State Sen. Brian Frosh files for attorney general

Sen. Brian E. Frosh is pictured during the debate. Senators debate before voting to pass the Firearm Safety Act of 2013.
State Sen. Brian E. Frosh on Tuesday became the first candidate to officially file as a candidate for attorney general in next year's election.
Frosh, a Montgomery County Democrat, is expected to face a hotly contested primary contest in the race to succeed Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, who is expected to soon declare his candidacy for governor.
“I am running for Attorney General because I believe Marylanders want to know they’ve got an advocate who will fight for them.  They want to know someone has got their backs,” said Frosh.
Frosh, who is winding up his fifth term in the Senate, announced his candidacy in July, shortly after Del. Jon S. Cardin of Baltimore County entered the race. Dels. C. William Frick of Montgomery County and Aisha Braveboy of  Prince George's County are also expected to seek the Democratic nomination. In recent decades, winning the Democratic nomination has been tantamount to election to an office no Republican has held for more than a half-century.
The 66-year-old Frosh has been chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee since 2002. He has been a leader of liberal forces on such issues as gun control, same-sex marriage and abolition of the death penalty.
Frosh has said that attorney general is the last office he is interested in holding and that he has no ambitions to run for governor someday.