Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, who is widely expected to run for the Democratic presidential nomination, will announce his plans on May 30 in Baltimore, an aide confirmed Thursday.
O'Malley will tell donors and other supporters about the announcement in a conference call Thursday night. He is unlikely to tell them he is running, though, because that would trigger a deadline for him to officially file his candidacy papers prior to May 30.
The news was first reported by the Washington Post, but confirmed by an aide Thursday.
Two candidates have announced they are running for the Democratic nomination: former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. Two others _ former Rhode Island governor and senator Lincoln Chafee and former Virginia Sen. James Webb _ are considering a run.
O'Malley visited New Hampshire, the nation's first presidential primary state, on Wednesday and, according to news reports, told reporters and party activists that they could expect a decision about his plans “very, very shortly.”
“I believe that there’s plenty of room for a more open conversation,” he said.