The following announcement was sent to Scott E’s Blog back in February (sorry it took me so long to get this information online):
Howard County Circuit Court Judge John Kuchno has earned the endorsements of Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and former Attorney General Douglas Gansler. Frosh is the chief legal officer for the state of Maryland and Gansler is his immediate predecessor. Both Attorneys General expressed their strong support for Judge Kuchno to retain his seat as Judge on the Circuit Court for Howard County.
Attorney General Frosh, serving his second term as the state’s top legal officer, is widely viewed as one of the most popular statewide elected officials. In announcing his endorsement, Frosh praised Judge Kuchno’s legal ability, experience, and judicial temperament, stating, “I worked with Judge John Kuchno in the Attorney General’s Office where he did outstanding work on important cases. He is an excellent attorney. He has brought to the bench his fairness, humility and common sense. I enthusiastically endorse him to continue serving on the Howard County Circuit Court.”
Doug Gansler served as Maryland Attorney General from 2007 to 2015, and ran unopposed for his second term. He is now in private practice. Gansler’s endorsement likewise focused on his firsthand knowledge of Judge Kuchno’s judicial qualities: “As a former Attorney General of Maryland, I had the privilege to have Judge John Kuchno work for me in the office. When complex and challenging cases arose, I knew I wanted Judge John Kuchno to handle them. He knows the law, is levelheaded and studies all parts of the case to have a keen understanding of the issues involved. He served the citizens of Maryland well. He has the right experience to continue serving the people of Howard County on the Circuit Court bench. I supported Judge John Kuchno when he applied for the position and I urge you to vote in April for him in the Democratic primary.”
Judge Kuchno served the public as an Assistant Attorney General for nearly ten years, working with Attorneys General Gansler and Frosh. Judge Kuchno was a member of the elite Civil Division of the Attorney General’s office, where he was lead counsel in high profile cases facing the state. Prior to joining the Civil Division, Kuchno was counsel for the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System.
Judge Kuchno thanked Attorneys General Frosh and Gansler, saying, “I am grateful for the experience of working with Maryland’s chief legal officers. Their continued trust and faith in my abilities is humbling. I will continue to use common sense, good judgment, sound reasoning, and moral and ethical responsibility to carry out my duties as Judge. To earn the endorsement of the top lawyers in the state demonstrates I have the temperament, knowledge, and leadership to continue serving as a public servant on the Howard County Circuit Court.”
Governor Larry Hogan appointed Judge Kuchno to the court in December 2018, and he was sworn into office one year ago. The appointment came after a rigorous evaluation process designed to assure the appointment of the most qualified and best suited judge to serve Howard County’s citizens.
Prior to his service as a Maryland Assistant Attorney General, Judge Kuchno worked in private practice. He earned his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from the University of Maryland and his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law.
The endorsements from Attorneys General Frosh and Gansler come in advance of the primary election set for April 28, 2020, and the general election on November 3, 2020. Judicial candidates appear on both the Democratic and Republican primary ballots.