Takoma Park Resident Peter Franchot to Run for Governor

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Takoma Park resident Peter Franchot to run for Governor

Franchot has held statewide office in Maryland since 2007, when he was first elected as Maryland’s Comptroller. Previously, Franchot represented District 20 (part of Montgomery County) in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1986 through 2006.

Franchot recently announced his plans to run for Governor in 2022, making him the first declared candidate of either party. Incumbent Governor Larry Hogan is serving his second term, the maximum allowed under Maryland laws.

In his first campaign video, Franchot says he will focus on rebuilding the economy, healthcare, housing, education, justice, and infrastructure. He describes himself as a “fiscal watchdog and a careful steward of our state’s finances” and promises to “fix every pothole” in his first six months in office.

A recent article from Maryland Matters described Franchot as “centrist” and “pro-business,” pointing to his “long alliance with Hogan.” Franchot, a Democrat, did not endorse either Governor Hogan (R) or challenger Ben Jealous (D) in 2018.

By Prayag Gordy

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