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Eye on Annapolis: Gansler to announce gubernatorial bid in Sept.

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler will formally announce his candidacy for governor in September, making official what most have long expected.

Gansler had previously said he would decide whether to run and make a formal announcement sometime this fall. In an email sent by his campaign on Tuesday, campaign manager Carrie Glenn pegged September for the announcement.

“When Doug formally announces his candidacy in September it will be built on a foundation of policy and ideas, not politics or fundraising.” Glenn said. “Doug will bring to this race ideas, policies and a proven record of getting things done. That’s what voters care about.”

In a statement, Gansler detailed several policy proposals that he said would help the state combat domestic violence, an issue that has been among the top priorities of Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, presumed to be Gansler’s chief competition in the Democratic primary.

The proposals include stiffening penalties for committing crimes in front of a child, creating a statewide network of “family justice centers,” where services are provided and establishing domestic violence dockets in Maryland courts.

“Running for governor is about ideas and policies that will help protect and improve the lives of Maryland families and children, not about bunting and slogans,” Gansler said in a statement. “As a local prosecutor and as attorney general, I have fought domestic violence, put abusers behind bars, and helped protect the victims of this terrible crime … I will bring a renewed sense of energy and activism to do even more to help combat the plague of domestic violence.”

Aides have said for weeks that Gansler would run, but a formal announcement was put off even as other candidates jumped into the race. Brown, the first to announce, named Howard County Executive Ken Ulman as his running mate last month.

Gansler said he would travel across the state to discuss his ideas with voters in a series of small gatherings that the campaign is calling “Building Our Best Maryland.”

Meanwhile, the attorney general’s campaign staff continues to grow. Isaac Salazar, who was the new media director for the Maryland Democratic Party, will act as digital director. Antigone Davis, who had been Gansler’s deputy campaign manager when he ran for attorney general and then joined the attorney general’s office as a senior adviser, is now working full-time for the campaign.

For more news from the campaign trail, check out the Eye on Annapolis blog.

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