David Graham (Delaware)
|Delaware Attorney General|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Profession||Certified public accountant|
Graham has worked as an accountant with the Delaware Department of Finance since 2003, after 25 years as a certified public accountant. He is a veteran of the Delaware National Guard and the U.S. Army.
- See also: Delaware attorney general election, 2014
|Attorney General of Delaware, 2014|
|Election Results via Delaware Office of the State Election Commissioner.|
Graham's campaign website listed the following themes for the 2014 race:
1. As an enlisted veteran and a citizen of Delaware I believe our Delaware veterans should be provided with the highest level of care by the Veterans Administration Hospital located upstate in Elsmere. As Delaware Attorney General, I will use the resources of the office to investigate and prosecute for violations of Delaware laws committed against our veterans.
2. In Delaware, the elected office of Attorney General has evolved into an incubator for career politicians. As Delaware Attorney General, I will lobby our Delaware Legislature to pass an amendment to the Delaware Constitution, to change the office from an elected positon to one appointed by the Governor with Delaware State Senate confirmation. Many other states have eliminated the office of Attorney General an elected position due the realization that decisions by their Attorney General must be based on the law -- not politics.
3 As a Delaware-licensed CPA with over 25 years experience in private industry, I know that our employees are our most valuable assets. Our deputy attorney generals are hard-working, dedicated lawyers committed to upholding the law. I will commsision an independent study of the compensation levels in the Attorney General's office to assure and be an advocate for them to be properly recognized for their education, experience and dedication as warranted.
4. The current Delaware Attorney General brought in a former JAG Marine major in to replace then deputy, now Superrior Court Judge Butler. This was a servious mistake and former Major Ian McConnell has already given notice of his departure after causing signficant damage to morale. As Attorney General, I would promote first from within choosing from among the most experienced and capable senior deputies.
5. The Attorney General of Delaware is a "General in command of battalion of lawyers". The positon of Attorney General requires strong management and leadership skills -- not the extremely limited skill set of a career politician or a lawyer with only experience litigating business law. Furthermore, I believe is it a conflict of interest and a lack of segregation of duties for a member of the Delaware Bar to serve in the elected position of Attorney General of Delaware.
6. As Attorney General I will use good business practices to streamline the agency towards equal justice for all, speedy trials, prevent prosecutor abuses, and limit excessive plea bargaining; especially for those who are connected, get special treatment and appear to be above the law. Sometimes, our citizens express and justifiably beleive that in Delaware you are either in or out: "If you are in, you're in the money; if you are out, you are just out of luck".As Attorney General, I will work to end the two-tier application of law enforcement in the First State. 
—David Graham's campaign website, (2014) 
October 15 debate
Matthew Denn (D), Ted Kittila (R), Catherine Damavandi (G) and David Graham (I) discussed the state's heroin problem and their proposals for strengthening the office during a debate at Widener University Law School. Kittila and Damavandi agreed that the attorney general's office should target high-level dealers in the state to deal with the drug's growing use. Graham brought up a family member struggling with heroin addiction when bringing up the need for rehabilitation programs. Denn also argued on behalf of treatment programs that could stem the supply side of the problem.
The candidates were asked to assign themes to their campaigns or potential administrations during the debate. Denn spoke about the need to improve the efficiency of the office while focusing on violent crimes. Kittila suggested that the office needed to reclaim its role atop the state's legal system. Damavandi stated that her administration would be focused on equal justice for every resident and Graham suggested that leadership and management would be necessary to continue the office's work.
- See also: Delaware gubernatorial election, 2012
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- Delaware Department of Elections, "Filed Candidates by Office," accessed September 26, 2014
- Delaware Elections, "General Election Candidate List" accessed October 12, 2012
- Graham for Attorney General, "Home," accessed September 26, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Graham for Attorney General, "The Issues," accessed September 26, 2014
- Newsworks/WHYY, "Delaware Attorney General candidates trade verbal jabs at Widener law debate (video)," October 16, 2014
- Delaware State Board of Elections, "General Election Results 2012" accessed November 6, 2012