State Del. Haven Shoemaker filed paperwork on Tuesday to be a candidate for the state’s attorney for Carroll County in the 2022 election cycle.
Shoemaker, a Republican representing District 5 in the House of Delegates, will make his official announcement at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday outside the county’s historic courthouse.
Previous Carroll County State’s Attorney Brian DeLeonardo was appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan to serve on the Carroll County Circuit Court in June and was sworn in last week.
Allan Culver, who had been DeLeonardo’s Deputy State’s Attorney, was appointed the interim state’s attorney Friday. He has not indicated whether he plans to seek election to the office in 2022.
David Ellin, a Finksburg resident and attorney, filed earlier this month to run for the state’s attorney’s office as a Republican.
Shoemaker and Ellin faced each other in the 2018 Republican primary for one of the three seats representing District 5 in the House of Delegates. Shoemaker finished second with 8,811 votes while Ellin finished fourth with 4,176 votes.
Shoemaker, who is in his second term representing Carroll County in the House, was recently appointed Republican Chief Deputy Whip after previously serving as the Minority Parliamentarian for the Caucus.
He previously has been elected Hampstead Town Council member, the mayor of Hampstead and Carroll County commissioner.
During his announcement, Shoemaker said he has practiced law “for almost 29 years now.”
“A fair amount of that practice has involved criminal defense,” he said. “In all of my cases, I’ve tried to be a zealous advocate for my clients, who have generally been poor or working class or middle-class folks. In both the political realm, and as a lawyer, I have spent most of my adult life seeking justice.”
The delegate pointed out state’s attorney it is an “incredibly important position” and considering the experience he acquired over the last three decades, he decided to file for candidacy.
“I promise you that I will be a zealous advocate for my new client — the people of Carroll County,” Shoemaker said, noting he would keep in place programs implemented by DeLeonardo. He said he would also lean heavily upon Culver for his “institutional knowledge.”
“First, despite what other prosecutors are, or are not doing, we will enforce the law,” Shoemaker said. “Second, we will back our police, plain and simple … And now, it’s time to get to work.”
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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. To run for a local state’s attorney’s office in Maryland, a candidate must be admitted to practice law in the state.