GOP's Blaine Young reports meeting fund-raising goal

Blaine Young, one of the leading potential Republican contenders for governor in 2014, has reported that he met the funding goal he set when he announced he was considering a possible race last year.

Young, president of the Frederick County Board of Commissioners, stole a march on his potential Republican rivals by filing his required campaign finance report ahead of Wednesday night's deadline.

Young, a favorite of the conservative wing of the party, reported raising almost $450,000 -- exceeding his interim goal of $300,000 by nearly 50 percent. He reported that he closed out the reporting period with more than $340,000 in cash on hand.

While Young's campaign is officially still exploring whether to make the 2014 race, there didn't seem to be much doubt at the Republican state convention in December. His workers surrounded the Turf Valley resort  with "Blaine Young for Governor" signs and had the most conspicuous presence at the gathering.

If he runs, Young is expected to face Harford County Executive David R. Craig and perhaps other entrants. Craig had not filed his report as of Tuesday.

While former Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele has occasionally been mentioned as a potential Republican candidate, his campaign disclosure -- also filed early -- showed no fund-raising activity over the past year. His campaign account shows that he has just over $81,000 in cash on hand -- not enough to suggest plans for a statewide race.