Former Baltimore Judge Catherine “Katie” Curran O’Malley is making her run for attorney general official, launching her campaign with a video outlining her local roots and legal experience.
O’Malley retired this fall after two decades on the bench in Baltimore District Court and formed a campaign finance committee to explore a run for attorney general as a Democrat. The moves came shortly after the current attorney general, Democrat Brian Frosh, announced plans to retire and not run for reelection in 2022.
O’Malley becomes the second high-profile Democrat in the race, joining Anthony G. Brown, currently a congressman and formerly a lieutenant governor.
O’Malley earned her law degree from the University of Baltimore and worked as an assistant state’s attorney in Baltimore County for a decade before being appointed to the bench in 2001.
In her launch video, O’Malley says that she had a reputation as a judge for being “tough, but fair.”
“People need an attorney general that’s going to stand up for them, fight for them, and pursue justice for them every single day, and that’s why I want to become Maryland’s next attorney general,” she says in the video.
Though judges are required to refrain from partisan politics, O’Malley has been adjacent to politics her whole life. She acknowledges in her video the influence of her father, J. Joseph Curran Jr., Maryland’s longest serving attorney general. Her husband, Martin O’Malley, is a former Baltimore mayor, Maryland governor and presidential candidate.
One Republican has filed to run for attorney general: Jim Shalleck, an attorney in private practice who previously chaired the Montgomery County Board of Elections.
The deadline for candidates to submit candidacy paperwork for the 2022 election is Feb. 22. Primary elections begin with early voting starting June 16 and end with Election Day voting June 28.