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Hogan inches toward candidacy for governor

Larry Hogan

Larry Hogan

A former appointee of Gov. Robert Ehrlich and head of a grassroots conservative group will take a step closer to becoming a Republican candidate for governor during an event tonight that coincides with the Maryland Republican Party convention in Annapolis.

Larry Hogan, chairman of Change Maryland, said in an interview that he plans to tell an expected audience of about 1,100 people that he is considering a run for governor in 2014 and will make a formal candidacy announcement in January.

“We’ve spent the last two and a half years building a grassroots group of 65,000 people and I wanted to let them know what my intentions are,” Hogan said. “I thought the Fall Harvest event was a good time to do that.”

Hogan previously served as appointments secretary for Ehrlich.

If Hogan formally enters the race he’ll join a field four other Republicans who are campaigning for the office including Harford County Executive David Craig, Anne Arundel County Del. Ron George and Charles Lollar.

Hogan declined to comment on the other three Republicans eying the party nomination and said he believes the race is still wide open.

“Right now there are no filed candidates and I’m not sure if anyone will actually get in,” Hogan said. “Our focus is going to be on November.”