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00000176-770f-dc2f-ad76-7f0fae420000In 2014, Maryland voters have several big choices to make. Election results will determine a lot of what happens in the state for the next four years. There are statewide races for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and comptroller. Several county executive seats are in play. Every seat in the state legislature will be on the ballot, as will Maryland’s eight congressional seats. Maryland's two U.S. Senators, however, get a break; neither is up for re-election.WYPR will be covering many of these races. We will be updating this page with information and stories. The primary election is June 24. The general election is November 4.You must register by June 3 2014, to vote in the primary. You must register by October 14 to vote in the general election. According to the Maryland Board of Elections, you can register in person in a number of places, including state and local board of elections offices, the MVA, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and all public institutions of higher education.To register to vote online, go here.Find your polling place here.Early voting for the primary begins June 12. Every locality in Maryland has at least one early voting center. Find an early voting center here.The Governor’s RaceThe Washington Post’s John Wagner has a good breakdown of candidates who are running for governor, thinking about it, or considered it and decided to pass.

Dutch Ruppersberger: Will He or Won’t He?

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Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger may have a problem with commitment when it comes to campaign plans.

On Tuesday January 14th, Jaime Lennon, a spokeswoman for Ruppersberger hinted at a run for governor in a piece that ran in the Carroll County Times. And that wasn’t the first time the second district Congressman or a spokesperson has said he is toying with entering Maryland’s 2014 gubernatorial race. He’s been talking about it since last spring.

Should the former Baltimore County Executive actually get in the race, he could reconfigure the Democratic primary where all three candidates—Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, Attorney General Doug Gansler and Delegate Heath Mizeur—are from the Washington suburbs.

With the February 25 filing deadline approaching, let’s trace the timeline of statements.

  • April 12, 2013: Congressman Ruppersberger said “If I do decide to do it…I’ll have to talk to my family, my wife… and the people who are running now” in a video interview with Maryland Juice (around the 3:30 minute mark).

But wait! There’s more ambivalence!

  • January 14 2014: In the Carroll County Times piece, Lennon said Ruppersberger “’is still considering’” a campaign.

Ruppersberger has said before that he would “kick butt” as governor of Maryland, citing his years of experience in politics and in running Baltimore County. In 2001, while Ruppersberger was the executive, Governing magazine named Baltimore County one of the nation’s “best managed counties.”

What’s stopping him? Ruppersberger told Wagner in his Washington Post piece he is keeping his “’quality of life’” in mind; he gets to spend time with his grandchildren who live in Virginia.

There are nearly six weeks left until the filing deadline, so stay tuned.