Candidates for state's attorney were asked the following question by The Washington Post:
Changes: What changes, if any, do you propose to make in the operation of the state's attorney's office?
Miles F. Alban Jr. (R), 41, of 25008 Woodfield School Rd., Gaithersburg, is an attorney and police detective sergeant with 18 years of experience in criminal law enforcement. An Air Force veteran and graduate of the University of Baltimore law school, he has studied law enforcement training at several universities and has taught at local colleges.
Changes: When elected I will: 1) Vigorously prosecute all offenders involved in crimes of religious or racial hatred and violence. 2) Pursue a policy of more aggressive prosecution of drunk drivers. 3) Seek mandatory sentences for all who use handguns in the commission of a crime. 4) Target for incarceration those who victimize our elderly citizens. 5) Drastically curtail the practice of plea bargaining, with an end to eventually eliminating it in its entirety. 6) Combat the growing drug problem -- especially in our schools -- by focusing on the "pusher" as opposed to those who merely possess drugs. 7) Seek incarceration for repeat juvenile offenders, especially burglars. 8) Increase prosecution of public pronography and prostitution. 9) Insist that the office become more respoonsive to the public, and insure that victims of crime and their families are heard in court.
Andrew L. Sonner (D), incumbent, 48, of 205 W. Montgomery Ave., Rockville, has been Montgomery County state's attorney since 1970. A graduate of The American Univeristy law school and part-time professor of law, he has 16 years of experience in criminal prosecution. He is vice president of the National District Attorneys Association.
Changes: Over the past 12 years, the state's attorney's office has developed many effective programs and administrative procedures. I do not anticipate significant changes following the election. The office weill continue its successful efforts to combat crime and to maintain its reputation as one of the leading prosecution offices in the country. We have implemented a career criminal unit employing highly experienced prosecutors to expedite and intensify the prosecution of violent offenders, and to eliminate plea bargaining. We incorporated the philosophy and techniques of this successful unit into a new unit to combat burglary. The burglary unit's efforts raised the rate of conviction, and the county burglary rate dropped 25 percent in the first year. This office has been a pioneer in the development of alternative community service programs, victim assistance programs and treatment alternatives for misdemeanants, drug offenders and juvenile offenders. Many changes proposed by my opponent are already in place.