Candidate Survey: Maureen Keogh for Caroline County State’s Attorney
Maureen D. Keogh
Office Sought and District
Caroline County State’s Attorney
Bachelor of Arts– Salisbury State University– 1998
Juris Doctor– University of Baltimore, School of Law– 2000
Why are you running for office?
As an attorney in private practice in Caroline County for nearly 20 years I see the need to change the current direction in the State’s Attorney’s Office. The office needs to be focused on our community. I have been a part of this community for my entire career. As a private attorney I understand the need to be prepared and dedicated to representing my clients. I am well versed in the law and am a seasoned litigator. In my career I have handled a variety of cases, both in and out of the courtroom and have developed the ability to be a creative and comprehensive problem solver.
As the State’s Attorney I would serve the community with a strong work ethic, compassion, caring, and professionalism. Police officers, victims, and witnesses deserve to be heard, respected, and kept informed regarding cases that impact them. The people of the County deserve representation that is prepared and appropriate in and out of the courtroom. It is time for a change in our public office and the attitude of those who occupy it. I am the candidate to bring a change to Caroline County’s State’s Attorney’s Office.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
My political role model is Ronald Reagan. President Reagan was an extremely effective public speaker. He was able to navigate the Cold War with diplomacy and strength. His foreign policy exemplified a leader that used his power with a restraint that the situation needed.
At home he brought about economic change which had a profound impact on the citizens of the United States. His domestic agenda never suffered as a result of his focus on Foreign Policy.
Specifically, with respect to day to day impact in prosecution of crimes, in 1982 he commissioned the President’s Task Force on Victims of Crime to address the role of victims in the criminal justice system. This study led to legislation at the Federal level which granted the victims of crime the right to be heard. The States have also followed suit with Statutes and Rules that address a victim’s rights in Maryland.
My admiration of President Reagan is based upon his ability to be a well-rounded and effective leader while still exercising restraint. He is an example of how to wield tremendous power in a very conscientious and proper manner.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
My favorite book about politics and policy is Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. This was a fascinating “case study” of a President that proved to be quite the political genius. In a time of great political and social upheaval President Lincoln managed to unite his opponents in the pursuit of a common, higher, purpose. He was able to navigate a tumultuous time with strength and morality. The author takes the reader through the events that shaped the man, as well as illuminating the manor in which he navigated a time in American history that shaped history. It is a fascinating read that I would recommend to anyone interested in both the life of Abraham Lincoln and the history of our country.
What will be your top priority in elected to this position?
My top priority will be to bring professionalism and a strong work ethic back to public service. I believe that service is crucial to the job of a public servant. The State’s Attorney’s Office needs to have strong working relationships with the police, citizens, attorneys, and Courts in our County. I would create an office that serves the community and is committed to representing the State and the citizens of Caroline County. Focusing on preparation, respect, and professionalism will result in better service to the citizens of the County and allow the State’s Attorney’s Office to work on creative and unique solutions to the issues we are confronting.
What is the biggest issue facing your county?
The biggest issue facing our county is the opiod epidemic. Unfortunately, as a private attorney I have seen first hand the impact that this epidemic has had on the community and families in this county. I have represented parents who have lost their children, children who have lost their parents, and individuals who are struggling to get away from opiods. In my representation of all of these individuals I have a unique perspective on the issues, and the need for new and more creative thinking about how to confront this epidemic. The way we have handled addiction in the past is not solving the opiod epidemic and we need to adjust our way of thinking.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
Other than appropriately budgeting for the office and being responsible with the funds entrusted to the State’s Attorney’s Office, the State’s Attorney does not make or enact tax or spending policy. As a taxpayer who has always worked in the private sector I am quite mindful of the need to be responsible with public funds and respectful of the fact that the funds are being provided by taxpayers who have worked very hard for their wages.
What is your position on a county tax cap?
As a State’s Attorney I would have no input on the policy regarding a County Tax Cap.
What is your position on land use issues?
As a State’s Attorney I would have no input on the policy regarding Land Use Issues
What is your position on public safety?
My position on Public Safety is that it is a MAJOR PRIORITY. If citizens are not safe then nothing else matters. Every citizen has a right to feel safe in their home, their school, and their community. We are facing a new world in terms of safety when it comes to social media, school safety, controlled substances, and crime. We are all facing these issues as individuals, families, and professionals. In order to try to address these issues we are going to have to consider creative solutions and try to begin working on the source of some of these issues, not just the outcome.