BALTIMORE - Democratic State Del. Jon Cardin today announced his candidacy for Maryland Attorney General, making him the latest state politician to announce plans to seek higher office.
Cardin has served in the House of Delegates since 2003, representing portions of Baltimore County, including Pikesville and Owings Mills and a section of Timonium. He is seeking to replace Doug Gansler, who is expected to announce his candidacy for governor by September.
"Families are facing new and complex challenges in today's rapidly changing world, and I believe Maryland's next Attorney General must be aggressive enough and savvy enough to stay one step ahead of anyone seeking to harm our families - whether on our streets or in cyberspace," Cardin said in a statement. "I believe my experience as a state Delegate, an attorney and the father of a beautiful young daughter, uniquely prepare me to fairly protect Maryland families from the next-generation challenges they face."
Campaign finance reforms and cyber bullying are two issues Cardin has tried to tackle in his time in office. Last year, Cardin was also the lead sponsor of Grace's Law, which was signed into law by Gov. Martin O'Malley, and is now regarded as one of the nation's toughest laws against cyber bullies who target our children.
"Throughout my career in the Maryland House of Delegates, I've made a point of staying one step ahead of those corporations that take advantage of Maryland consumers, one step ahead of anyone polluting Maryland's environment, and one step ahead of anyone looking to harm our children," Cardin said.
"Twenty years ago, we could have never envisioned that this new thing called the Internet would become the preferred vehicle for predators and bullies to go after our children - but that's the world we live in - so I led the charge to write and pass Grace's Law, one of the toughest anti-cyber bullying laws in America. These are the types of forward-thinking ideas I look forward to bringing to the Attorney General's office."
Cardin is not the lone Democrat interested in seeking the office. Also expected to run is state Sen. Brian Frosh, a Montgomery County representative who is also chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. He formed an exploratory committee last year and is expected to formally enter the race soon.