The primary election is approaching fast and Democratic candidates for Attorney General Brian Frosh and Jon Cardin are both certain they can win it.
“I feel very confident,” Cardin said. “I’m excited about the race, I’m excited about representing every single Marylander as their lawyer and I believe that my message is resonating throughout the state.”
“(My next step is) winning the election,” Frosh said.
Cardin’s platform contains four main issues: civil rights, public safety, consumer protection, and environmental protection.
“I would venture to say that I’m the only one with a vision for the future and a very direct platform,” Cardin said. “My number one priority as a legislator and lawyer is to provide a safe environment for individuals and families and businesses for the entire state.”
Frosh is concerned with cyber safety, senior safety, public safety, consumer protection and environmental protection. Protecting citizens against cybercrime is essential not only for kids, Frosh said, but for everyone.
“Any time any of us are online and even when we’re not, our private information is at risk,” he said. “There are folks working full time to steal from vulnerable citizens of our state. I’m a son, I’m a husband and I’m a father. I don’t want anyone else’s family to be hurt or defrauded.”
Cardin said during his time as chairman of the Maryland election law committee one of his priorities was eliminating domestic violence. Cardin said for the past eight years he has been a sponsor for a bill that requires enhanced penalties for committing domestic violence in the presence of a minor.
“My opponent voted against that bill for eight years in a row,” Cardin said. “I believe in this last election year he voted for it. I think that is the difference between vision and political expediency.”
Cardin said he also focused on stamping out racial profiling.
“If elected attorney general, I will tell all four state’s attorneys in Maryland that if they bring me a case painted with racial profiling, I will not take it on appeal,” he said.
Frosh said one thing he’d like to do is facilitate cooperation between the AG and state prosecutors in order to be more proactive about cases.
“The issues can be resolved at the ground level first,” Frosh said. “I would like to establish a cooperative effort to share that resource to help state’s attorneys as their cases are being investigated – as charges are being decided and when they’re putting the cases together, rather than waiting until after the case has been tried and is up on appeal.”
Frosh said though the AG office couldn’t give local agencies guidance on every single issue, they could offer assistance in cases with complicated legal issues.
“I’ve spoken to many (local prosecutors) and they would love this kind of cooperation,” Frosh said.
Cardin said he would look at the AG office as a way to reduce or eliminate violent crime, specifically illegal gun trading and violent gang activity. He would do that, he said, by working with the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG).
“Much of (NAAG’s) practice is based on adequate cooperation between local police, state police and federal authorities to investigate and prosecute all different crimes, but specifically gang activity in person, on the streets and online, and illegal gun activity both in person and online,” Cardin said.
Frosh said he is also concerned about the Chesapeake Bay.
“It is the responsibility of the attorney general to make sure that we have clean air, clean water and a healthy bay,” Frosh said. “We have a national treasure that runs through the middle of our state and it’s under enormous stress. It’s an icon and it’s part of our heritage and it’s something we need to preserve. Beyond that, it’s important for Marylanders to have clean air to breathe and clean water to drink for our own health.”
Frosh said he’s helped implement many environmental laws, including the Brownfields Revitalization Act, which he said has led to the cleanup and redevelopment of thousands of acres of contaminated industrial sites.
“It’s an environmental/real estate development/smart growth initiative that is ongoing,” Frosh said. “Enforcing those laws and implementing those laws is something that I look forward to.”
Cardin said he wants to ensure equality for all Marylanders.
“I love this state and I want nothing more than to provide a place where every single person feels like they’re being treated fairly, equally and with respect,” he said.
Cardin has been endorsed by organizations like the Maryland Multi-Housing Association and Citizens for Jessica’s Law in addition to several elected officials and former elected officials.
Frosh has received over 200 endorsements from a range of elected officials, former elected officials and organizations, including two former governors – Harry Hughes and Parris Glendening – and two former attorney generals – Steve Sachs and Joseph Curran, Jr.
“I’m very proud of (the endorsements),” Frosh said. “Those four men are people that I viewed as role models when I started participating in politics and I’m very honored to have their endorsement because they are people I respect and admire.”