ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler announced several policy proposals Tuesday to fight domestic violence that he will advocate in his run for governor, as Maryland’s gubernatorial campaign picked up its pace a year before the primary.

Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who already has chosen a running mate for his run for the Democratic nomination, played up endorsements from dozens of local officials attending their annual summer meeting in Ocean City.

Gansler’s proposals include creating a network of Family Justice Centers around the state. He also is calling for the creation of Domestic Violence Dockets and pushing for legislation to increase penalties for crimes committed in the presence of a child.

“Running for governor is about ideas and policies that will help protect and improve the lives of Maryland families and children, not about bunting and slogans,” Gansler said in a statement. “I am going to travel across the state sharing my ideas and hearing from people in their communities.”

Gansler’s campaign manager, Carrie Glenn, said he would formally announce his candidacy in September. The primary is next June.

Gansler has announced the hiring of several campaign staffers.

Isaac Salazar, who worked as the Maryland Democratic Party’s first new media director, will be Gansler’s digital director. Antigone Davis, who has been an advisor to the attorney general since 2005, will be his campaign’s senior adviser. Davis recently left the attorney general’s office to work full time on the campaign.

Brown, who has been fast out of the starting gate in the 2014 race, is already touting endorsements. He previously had been endorsed by Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is term limited. Rep. Elijah Cummings and Rep. Donna Edwards also have endorsed Brown.

On Tuesday, Brown announced endorsements from 70 mayors and other local officials at a news conference in Ocean City. There were 46 officials from Prince George’s County, Brown’s home county, who endorsed him. Brown also was endorsed by seven members of the Baltimore City Council.

Montgomery County Del. Heather Mizeur also is planning to run in the Democratic primary. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, a former Baltimore County executive, also is considering a bid.

Republicans also already have some declared candidates. Harford County Executive David Craig announced his campaign earlier this month. Del. Ron George, of Anne Arundel, also is running. Michael Steele, the former Republican National Committee chairman and former lieutenant governor of Maryland, also is thinking about getting into the race.

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