2021 | Politics

Shalleck will run for state attorney general

Former election board chairman previously ran for state’s attorney, county executive

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Courtesy Jim Shalleck

A longtime prosecutor who lives in Montgomery County announced that he’s running for Maryland attorney general in 2022.

Jim Shalleck, a Republican, said in an interview that his main priority would be to address crime statewide. He added that recent news reports about violence across Maryland prompted him to run.

“It’s gotten to my soul, and I want to use my experience to serve as attorney general to fight this cancer,” he said.

Shalleck resigned as chairman of Montgomery County’s Board of Elections to become a candidate.

He previously ran unsuccessfully for Montgomery County executive and Montgomery County state’s attorney.

Shalleck, who lives in Montgomery Village, is a native of New York City.

He was an assistant district attorney in the Bronx from 1971 to 1983. He said he prosecuted the “Son of Sam” killer, who was responsible for three murders in the Bronx in the 1970s.

Shalleck was an assistant attorney general in New York from 1983 to 1989. 

He moved to Maryland in 1989 to work for the U.S. Justice Department for about five years. 

Shalleck said his experience as chief of the Bronx District Attorney Homicide Bureau means he’s qualified to address crime statewide.

“When you talk about fighting crime, there’s no place to be better trained and do it than in the Bronx,” he said.

Shalleck, 75, said he thinks Attorney General Brian Frosh, a Democrat, has focused too much on political lawsuits against former President Donald Trump, versus issues more important to Maryland.

A spokesperson for Frosh’s campaign could not be reached for comment via email Friday.

Frosh, 74, who lives in Somerset, is completing his second term. He has not publicly said whether he will run for re-election again. No candidates had filed to run as of Friday afternoon.

Shalleck said he knows he’s an underdog as a Republican running for statewide office in Maryland, but added that he couldn’t “sit on the sidelines.”

He has had a private law practice in Montgomery County since 1994, focusing as a criminal defense attorney on federal and state law, along with administrative and family law.

Shalleck lost races for Montgomery County state’s attorney in 1994, 1998 and 2006. He was the Republican candidate for county executive in 2014, losing to Democrat Ike Leggett. 

Steve Bohnel can be reached at steve.bohnel@bethesdamagazine.com