Doug Gansler, Former Attorney General of Maryland and State’s Attorney for Montgomery County, Launches Campaign for Governor

Former Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler launched his campaign for Governor of Maryland this morning.

Gansler previously served as the State’s Attorney for Montgomery County from 1999 to 2007. He won the nomination in the state Democratic primary election for Attorney General and defeated Republican Scott Rolle in the 2006 general election, taking 61% of the vote. He was re-elected in 2010, when he ran unopposed.

In 2014, Gansler launched an unsuccessful gubernatorial bid– losing the Democratic Primary to Anthony Brown who later lost to current Governor, Larry Hogan.

Gansler grew up in Chevy Chase where he attended Chevy Chase Elementary School before moving on to Sidwell Friends in DC for middle and high school. Gansler went to Yale University and later earned his law degree from the University of Virginia.

During his time as Montgomery County state’s attorney (1999-2007), he was involved in several high-profile cases that garnered national attention. Early on, he prosecuted former boxing champion Mike Tyson’s road-rage attack in Gaithersburg that occurred in 1998. In 2002, he prosecuted the Beltway snipers, John Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo.

Gansler joins five other Democrats who have launched campaigns for Governor:

Ashwani Jain, former Montgomery County Council candidate

Peter Franchot, current Comptroller of MD

John B. King, former U.S. Education Secretary

• Mike Rosenbaum, Baltimore tech entrepreneur


Per Doug Gansler’s website:

”I’m running for Governor because Maryland is facing tremendous challenges right now, and we don’t have a moment to waste.

I’ve spent my career serving Marylanders with fresh ideas and bold action. My record on the big issues that affect our lives: preserving the environment, safeguarding equal rights for all, and delivering justice for Maryland families, shows I’ve got the experience to get the job done.

These are challenging times, make no mistake.

But we have an incredible opportunity to shape a better, more just future for our state.

That work is going to take an experienced leader who can hit the ground running and guide our state’s recovery in a way that improves the lives of every Marylander.

I’ve always tackled the biggest problems facing our state, no matter how powerful the opposition. And I’m ready to fight to take bold action to build the Maryland we all deserve.”


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