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Months after saying he would run for governor of Maryland, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler plans to hit the campaign trail next week.

Gansler (D) has planned a seven-day, 16-stop tour around the state starting Sept. 24, when he will announce his plans to be the next governor.

When he will file with the Maryland Board of Elections is not yet certain, campaign spokesman Doug Thornell said.

As he has done with all of his past campaigns, Gansler will start his bid for governor in Rockville, Thornell said.

“Montgomery County is certainly important; he is from there,” Thornell said. “He is not going to take for granted or ignore any part of Maryland. He is going to run a county-by-county campaign.”

In an email to supporters, Gansler said he is kicking off his campaign and touring the state to share his vision for Maryland’s future.

“We have worked together for these past 21 years that I have been in public service and I am going to need your help again on this campaign,” his email said. “This campaign is about our families and our future.”

Gansler joins Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) and Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park in the race for the Democratic nomination.

Brown and his running mate, Howard County Executive Kenneth S. Ulman (D), filed for candidacy with the Maryland Board of Elections on Sept. 13.

Mizeur has yet to file, but has said she is in the race.

Those vying for the Republican nomination for governor include Harford County Executive David R. Craig, Del. Ronald A. George (R-Dist. 30) of Arnold and Charles Lollar, former Maryland state director of Americans for Prosperity.

As of Monday, no GOP candidate for governor had a candidacy with the state.

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