Calvert County State's Attorney Robert Riddle has no opposition in the general election as he seeks a third term.
The lack of an opponent allows the Republican to focus less on politics and more on what he really enjoys: prosecuting criminal cases.
"I love my job," Riddle said.
Despite the easy race, he has been laying out his accomplishments to the public. They include prosecuting more than 20,000 criminal and jail-deserving traffic cases since 1998, obtaining convictions in all major cases and doubling his office's conviction rate in jury trials.
In addition, the Calvert state's attorney's office is the first outside of the immediate Baltimore-Washington area to participate in a U.S. Attorney's Office program called Project Disarm. The program allows local prosecutors to send convicted felons caught carrying a firearm to federal court, where they can receive much harsher sentences.
Riddle's office has sent at least two cases to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Greenbelt, where upon conviction the defendants received sentences of more than 10 years in federal prison.
"It is for people who have a history of violent crimes who are caught in possession of firearms," Riddle said. "It's a way to get them off the streets for a long period of time."
Riddle spent seven years as an assistant state's attorney before he was first elected in 1994, when he defeated his boss, Democrat Warren F. Sengstack, who had been the top prosecutor for 19 years.