Douglas F. Gansler * * (D)

Age: 40

Residence: Chevy Chase.

Education: BA, Yale University; JD, University of Virginia School of Law.

Occupation: State's attorney for Montgomery County.

Elected offices/civic activities: State's attorney for Montgomery County, 1999-present; assistant U.S. attorney, 1992-98; attorney, Howrey & Simon, 1990-92; law clerk to Judge John F. McAuliffe, Maryland Court of Appeals, 1989-90; 2002 Mothers Against Drunk Driving Hero Award; 2000 Victims' Rights Foundation Champion of Children Award; adjunct professor, Washington College of Law, American University; vice president, Maryland State's Attorneys Association.

Why should the voters elect you?

"As a candidate in 1998, I championed a concept known as Community Prosecution, whereby prosecutors are assigned to proactively fight crime by neighborhoods. Immediately after taking office in 1999, I fully implemented the Community Prosecution model. Prosecutors in Montgomery County now work with specific police districts, community groups, business organizations, schools, civic associations and faith-based organizations. To the people of Montgomery County, I extend my sincere thanks for the trust they have placed in me as their chief law enforcement officer. I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve as your state's attorney."

What would you like the voters to know about you?

"I am also very proud to say that my wife, Laura Leedy Gansler, is co-author of the book 'Class Action,' which was published this summer."

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