Brandon Scott

After career in law, Democrat Jim Shea seeks to be governor: 'I think I have something to offer'

After career in law, Democrat Jim Shea seeks to be governor: 'I think I have something to offer'

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of profiles of Democratic candidates for governor.

Jim Shea, until recently the chairman of Maryland’s largest law firm, stood in a Bethesda living room on a recent Sunday afternoon explaining to a small group of voters why he is seeking a late-in-life career change.

At 65, Shea is one of the most respected attorneys in Maryland. As guests sipped white wine, Shea spoke of how difficult it’s been to become a politician seeking the Democratic nomination for governor.

“One of the things you’re supposed to be able to do as a politician is deliver applause lines. That’s new to me,” Shea said. “There are no applause...

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