(CNN) – Another former governor has announced he wants his old job back this November.
Republican Bob Ehrlich, who lost his re-election bid as Maryland's chief executive in 2006, told supporters in an e-mail Tuesday that he will make another run for the office he held from 2003 to 2007. He will officially kick off his campaign on April 7 with events in heavily Democratic Rockville and in Baltimore County, the area he represented in Congress for eight years.
"Are you ready to take back Maryland?" said Ehrlich in a letter sent to his campaign e-mail list. "Then I hope you'll join me on Wednesday, April 7th as I announce my candidacy for Governor of Maryland."
Ehrlich beat the odds in 2002 when he defeated Democratic Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the eldest daughter of the late Robert Kennedy, to become Maryland's first Republican governor since 1969. He was defeated in 2006 by Democrat Martin O'Malley, then the mayor of Baltimore, who now seeks a second term.
Other former governors who hope to reclaim their states' top jobs are Republican Terry Branstad of Iowa and Democrats Roy Barnes of Georgia, Jerry Brown of California, and John Kitzhaber of Oregon.