While the headliner in the 2014 elections will be the race to replace Gov. Martin O’Malley, another contest — for attorney general — is shaping up as an interesting runoff between members of the same district in the General Assembly.
Del. William C. Frick (D-Dist. 16) of Bethesda announced during the weekend he plans to run for the state’s chief law officer post, pitting him against district-mate Brian E. Frosh (D-Dist. 16) of Chevy Chase, among others. Frosh has an exploratory committee full of prominent names, including U.S. Rep. Christopher Van Hollen Jr. (D-Dist. 8), a pair of former governors and a number of his Senate colleagues. That committee has helped him exceed fundraising goals, Frosh said, and continues to grow as he gains support.
Frosh also is chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, which is where several high-profile bills are being heard during this legislative session, including gun control, death penalty repeal, dog-attack legislation and speed cameras.
“This is all stuff I’ve been working on for years,” Frosh said. “Being a good state senator and being a good chair of my committee is helpful to me in running for attorney general.”
Frosh said he had not yet spoken to Frick about his plans but said he didn’t think their shared turf would lead to any discord.
Although nothing will be official until the filing deadline in 2014, Frick said he would love to run for the seat if, as expected, current Attorney General Douglas Gansler, also from Montgomery County, runs for governor.
“I’ve had a passion for consumer-protection issues since I first came to Annapolis,” said Frick, who has been a delegate since 2007 and has a law degree from Harvard. “I have a clear vision ... to protect people from the system and the scams that try to drag them down.”
Other potential candidates include Del. Aisha N. Braveboy (D-Dist. 25) of Mitchellville, current chair of the Legislative Black Caucus, and Del. Jon S. Cardin (D-Dist. 11) of Owings Mills.
But Frick said it’s still early in the election cycle, and any number of candidates could express interest or drop out of the race, including Frosh.
“It’s way too early to know with any of the candidates, even the chairman, who will end up running,” Frick said.
“Hopefully it turns into a boring consensus election for Bill Frick,” he said jokingly.