Ex-Rep. Frank Kratovil applies for judgeship

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Is Frank Kratovil ready for yet another career change?

Having lost his reelection race in Maryland’s 1st congressional district last November after one term in office, Kratovil recently settled into his post as the third-in-command at the Prince George’s County state’s attorney’s office. The duties were familiar, because before he was elected to Congress, Kratovil had spent six years as Queen Anne’s County state’s attorney.

Now he’s interested in a different title — judge.

Kratovil has applied for a judicial vacancy on the Maryland District Court for Queen Anne’s County, one of five hopefuls looking to succeed retired Judge John T. Clark III. The commission tasked with recommending a pick for the job to Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) is scheduled to meet Dec. 6.

“I’ve been considering ... how I can best continue serving both my local county and state with public service,” Kratovil said Thursday, adding that he was also mulling what job would be best for supporting his wife and five children.

Some Democrats have hoped Kratovil would try next year to beat the man who unseated him in 2010, Rep. Andy. Harris (R). But the new congressional map released this week by O’Malley’s redistricting advisory committee would make Harris' 1st district even more favorable to Republicans than it already is, meaning Kratovil would face an uphill battle if he chose to run.

Kratovil said he was still mulling whether to run again for Congress and would announce a decision “within the next several weeks.”

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