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Charles P. Strong Jr., Republican

For Washington County State's Attorney

For Washington County State's Attorney

July 13, 2006

Washington County State's Attorney Charles P. Strong Jr., a Republican, has filed to retain the position to which he was appointed in 2004.

Strong, 59, of 1423 The Terrace in Hagerstown, was appointed county state's attorney by the county's Circuit Court judges in July 2004 after former State's Attorney M. Kenneth Long Jr. was appointed by Gov. Robert Ehrlich to a District judgeship.

Strong said he has felt "privileged" to serve as state's attorney and hopes to continue serving the county's citizens.

"I have not forgotten the courtroom, unlike my peers in jurisdictions my size," he said. Strong said his office has a strong violent crimes prosecution program and "aggressively prosecutes" crimes against all victims, from children to Maryland Division of Correction employees.

After passing the Maryland Bar in 1972, Strong worked for more than five years as a prosecutor in Prince George's County, Md., and then worked as a prosecutor - an assistant and then deputy - in Washington County for more than a year. He then spent about five years in private practice, he said. In 1988, Strong returned to the Washington County Office of the State's Attorney, at which time he worked as the Washington County Narcotics Task Force prosecutor. He became the deputy state's attorney in 1993.

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