The gubernatorial race has shrunk by one candidate since Meyer Marks, of Bethesda, announced today that was no longer in the running.
That leaves Harford County Executive David Craig, Anne Arundel Del. Ronald George (Dist. 30) of Annapolis and Waldorf businessman Charles Lollar seeking the Republican nomination.
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Del. Heather R. Mizeur (Dist 20) of Takoma Park are fighting over the Democratic nomination.
Citing time constraints, due to his job as a health care policy consultant, as well as a field full of qualified candidates, Marks said this was not the year for him.
“I am going to keep my options open for another opportunity in the future,” Marks said. “I just didn’t really have the time to commit to a statewide race.”
Marks said he has spent the past few months meeting and talking with Marylanders and has not ruled out running in the District 16 delegate race. Three Bethesda Democrats have filed for that race so far: Jordan Cooper and Hrant Jamgochian, both with backgrounds in health care policy, and Marc Korman, a lawyer.
“I am still considering that, but I am not announcing anything yet,” Marks said. His decisions will hinge on the financial support and encouragement he receives.
In 2008, Marks ran for a seat in the 8th Congressional District, losing the Republican nomination to Steven Hudson, who went on to lose to incumbent Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.).
Then in 2010, Marks ran in the race for delegate in District 16 and lost.
It hasn’t all been losses — that same year, he was elected as an at-large member of the Republican Central Committee from Montgomery County.