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Brown ready to announce bid for governor

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

At a cookout in his home county of Prince George’s, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown will officially begin his campaign for governor Friday.

Brown, who has served as dutiful deputy to Gov. Martin O’Malley since 2006, plans to start his kickoff tour in Largo this afternoon, with stops in Frederick, Baltimore and Silver Spring coming Saturday. O’Malley is expected to join Brown in Baltimore.

The lieutenant governor is slated to become the first in a potentially crowded field of Democratic hopefuls, including Howard County Executive Ken Ulman (who could instead join Brown’s ticket), Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, U.S. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and Del. Heather R. Mizeur of Montgomery County.

In his announcement speech, Brown is expected to talk about fighting disparities in health care, education and employment while also encouraging infrastructure investment, The Washington Post reported Friday. If elected, he would become the first African American governor in Maryland’s history.

Potential Republican candidates for governor include Harford County Executive David R. Craig, Frederick County Board of County Commissioners President Blaine R. Young, Del. Ronald A. George of Anne Arundel County and Larry Hogan, chairman of Change Maryland and a former cabinet secretary for Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 2 to 1 in Maryland.