Invitation names Ulman as gubernatorial hopeful
An email invitation to a Columbia fundraiser tonight for Ken Ulman says the Howard County Executive wants to be governor.
The email, sent out by Evergreen Advisors LLC, says, “Ken has been committed to Howard County for two terms and now desires to attain the Governor's seat for Maryland, so that all citizens will benefit from his administration's initiatives.”
But while many have speculated Ulman will run, he said Wednesday night not to read too much into it. He's not planning to make any formal announcement.
“We haven’t made any final decisions," he said. "Three years is a long time.”
In response to the email, Ulman said, “My part is the event. They forwarded the event with their own message.”
“A lot of folks know there is going to be a lot of change in the state in three years,” he said. “We’ll take it one step at a time. We’re still evaluating where we go.”
As the president of the Maryland Association of Counties, Ulman said he’s often asked if he will run for governor, adding, “It’s really flattering.”
When people ask, he said he tells them, “My wife says I need to find a job in three years. I’m term limited. And I love the state of Maryland.”
Though Ulman has managed to raise a sizable amount of cash — nearly $440,000, according to his most recent campaign finance report in January — some fellow potential Democratic contenders had raised more by that date. State Comptroller Peter Franchot reported more than $515,000 and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler reported about $2.9 million. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown had just under $130,000.
Republican Harford County Executive David R. Craig had close to $65,000 on hand in January. Upper Shore Republican Sen E.J. Pipkin had nearly $24,000, Harford County Sen. Nancy Jacobs had about $4,600, and Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold had close to $424,000.