ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Monday endorsed Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in his run for governor.

The mayor’s endorsement at the Avenue Bakery in Baltimore was made nearly a year ahead of the Democratic primary.

“Anthony Brown knows that we must continue building and growing the economic development partnership between local government, state government and private business — small businesses and others — to keep creating jobs in all of our neighborhoods,” said the mayor of the state’s largest city, which is heavily Democratic.

Brown, who was a delegate representing Prince George’s County before he was selected to be Gov. Martin O’Malley’s running mate in 2005, has been working to get a quick start on trying to win the nomination. He already has chosen his running mate, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman.

Brown has been endorsed by Rep. Elijah Cummings, Rep. Donna Edwards and O’Malley, who is term-limited. Last week, Brown announced endorsements from 70 local officials, more than half of them from Prince George’s.

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, who is expected to officially announce his candidacy in September, has started holding informal meetings with Maryland residents to talk about statewide issues.

Del. Heather Mizeur, a Montgomery County Democrat, is planning to run. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger also is considering a bid.

Republican candidates so far include Harford County Executive David Craig and Del. Ron George of Anne Arundel County. Michael Steele, the former Republican National Committee chairman and former lieutenant governor of Maryland, also has said he is considering getting into the race.

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