Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger is featured in a new radio ad supporting Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's gubernatorial run, as Democrats try to win over county voters in the final stretch before Election Day.
The ad, paid for by the Maryland Democratic Party, touts Brown's work on preventing domestic violence.
"No job is more important than keeping the residents of Baltimore County safe," Shellenberger says in the radio spot. "I am proud of the progress we've made to fight domestic violence. No one has been a stronger partner than Anthony Brown."
Shellenberger heads up the legislative committee of the Maryland State's Attorneys' Association and in an interview, he praised the O'Malley-Brown administration for work on a law that makes it easier for victims to obtain protective orders, and the Firearm Safety Act of 2013.
"The Maryland States Attorney's Association has been pushing for a lot of these bills," Shellenberger said, adding that about a quarter of Baltimore County homicides are domestic-related. "Domestic violence is an issue that's really important to me here in Baltimore County."
Shellenberger and Brown differ on the death penalty, which the administration worked to repeal last year. The state's attorney launched an unsuccessful referendum drive with Del. Neil Parrott to try to reverse state lawmakers' decision to end capital punishment.
"I fought the death penalty fight very hard," Shellenberger said. "But the death penalty is such a small part of the criminal justice system…It's an issue upon which reasonable minds can differ."