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For more than 40 years — 1958 to 2002 — there were no contested races for circuit court judge in county general elections.

Of 23 circuit court judges in the county, 11 are women and five — including Berry — are minority group members.

District court judges are not subject to election — they are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Maryland Senate.

This year’s increasingly acrimonious race for circuit court judge — along with similar contests in nearby Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties — could revive a long-running state legislative debate over whether the Maryland constitution should be amended to eliminate elections for circuit court judges, as well.

The email asserted that Pierre “has never tried a criminal case in any circuit court in Maryland.”The original email message also said Pierre had never tried a civil case in Montgomery County Circuit Court.

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