Ocean City Today

Kris Heiser first to file for Wor. State’s Attorney’s Office

By Brian Gilliland | Oct 26, 2017
Photo by: Brian Gilliland Kris Heiser

(Oct. 27, 2017) Kris Heiser, an assistant state’s attorney in next-door Wicomico County, became the first candidate to file for the office of State’s Attorney for Worcester County in next year’s election and announced her intention at the Ocean City convention center Monday afternoon.

“I believe in personal accountability, hard work, treating everyone equally, and helping those who can’t help themselves. If elected Worcester’s state’s attorney, I pledge that equality, consistency and fairness will be the hallmarks by which I enforce our laws and hold criminals accountable,” she said.

Opioids, crimes against vulnerable victims such as the elderly or special needs individuals, support for law enforcement and building a strong team of prosecutors were the highlights of her announcement speech.

Several dozen people were at the announcement event, nearly all of them wearing light blue shirts endorsing Heiser for the office.

A native of Howard County and a daughter of a D.C. police captain, Heiser moved to Ocean City from the western shore in 2008, after earning her juris doctor degree from the University of Maryland.

She worked under then State’s Attorney Joel Todd from 2008 until 2011, when she accepted a position at the Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s office.

In her current role, Heiser said she is responsible for the hiring, training and supervision of all new prosecutors in Wicomico’s district court as well as administrative functions such as budget planning and management.

Heiser, in a press release announcing the event, said she was entering the race because incumbent Beau Oglesby had become a judicial nominee. Oglesby remains in office during the selection process.

A few hours after the event, Oglesby made his own announcement via the official State’s Attorney’s Facebook page.

Though he has not yet filed any paperwork, Oglesby said should he not be selected as one of five candidates for two openings on the Circuit Court bench, he would seek a third term “for the greatest job I have ever known.”

If, however, Oglesby were selected by Gov. Larry Hogan to become a judge, he said Deputy State’s Attorney William McDermott would seek the office with his full support.

There is no formal timetable for Gov. Hogan’s decision.

Maryland’s 2018 Democratic and Republican primary elections will be held June 26, and the general election will be held Nov. 6.

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