ROCKVILLE, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Attorney General Doug Gansler officially launched a 17-stop tour in his campaign for governor on Tuesday.

He began Tuesday in Rockville and continued with a stop in Baltimore. He is scheduled to make other stops across the state over the next week.

Gansler focused his campaign speech on the economy and jobs.

“As governor, I will protect the people of Maryland,” Gansler said. “I will protect them by delivering on the number one priority in our state: jobs — creating jobs and a fairer economy where the middle class, and thus all of us, thrives.”

Gansler said he was focused on meeting the needs of Maryland residents, not the political establishment.

“I’m not your candidate if you just want the status quo,” Gansler said. “I have never just gone along merely to get along.”

Gansler noted that he broke Maryland’s Democratic Party establishment when he endorsed Barack Obama for president, when many endorsed Hillary Clinton.

Gansler also spoke of his record in two terms as attorney general.

In 2010, Gansler issued a legal opinion that concluded Maryland must recognize out-of-state gay marriages until the Legislature or courts decided otherwise. Maryland lawmakers passed same-sex marriage legislation last year, and the state’s voters approved it on the ballot in November.

Gansler is running against Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Del. Heather Mizeur for the Democratic nomination for governor.

Republicans also have three candidates seeking the nomination for governor. They are Harford County Executive David Craig, Del. Ron George and Charles Lollar.

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