Del. Jon Cardin -- nephew to U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin -- publicly launched his pre-campaign to be Maryland's next attorney general this morning with an email declaring that he's formed an "exploratory committee."
The field already includes Senate Judicial Proceedings Chairman Brian Frosh, a Montgomery County Democrat. Also rumored to be considering a run are former U.S. Rep. Frank Kratovil and Del. Bill Frick.
Current AG Doug Gansler is widely expected to run for governor in 2014 -- creating a vacancy.
Cardin, a Baltimore County Democrat, said in a statement that he's "exploring a run" for the office to "bring fairness and protection to Maryland’s consumers, students, environment, and economy and to keep it as the best state to live, work and recreate."