Would Howard County Executive Ken Ulman be interested in becoming Lt. Governor Ken Ulman?
On Saturday, the Washington Post reported that Ulman may be in talks with current Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown about being Brown's running mate in the 2014 gubernatorial election.
Brown, Ulman and Attorney General Doug Gansler are considered by many as leading Democratic candidates for the Governor's office in 2014.
The Post reports that a Brown/ Ulman alliance could eliminate much of Gansler's fundraising advantage. Currently Gansler has about $5.2 million in his campaign coffers compared to Ulman's $2.1 million and Brown's $1.6 million, according to the Post.
But would Ulman, who at 32 when first elected in 2006, was the youngest county executive ever elected in Maryland, be willing to back up Brown?
"Executive Ulman is interested in continuing his public service in Maryland after his current term expires, and is exploring a race for governor," said Ulman's communications director, David Nitkin, in an email.
Ulman's term as county executive expires in 2014. He won't be able to run for executive again in Howard County due to term limits.
For his part, Brown declined to discuss the issue with the Post. Ulman told the paper he's, "evaluating the best way to serve a state I really love."
In one of the first Democratic straw polls of 2014 in western Maryland, in which only 150 people participated, Brown beat out other candidates who have been mentioned for the governor's office.
Brown received 62 votes. Heather Mizeur, a Montgomery County delegate, received 37 votes, Gansler received 25 and Ulman 17, according to results posted on Maryland Juice, a Democratic state politics blog.
Brown is expected to announce his candidacy for governor on May 10 at Prince George's Community College in Largo, according to a "save the date" announcement sent to reporters.
Ulman has not set a date to officially declare his candidacy.
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