In a small sampling of likely Democratic voters, a couple of Montgomery County lawmakers have emerged as the top contenders to replace Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler.
Sen. Brian E. Frosh — with the apparent support of much of Annapolis’ Democratic establishment — has been considered the frontrunner for months. But Del. C. William “Bill” Frick — who shares the 16th legislative district with Frosh — garnered 54 votes to Frosh’s 70 in a straw poll at the Western Maryland Democratic Summit last weekend.
Frick, who at 38 is 30 years Frosh’s junior, had raised $60,000 in campaign cash to Frosh’s $390,000 as of January. But Frick said Monday he is emboldened by his respectable showing out west, and has put together a team that is raising money across the state.
“I’m very serious,” Frick said, adding that he would not officially declare his candidacy unless Gansler announces he won’t seek another term as attorney general. Gansler told The Daily Record last week that such an announcement would probably come this fall.
Until then, Frick said he’d try to raise his profile outside of Montgomery County. Like Frosh, Frick says he’s excited about potentially enforcing some of the laws he’s helped the General Assembly craft.
“We have a lot of good, democratic legislation,” Frick said. “It’s the place you can give the kind of enforcement our laws deserve in the areas of consumer protections, and workers rights and be a champion of our businesses.”