The Baltimore County Bar Association just sent out this letter from Judge Larry Daniels. This is just a very nice letter that underscores that judicial elections are just the wrong play.
Dear friends and colleagues,
It has been my privilege and pleasure to serve as a judge in Baltimore County since 1989. Over that 20-year span I have tried, and I hope I have succeeded in some small way, to have a positive impact on the practice of law here in Baltimore County.
After 20 years, I still am quite passionate about my service as a judge. I enjoy coming to the courthouse each day; I enjoy very much the people I work with in and out of the courtroom; and, most of all, I enjoy working with you, my fellow members of the Baltimore County Bar Association, in making the Baltimore County court system the best in the state of Maryland.
My term of office expires in November of this year. In order to continue my service as an active judge, I would have to run successfully for a new term in the election of November 2010. As much as I enjoy my service as a judicial officer, I must confess I have no desire to spend the next 16 months campaigning for office.
Any political campaign requires a complete and total commitment of time and effort by the candidate. Politically, there is no such thing as a “part-time” campaign. As you all are aware, our “baby judge” on the Baltimore County Circuit Court bench, Judge Sherrie Bailey will be on the ballot in November 2010. She has already begun an extremely vigorous campaign. Because I can not give a total commitment of time and effort to a campaign, it would be unfair to Judge Bailey and the other judges on the ticket to run as a “hanger-on.” For that reason, I have advised Governor O’Malley of my intent to take retired status when my current term expires in November.
Needless to say, I wish all of my colleagues on the Sitting Judge ticket success in the election of 2010. It is my sincere hope that the Baltimore County Bar Association will vigorously support the members of the Sitting Judge ticket. They are good people and dedicated judges who deserve your support.
At this time, I would like to take the opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your support of me as a judge. I would also like to apologize to you for any time when I was not as courteous or polite as I should have been.
Thank you, thank you, and thank you again for your friendship and support over the years.
Judge Larry Daniels