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State's Attorney Challenger DeLeonardo Wins
By Heather Cobun , Carroll County Times Staff Writer
June 24, 2014
Brian DeLeonardo is the winner of the race for Carroll County State's Attorney over 20-year incumbent Jerry Barnes.
DeLeonardo captured 54 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections website, with 9,714 votes.
Barnes, who has been in office since 1994, trailed with 46 percent of the vote at 8,239 votes, according to results. The winner of the Republican primary essentially wins the office, as they will be unopposed in the November general election.
DeLeonardo said that he spent his campaign knocking on doors and talking to as many voters as he could to increase name recognition and learn what voters cared about.
"I think, for the voters, I think they see it's time for a fresh perspective," he said. "When you have 20 years of incumbency, it really is time for some new ideas."
DeLeonardo was also present at all eight days of early voting, talking to potential voters, and spent 13 hours at Manchester Valley High School on primary election day.
DeLeonardo cited the support of law enforcement agencies as a major factor that helped him win the election.
"The police really know what's going on in the streets and in the courtroom," he said.
Having worked as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney, DeLeonardo said he plans to use both experiences to avoid losing cases.
"I understand how a defense attorney will look at a case and attack a case," he said, adding that he has been teaching law enforcement courses for 15 years and looks forward to a "new partnership" with police.
Barnes could not be reached for comment by 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Copyright © 2014, Carroll County Times
Sunday, June 15, 2014 1:43 PM
Carroll County Times Endorse DeLeonardo for State's Attorney
The Carroll County Times, in addition to both local and state law enforcement organizations, have endorsed Brian DeLeonardo for State's Attorney. In endorsing him, the paper stated:
"DeLeonardo has fresh ideas, including a repeat offender team of prosecutors, an intensive treatment and supervision programs for first-timers facing drug charges, and re-establishing a drug investigator in Carroll schools."
Sunday, June 15, 2014 11:47 AM
Carroll County Sportsmens' Association Gives DeLeonardo "A" Rating
The Carroll County Sportsmens' Association has given Brian an "A" rating, which is the highest rating a candidate for office can receive. This reflects his strong, and long-standing commitment to defending the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens while taking a strong prosecution stance against those who would commit violent crimes and drug offenses using firearms.
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