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Maryland AG race heats up with potential of O’Malley-Brown Democratic Primary – CBS Baltimore

TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) – There are several key races to keep an eye on as political candidates seek to fill vacancies in Maryland state government, including a campaign to become the next attorney general.

That race heated up when two candidates failed to receive name recognition in the Democratic primaries, previously Maryland First Lady Katie Curran O’Malley and her husband’s ex-partner, U.S. Representative Anthony Brown.

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Whoever wins could be pitted against Jim Shalleck, who is seeking the Republican nomination.

Dr. Mileah Kromer, director of the Sarah T. Hughes Center for Politics at Goucher University, told WJZ: “The great thing for Democratic voters is that there are two really qualified candidates. “And you can choose between the two and both have historical contenders.”

O’Malley, a retired Baltimore County Court judge, was well known to many voters. Her husband, Martin, is a former governor. She is also the daughter of Joe Curran, the longest serving attorney general in Maryland’s history.

If elected as the state’s top law enforcement official, Kromer noted, O’Malley would become the first woman to hold that office, “She’ll also be part of the father-son duo yet to be filled with a child.” ever seen in the state,” she said.

Against O’Malley is Brown, the former lieutenant governor and the life partner of her husband. Now a congressman representing Maryland’s 4th District, which includes the counties of Prince George and Anne Arundel, Brown is a military veteran with considerable experience in politics.

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“Brown is a progressive legislator, a veteran, and in the Trump years he supported the right of [transgender] service members,” said Kromer.

The winner of the Democratic primaries will likely face Shalleck, who is running on a “criminal tough” background.

Halleck, a former prosecutor, can be heard in a recent advertisement: “There is a crime epidemic in Maryland. “I’m a prosecutor and I want to use the powers of the Attorney General’s Office against it.”

Besides the attorney general’s office, the governor’s office and the prosecutor’s office are also set to open next year.

It’s likely all three seats – the most powerful in the state’s executive branch – could eventually be filled by female candidates, Kromer said, in what would be another first in Maryland’s history.

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The primary election is scheduled to take place in June, while the general election will be held in November.

https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2021/12/03/maryland-ags-race-heats-up-with-potential-omalley-brown-democratic-primary/ Maryland AG race heats up with potential of O’Malley-Brown Democratic Primary – CBS Baltimore

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