Candidate Survey: David Ryden for Harford County State’s Attorney

David Ryden


Office Sought and District
State’s Attorney for Harford County

J.D. University of Richmond School of Law (2003), B.A. St. Mary’s College of Maryland (2000)

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Deputy State’s Attorney for Harford County

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Why are you running for office?
To Further the work I’ve done as a career prosecutor for Harford County. To enter our office into a new generation of prosecutors, and to maintain the superb police-prosecutor relationship that Harford County has that other jurisdictions do not.

Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Joe Cassilly, State’s Attorney. He doesn’t have to make decisions beholden to the elite, but instead to the citizens of Harford County. He is wildly popular because he speaks his mind and always has the interests of the community in mind.

What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
John Adams by David McCullough if you can categorize politics, history, and biography into those terms. If you’ve read it, it needs no explanation why.

What will be your top priority in elected to this position?
Using creative measures to target drug dealers for lengthy sentences where existing and highly effective drug laws were gutted by the Justice Reinvestment Act of 2016 by Annapolis.

What is the biggest issue facing your county?
Opioids and collateral crimes, viz. theft, burglary, robbery, impaired driving, and crimes of violence.

What is your position on taxes and spending?
Low taxes and low spending is preferred. However, law enforcement needs to be given the resources it needs.

What is your position on a county tax cap?

What is your position on land use issues?

What is your position on public safety?
It is my only priority as State’s Attorney. It is of the utmost importance to daily life. We should be supporting first responders and prosecutors with all the resources they need, and sending tough-on-crime Sheriff’s and State’s Attorneys to office instead of progressive politicians who will bring failed systems.

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