Who Has the Edge in Race for Prince George’s State’s Attorney?
Alsobrooks, who is finishing her second term, is running for county executive.
Braveboy has racked up the lion’s share of endorsements, winning support from the police union, the county’s correctional officers, former state’s attorney and judge Alexander Williams and a slew of other labor organizations, among others. She has raised more than $162,000.
Ramirez has the backing of former state’s attorney Glenn F. Ivey, Progressive Maryland, U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) and the Service Employees International Union. Ramirez has raised $156,000 and has loaned his campaign another $58,000.
The state’s attorney’s office in Prince George’s has long struggled to retain front-line prosecutors, and all the candidates are promising to boost pay and reduce attorney caseload. Turnover in the office, they all say, is unsustainably high.
And all have focused on the need for a stronger focus on rehabilitation.
Where they differ is on who brings the most relevant experience.
“I’m the only one who’s done criminal trial work,” Ramirez said. “I’ve done over 500 cases myself. My vision is to address the injustice in our criminal justice system.”
He said his rivals’ lack of courtroom experience is “embarrassing” and “insulting” to voters. “I wouldn’t go to an eye doctor if I needed brain surgery,” he said. “The last person who had no courtroom experience was Jack Johnson; we saw how that worked out.”
Johnson, a former Prince George’s state’s attorney and a two-term county executive, served more than five years in prison following a 2011 guilty plea on federal corruption and bribery charges.
Lyles cast doubt on whether Ramirez would be able to prosecute former clients.