David Ellin, a Finksburg resident and attorney, filed this week to run for Republican nomination the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s seat in the 2022 election.
“It felt like a natural fit for me,” he said. “I would love to be able to return to the courtroom as a prosecutor.”
The seat was up for grabs once Brian DeLeonardo, Carroll’s current state’s attorney, was selected to be a Carroll County Circuit Court judge. His swearing in is July 15 and an interim state’s attorney will be selected to run the office until the election.
The primary election is June 28, 2022, and the general election is Nov. 8, 2022. No other candidates have filed for the office as of yet.
Ellin, a Owings Mills native, said he’s been practicing law for the last 24 years. He spent three years as a Baltimore City assistant state’s attorney where he prosecuted cases in the Felony Narcotics Unit.
He’s the legal counsel for the Carroll County Republican Central Committee, and has had his own practice since 2004 handling auto accident and medical malpractice cases.
“When I was a prosecutor in Baltimore City, it was my favorite job ever,” the 47-year-old said.
He added the only reason he left was because a relative needed his help with his own practice and the reason he opened a civil practice and not a criminal defense is because he had a “prosecutorial mindset.”
“And I really didn’t want to represent criminals,” he added.
Ellin said his motivation for running for state’s attorney is to be more involved in the community. He said he has a vested interest in the county and wants to keep Carroll safe for families.
He said DeLeonardo has done a great job but wants to build on the office’s successes.
Ellin’s goals are to establish a veterans court, continue to focus on domestic violence and improve drug treatment. He said veterans courts, like those in other Maryland counties, would be beneficial to the 11,000 veterans in Carroll County.
Ellin said the judicial system is mostly about punishment and not rehabilitation. He would advocate to better educate children to set them on the right path.
“I’d like to see more intervention in the schools,” he said.
This isn’t Ellin’s first time running for public office. He ran for a House of Delegates in 2018, losing in the GOP primary for District 5 to Dels. Susan Krebs, April Rose and Haven Shoemaker.
He said it would’ve been a good first step in getting into politics, something he’s had an interest in.
Ellin compared the decision to run to voting.
If people complain about politicians but didn’t vote, they cannot complain, he added. There were things he didn’t like, so he wanted to be involved in the process.