Republican gubernatorial hopeful Larry Hogan, from Anne Arundel County, and his running mate, Boyd Rutherford of Howard County, have filed for the election and are the first in their party to run on public dollars this election.
Hogan, chairman of the nonprofit fiscal accountability group Change Maryland, and Rutherford, a former secretary of Maryland’s Department of General Services, filed Monday.
They also filed their intent to participate in the state’s public campaign financing program.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Del. Heather R. Mizeur (Dist. 20) of Takoma Park is the only other candidate in the governor race so far to use public funding for the primary.
Candidates who opt for public campaign financing can raise no more than about 44 cents for every resident of the state, or approximately $2.5 million in the 2014 primary, according to the tate election board’s website. In opposed elections, the state will evenly match the money raised by candidates who opt for public financing.
Hogan said in a news release that no tax dollars are used through the Fair Campaign Financing Fund and using it “levels the playing field” for grassroots campaigns like his.
Yet, just days earlier, following his late-in-the-game campaign kickoff, Hogan’s campaign staff issued a release naming Hogan the clear frontrunner in the GOP primary.
Maryland’s primary is June 24.
As of Thursday, the other Republicans who had filed to run were Harford County Executive David R. Craig and Baltimore businessman Brian Vaeth.
Del. Ronald A. George (Dist. 30) of Arnold and former political action committee head Charles Lollar also are campaigning for the GOP nomination.