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Former Prosecutor Jim Shalleck Announces Bid for Attorney General

When then-Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) ran for re-election in 2010, he scooped up more than 98% of the vote, because the state Republican Party couldn’t find anyone to run against him.

They won’t have that problem in 2022.

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James F. Shalleck, an attorney and Republican activist in Montgomery County, announced on Thursday that he will challenge incumbent Brian E. Frosh (D) next year.

A former federal prosecutor who has worked in private practice since 1994, Shalleck resigned as chairman of the Montgomery County Board of Elections in order to run.

“Crime is the most important issue to me,” Shalleck said in a statement. “Keeping our families safe from violent crime must be our top priority. I have seen the devastation and heartache that murder and violent crime has done to families. Their loss and anguish and emptiness haunts them from the moment they wake up until they go to sleep, every day forever. I will use the power of the Attorney General’s office to fight this crime wave everyday.”

Shalleck, 75, was a prosecutor in the Bronx, N.Y., during the summer of 1977, when the “Son of Sam” killer was terrorizing New York City. He helped prosecute the state’s case against David Berkowitz, the man arrested in the killings.

This is not Shalleck’s first run for public office. He was the GOP nominee for Montgomery County executive in 2014 and ran twice for Montgomery County state’s attorney.

Frosh has not indicated whether he intends to seek a third term.

The 74-year-old former state senator and delegate defeated Republican challenger Craig Wolf in 2018, winning 65% of the vote.

Frosh had $205,000 in his campaign account when he filed his most recent campaign finance statement earlier this year.

He told Maryland Matters he will announce his plans for next year soon.

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