Duncan Drops out of the Race for Governor

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Yesterday, Doug Duncan bowed out of the race for Governor, citing clinical depression. Here is his message to the voters:

When I announced my candidacy for Governor in October, I challenged the people in Maryland to think bigger for our state, for our future, and for our children. And I have had the privilege and honor of meeting people from every corner of this state who share my view that we don’t have to settle for things the way they are.

I still believe that we can move Maryland forward to better things – that we can create a State of greatness. But today, I want to say that I will not be leading that effort.

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. At first I attributed it to the stress of the campaign, but over the past several weeks it became to clear to me, my wife Barb and our family and to my closest supporters that this was more than the usual wear and tear of the campaign trail.

My family has a history of battling this disease – and it hasn’t always been easy. For people who have not suffered from this illness, or lived with a love one who does, they may not understand just how difficult this can be.

It is difficult. And it is difficult for me to announce today that I will no longer be a candidate for Governor of Maryland, but it is the right decision for me, my family and for the Democratic Party.

Earlier today I called Mayor O’Malley and told him I would support his candidacy against Governor Ehrlich, and that I will not file as a candidate myself. 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.

For twelve years, I’ve had the honor of serving the people of Montgomery County as their Executive – and together we’ve made great progress. But now it is time for me to focus on my health.

I want to thank all of the people, from all across Maryland, who have lent their support to this effort, too many to name here today. But I do want to acknowledge and thank my friend Stu Simms, a man of extraordinary integrity, depth and substance. I knew when I chose Stu as my Lt. Governor that the State of Maryland needed his kind of leadership – and I still believe that today.

Finally, I want to thank my family – my wife Barb and my children, Michael, Andrew, John, Thomas and Conor. They have stood by me through so much over the years and they are standing by me in my decision today.

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