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Four Republicans, one Democrat seek to become first new Harford state's attorney in 36 years

Four Republicans, one Democrat seek to become first new Harford state's attorney in 36 years

Beginning in December, the Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office will have a new leader since the early 1980s.

After nine terms — 36 years — as the leading prosecutor, Joseph Cassilly will retire when his ninth term expires in December. Four people are running to take his spot.

Lisa Marts, Albert Peisinger, David Ryden and Steven Trostle are running on the Republican ballot. The winner of that primary race will face Democrat Carlos Taylor in the general election.

Ryden is a deputy state’s attorney for Harford County, a position he was sworn into in January. Marts, a former assistant state’s attorney in Harford, is a prosecutor in Baltimore City. Peisinger worked for...

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