Another Maryland Republican has announced his intentions to run for governor, according to the Associated Press.
Delegate Ron George of Anne Arundel County said he will formally announce his decision on June 5 in Annapolis.
Here's a closer look at the governor's race and George's announcement.
* George is a 59-year old jewelry store owner who has served in the state House since 2007. He's currently serving his second term in office.
* During an interview, George said that he wasn't ready to discuss too many details about his candidacy, according to the Capital Gazette. He said he wants to build the "tax base and make Maryland business friendly," and that his plan "is to really build a new Maryland. One that has true economic growth, not government-created jobs that don't last long."
* In the AP article, George also mentioned his interest in developing Baltimore and making the state more competitive with Virginia by increasing its tax base and halting increasing taxes.
* "Even though we're considered to be the richest state, we have less discretionary money and businesses aren't able to grow," he said, according to the Capital Gazette. George has served on the House of Delegates Ways and Means Committee and said his experience will help him face the state's economic challenges.
* Given his intention to run "100 percent for the governor's seat," per the Capital Gazette, George will not be running for his old House seat again.
* The seat was also subject to redistricting that pulled his district out of Annapolis and now includes part of Severna Park and Broadneck.
* George is joining a crowded pool of potential candidates, including former U.S. Secret Service agent Dan Bongino, Harford County Executive David Craig, former Gov. Robert Ehrlich cabinet member Larry Hogan, and Blaine Young, president of the Board of County Commissioners in Frederick County.
* Bognino noted on Monday that he is considering more than one option, saying "Certainly, governor is one of them," according to the AP. He unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin's seat in November.
* Craig said he will make a decision whether to run in June.
* Young is waiting to see whether Bongino or former Lt. Gov. Michael Steele decide to run. If neither of them pursue the position, Young said he would consider running.
Shawn Humphrey is a former contributor to The Flint Journal and lives near Washington in Germantown, Md.
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