- Associated Press - Monday, May 8, 2017

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - Maryland state Sen. Richard Madaleno Jr. says he’ll run for governor of Maryland.

The Washington Post reports (https://wapo.st/2qhtoYi ) that the Montgomery County Democrat announced Sunday that he will seek the party’s nomination to challenge Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in 2018. He made the announcement during a rally around dedicated Metro funding.

Hogan has said he’ll seek a second term, but hasn’t formally launched his campaign.

Madaleno is one of eight Democrats to express interest in the race, more than a year before the June 2018 primary. The leading Hogan critic has been a member of the Senate since 2007, after spending four years in the House of Delegates. He was the first openly gay lawmaker elected to the Senate.

Madaleno says he’ll make a formal announcement at a later date.

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