A former prosecutor is the latest to join the race for attorney general in November’s general election.
Catherine Damavandi officially launched her campaign last week for the top law enforcement job in the state and is the only candidate with experience at the Department of Justice, something she said is missing among the other candidates.
However, few prosecutors in the office are willing to take that step, Damavandi said. Delaware law forces any potential candidate from within the office to resign from their posts if they are going to run for attorney general.
Earlier this year State Prosecutor Kathleen Jennings said she would not launch a campaign for the post, saying she did not want to leave her job. She instead threw her support behind Democratic candidate, Lt. Gov. Matt Denn.
Damavandi, a Green Party candidate, said that law is something that should change. If elected, she said she would also look to make the office more efficient. She said she wants all of the resources where they need to be – “in the courtroom doing prosecutions,” she said.
Damavandi worked for 14 years as a deputy attorney general, prosecuting white-collar crime in Superior Court and misdemeanor crimes in the Court of Common Pleas, and later representing the state’s Human Relations Commission, the Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board and the Department of Correction.
As attorney general, Damavandi said she would work to curb violent crime, protect Delaware’s children, elderly and vulnerable populations.
“I don’t believe we have enough blue-collar jobs and the drug culture is filling the void in the blue-collar communities,” she said.
The race for the office leading up to November’s general election is packed with candidates seeking to succeed Attorney General Beau Biden, who earlier this year announced he was exploring a 2016 run for governor and would not seek re-election.
Denn and Damavandi also face Republican candidate Ted Kittila, a Wilmington corporate lawyer, Independent candidate David Graham and Libertarian candidate John Machurek.