Weathersbee said he hires the best applicants; sometimes they're minorities, sometimes they're not. The office currently has three black prosecutors among five minority attorneys.
Weathersbee won his 2010 election by just under 3 percentage points, the only time when his Republican challenger was an African-American lawyer, but generally has had higher margins of victory. Snowden supported Weathersbee.
Republicans have complained about Weathersbee for decades, alleging that his office botched cases and saying it plea-bargained about 95 percent of its cases. Weathersbee sloughed off the criticism.
Dan Nataf, who heads the Center for the Study of Local Issues at Anne Arundel Community College, said short of a big scandal, courthouse officeholders typically retain their positions.
"It was easy to remember he has a sign with a little bee in it, and a good sign presence in the county. It didn't seem like there was any compelling reason to get rid of him," Nata said.
A prosecutor since 1969, Weathersbee was named by the county's Circuit Court judges to replace his charismatic boss, Warren B. Duckett Jr., who was appointed to the bench. He concedes that Duckett, who has since died, was far more effervescent than he is. Many attorneys agree.
"He is not a charismatic guy, but he is an excellent administrator," said criminal defense attorney John H. Robinson III, whose disputes with Weathersbee led him to quit his prosecutor's job well over a decade ago.
Weathersbee acknowledged that he's mellowed since he was a young prosecutor. His former TR4 sports car is a fond memory; he drives a Toyota Avalon sedan these days.
His pursuits have become less active from decades ago, when he organized a state's attorney softball team and played shortstop. And he quit sailing decades ago: "I have run aground almost every place you can run aground in the Chesapeake Bay," he said.
He used to play golf, but that fell away in favor of golf on a computer in the Crownsville home he shares with his wife, Patricia. He also plays an air traffic controller game in which "I don't lose many planes," he said.
Weathersbee also loves a game that allows him to sink ships in World War II, and he says his failure to ever win as the South in a Civil War game — though he often wins as the North — has left him amazed that "the South was able to hang on so long."