- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 27, 2006

[4:47 p.m.]

Stuart O. Simms, a former state corrections chief and Baltimore state’s attorney, is set to become the running mate to Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan in his bid for governor, sources close to the campaign said.

Mr. Simms, a black Baltimore lawyer, is expected to help Mr. Duncan make some political inroads in Democratic opponent Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley’s backyard.

Mr. Duncan’s campaign has not yet officially confirmed Mr. Simms’ selection as the campaign’s pick for lieutenant governor, but aides confirmed that Mr. Simms is the choice.

Mr. Simms was first appointed Baltimore’s top prosecutor in 1987, and then re-elected twice. In 1995, Gov. Parris Glendening appointed Mr. Simms to be secretary of juvenile justice.

Mr. Glendening then appointed Mr. Simms to be secretary of public safety and correctional services in 1997. Mr. Simms served in that post until 2003. He has since worked at the Baltimore law firm of Brown, Goldstein and Levy LLP.

Mr. Simms graduated from Harvard Law School in 1975.

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