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Frosh to join Md. attorney general’s race

Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Chair Brian E. Frosh, D-Montgomery, will formally announce his run for Maryland attorney general Tuesday.

State Senator, Brian E. Frosh, Chairman of the Judicial Proceedings Committee

  Sen. Brian E. Frosh, D-Montgomery. (File photo)

If elected in November 2014, Frosh would succeed Douglas F. Gansler, who plans to announce in September that he is running for governor.

“I think I can make a real difference for Marylanders as attorney general,” Frosh said Monday in previewing his announcement.

“I think I can have an impact on the things that people are concerned about,” he said. “They want to feel safe in their neighborhoods. They want to breathe clear air; they want to drink clean water.”

Frosh has publicly discussed his plan to run for attorney general since last July. The only question became when and how the formal announcement would be made.

In an interview Monday evening, Frosh, 66, said he plans to keep his announcement low-key at the start, beginning with a widely distributed press release Tuesday and an email to supporters. He said he will have a campaign “kickoff” event in September.

Frosh will be the second announced candidate in the race for attorney general, joining Del. Jon S. Cardin, 43, D-Baltimore County. However, Del. C. William “Bill” Frick, D-Montgomery, and Del. Aisha N. Braveboy, D-Prince George’s, are expected to join the race soon. The primary election is June 24, 2014, and the general election is Nov. 4, 2014.

By running for attorney general, Frosh will have to abandon after the 2014 session his seat in the General Assembly — where he has served for 26 years — and his chairmanship of the Judicial Proceedings Committee, which he has held since 2003.

“I’d love to do both,” Frosh said.

He recalled as legislative highlights his shepherding of controversial gun-control legislation through the General Assembly this past session, as well as environmental legislation he has sponsored over the years.

If elected, Frosh also would have to give up his private law practice. He is a name partner in the Bethesda office of the law firm Karp, Frosh, Wigodsky & Norwind P.A.

“I want to be the people’s lawyer,” Frosh said of being attorney general.

Possible successors to Frosh as chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee include the committee’s vice-chair, Lisa A. Gladden, D-Baltimore City, and Sen. Jamin B. “Jamie” Raskin, D-Montgomery.