Maybe Baseball Can Bring Some Clarity to Our elections
I’ve been struck by how some of the candidate “messaging” seems to obscure the facts more than clarify them. This is particularly the case with the communications of one State’s Attorney candidate, and I think a baseball analogy can help. Think of working in the State’s Attorney’s office like playing professional baseball. All of the players are professionals, but some play in the major leagues, and some are in the minor leagues. Among the candidates it’s pretty clear which is which, if you actually examine their records.
One candidate works primarily in a single section of the State’s Attorney office, indeed manages that section, but most of the cases in that section are misdemeanors and vehicular offenses, don’t go to jury trials, and most are pled out. His practice is primarily in the District Court which, to continue the baseball analogy, is “the minor league” of the Maryland Courts.
Bt contrast, Kathryn Marsh is strictly “major league.” She’s held the top non-elected position in the entire State’s Attorney’s office for years, the Deputy State’s Attorney. She already exercises management, financial and training responsibilities over the entire State’s Attorney office, including the Circuit Court and the District Court functions. She has years of experience handling the Department’s financial, training and personnel functions, as well as being the top player in the “big league” of Circuit Court where the major jury trials of violent crimes occur, and she’s handles nearly all type of crime.
I think it’s important to understand these differences, because the future of law and order in our County depends on it. The State’s Attorney (our “District Attorney”) is the top law enforcement officer in the county, with responsibility for mature decision making and fairness based on experience. The facts show that only one of the candidates actually has that experience across the board. With that said, my vote is for the player who can take the State’s Attorney Office team to a World Series championship, Kathryn Marsh. I think that if you study the facts and the differences, yours will be too.