By: Bryan P. Spears, The Daily Record...
Delegate Erek L. Barron proudly represents Prince George’s County in the Maryland General Assembly where he works on behalf of all Marylanders with a focus on transparent and accountable government, economic development, healthcare and criminal justice issues. As a former state and federal prosecutor, and one of the few lawyer-legislators and practicing attorneys in the legislature, he brings a valuable perspective to the legislature’s work, no matter what the issue.
When he’s not delving into public policy, Mr. Barron works as an attorney in private practice and is recognized annually as a “super lawyer” in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Currently, Mr. Barron is a litigator and counselor at the law firm of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP where he practices general litigation and counsels small businesses and nonprofits.Mr. Barron also serves as a leader within the legal profession and is a leading advocate on access to justice issues.
Prior to his private law practice, Mr. Barron had a distinguished career in government. First, as a prosecutor in Prince George’s County, he prosecuted a variety of economic crimes and violent offenses. During this time, Mr. Barron was honored by the Maryland State’s Attorneys’ Association, the Maryland General Assembly, and the Governor for his exemplary service. Later, as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. Barron prosecuted criminal conspiracies and gang cases.
Erek Barron – An Attorney at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, the newest addition to the District 24 Delegation has tremendous statewide potential. A former prosecutor (as an ASA in Prince George’s and Baltimore City as well as at the Department of Justice) who worked for then US Senator Joe Biden on Capitol Hill, Erek has as sterling a resume as any legislator. He also has an easy going charm and keen intelligence. Bonus Points: he played football at College Park.
Barron, a former prosecutor for the county state’s attorney’s office and the U.S. Department of Justice, is also well known for his community efforts, which include extensive efforts to improve legal aid for low-income residents. He’s in touch with the challenges facing the county, such as foreclosures, and has solid ideas to address them.
...we support Erek Barron, a lawyer with a long history of public service. Mr. Barron would bring experience, savvy and a laudable focus on criminal justice matters to the legislature.
Erek Barron...cerebral former prosecutor; conscientious and working an array of issues. Was a big player in the criminal justice reform debate...
The Prince George’s County Public School System receives over $1.2 billion a year in total state education aid. Erek has worked diligently with his colleagues to make sure that public schools get their fair share of resources. That includes funding for important school construction projects that fix aging and dilapidated school buildings to support our growing school populations. Erek will continue to fight for this critical funding to make sure that our schools are educating our students, providing them the necessary wrap-around services, and act as centers of our communities.
Erek knows how important mobility is to our residents in order to live, work, and support their families. That is why he helped form a working group of legislators that developed a series of recommendations to reform the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (“Metro”) in order to ensure better service, safety, reliability and transit oriented development around our metro stations. While mass transit is essential, we must also not neglect the County’s streets and roadways. Erek has and will continue to fight for the County’s share of Highway User Revenue and capital transportation grants.
As a member of the Health & Government Operations Committee, Erek has become one of the leading public health advocates in Annapolis. He will continue to use his position to fight for full funding for the Prince George’s County Regional Medical Center, for legislation to expand and improve mental health treatment, and resources to combat the opioid epidemic. Moreover, Erek strongly believes that the General Assembly needs to protect the health care of over 430,000 state residents, many of which are from Prince George’s County, who get their coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s Maryland Benefits Exchange and Medicaid expansion.
We need responsible, equitable, and affordable mixed-use and transit oriented development in Prince George’s County. As co-chair of the WMATA-Metro Work Group, Erek firmly believes that we must build and support development around the county’s 15 metro stations and other transportation centers, particularly inside the beltway. However, he also believes that economic development is as much about human development as it is about real estate development. Erek has championed measures in the General Assembly that support the stability of hard working families, such as paid family medical leave and raising the state’s minimum wage to a living wage.
During his time as an assistant state’s attorney, a federal prosecutor, and a lawyer in private practice, Erek has seen first-hand the inequities of the criminal justice system and understands the need to restore public confidence in law enforcement. Erek was a leader in passage of the Justice Reinvestment Act, which controls the amount of money spent on incarceration and reinvests those funds into better public safety strategies such as drug and mental health treatment. Additionally, he has fought to fix our inherently broken and unequal cash-bail system and for legislation that removes social barriers for ex-offenders by expanding access to expungements. Erek will continue to fight for safe communities and a fair criminal justice system for everyone.
In addition to his passionate work on large policy matters, Erek prides himself on serving constituents and bringing much-needed resources back to the district and the County. In addition to the funds for the County schools, roads, and hospital, Erek has worked with his colleagues in the delegation to secure state funding for the Arc of Prince George’s County, Prince George’s County Community College, the Medical Unit at the Prince George’s County Detention Center and Bowie State University. Additionally, Erek and his district 24 team work with the 202 Coalition and have formed the Route 450 Coalition to ensure that constituents are kept abreast of community events and information and have the opportunity to address government officials directly about local, state and federal issues.
By: Bryan P. Spears, The Daily Record...
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