From Cecil Times —–
The campaign for Cecil County State’s Attorney could be one of the more interesting, and heated, races to watch this year as incumbent Christopher Eastridge and potential challenger Michael Halter– Eastridge’s former deputy– square off, as they did in separate interviews with The Cecil Times on Monday.
Halter criticized his former boss for not giving prosecutors in the office more “discretion” in handling felony cases, deciding which cases stand the greatest chance of successful prosecution at trial and which cases should be handled with plea agreements. Eastridge shot back that Halter’s criticism was unfounded and said of his former deputy: ”The position went to his head.”
As The Cecil Times reported Sunday,( article linked here: http://ceciltimes.wordpress.com/2010/06/06/michael-halter-files-to-run-against-chris-eastridge-for-states-attorney/ ) Halter filed his candidacy as a Republican last week and a day later, Eastridge filed for re-election as a Democrat. So far, Eastridge is unopposed in the Democratic primary while Halter will face longtime Elkton attorney Ellis Rollins III in the Republican primary. Rollins filed his candidacy last summer but is also seeking a gubernatorial appointment to a vacant Circuit Court judgeship.
Halter and Eastridge insisted Monday that there was no attempt to orchestrate a challenge to Rollins in the GOP primary as a maneuver to possibly weaken the well-known Rollins for a potential match-up with Eastridge in a general election contest.