Maryland Republican gubernatorial hopeful Charles Lollar plans to formally launch his 2014 campaign as early as September with a statewide bus tour, he said Tuesday.
Lollar, a Charles County resident who has been the subject of a draft movement for months, said in an interview that he has no doubt that he will move forward with a full-blown bid for office.
“My family is with me,” said Lollar, an African American businessman and officer in the Marine Corps Reserve. “My wife has given me the go-ahead, and the girls are on board.”
He will join what is shaping up to be a competitive GOP primary in the race to replace Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), who is term-limited.
Harford County Executive David R. Craig (R) and Del. Ronald A. George (R-Anne Arundel) have announced gubernatorial bids, and several other Republicans are eyeing the race, including Michael Steele, the former Republican National Committee chairman; and Larry Hogan, leader of Change Maryland, a grass-roots group.