign announcements made Wednesday, the deadline for reporting fundraising activity to the Maryland State Board of Elections.

Del. Heather R. Mizeur, a Montgomery County Democrat who is also considering a run for governor in 2014, raised $248,671 in 2012, most of it since November.

Mizeur, an outspoken advocate for legalizing same-sex marriage in Maryland and an opponent of hydraulic fracturing, has $380,000 in her campaign account, an amount that lags behind other potential Democratic nominees for governor.

Del. Heather R. Mizeur, D-Montgomery

“In every corner of the state, voters tell me they want a governor with clear ideas for the future and a track record of results,” Mizeur said in a statement. “I’m honored that so many are encouraging me to run, and I will never stop working to strengthen our economy, protect our natural resources, and ensure that every Marylander receives equal protections and rights under the law.”

Earlier Wednesday, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman announced he had raised $1.1 million last year and has $2.1 million in his campaign account, an amount $3.1 million less than Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler’s $5.2 million.

O’Malley is term-limited and widely thought to be eyeing national office, creating a crowded field for the party’s nomination to replace the two-term Democrat.

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman

“I am humbled and grateful that so many people have chosen to support our vision for progress, economic growth, common sense and innovative solutions,” Ulman said in a statement. “I believe Maryland is the greatest state in the country, and I will continue to work hard to help us fulfill our potential.”

An email from Ulman’s campaign said 91 percent of donations came from within Maryland.

The Democratic field narrowed by one in December when state Comptroller Peter Franchot said he would seek reelection rather than challenge for the governor’s chair.

Blaine Young, Republican president of the Frederick County Commissioners, announced Tuesday he raised nearly $450,000 in the last eight months. Harford County Executive David R. Craig told The Daily Record in October that was “99 percent sure” he would run for governor.