Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan (D) withdrew from the race for Governor of Maryland today. In a statement posted on his website he said, "Over the past several months, in the course of waging a vigorous and aggressive campaign, I have struggled with what has recently been diagnosed as clinical depression." He also noted that his family has a history of battling this disease.
Duncan also said in his statement, "Earlier today I called [Baltimore] Mayor OMalley and told him I would support his candidacy against Governor Ehrlich, and that I will not file as a candidate myself." He continued, "While I will continue serving the people of Montgomery County for the rest of my term, and will do what I can to help elect Democrats at every level in Maryland, I will not be a candidate on the ballot for any office this year for the first time in decades."
Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) released the following statement today in response to Duncan's announcement:
"Doug Duncan is a man of great integrity, decency and commitment to his state and his nation. I am proud to call Doug my friend. We have been true partners on so many fronts - including the improvement of transportation in Montgomery County and the redevelopment of Silver Spring.
"While he has pulled out of the Governor's race, we have not heard the last from Doug Duncan. Doug is a giant - I know he will continue his remarkable career of service.
"Our prayers and support go with he and his family. We wish him well on his healing journey and look forward to our continued friendship."
Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) also released a statement:
"As chief executive, Doug Duncan helped Montgomery County grow and prosper. As a candidate for governor, he ran on a strong record of improving education, protecting the environment, and improving quality of life for working families. I respect Doug's decision to end his campaign and wish him and his family the very best as they focus on his health. I look forward to working with Doug to return the Governor's mansion to the people of Maryland."
Doug Duncan's Statement