On Monday July 9th, Peggy Marshall Thomas, a career prosecutor who worked in the Attorney General’s office for 30 years, filed to lead that office.
“For the past 12 years, the Office of the Attorney General has been run by politicians with no experience prosecuting criminal cases. The citizens of Delaware deserve better. It is time to put justice ahead of politics”, said Marshall Thomas.
Marshall Thomas worked in the Attorney General’s office for three decades. She served for 15 years in New Castle County, and 15 years in Sussex County, where she was appointed Chief Prosecutor by then-Attorney General Beau Biden. During her tenure, Peggy prosecuted some of the most serious cases of child abuse and homicide. She convicted James Allen Red Dog, a five time killer. She secured justice for Bryan Martin, who died at four years of age from repeated abuse.
Former Attorney General Jane Brady said, “Peggy has a proven record as a strong advocate for the victims of crime. She brings the experience, integrity and toughness to fairly and effectively hold criminals accountable.”
Marshall Thomas pledges to run an Attorney General’s office that provides “Justice, not Politics”. “In recent years, we have gotten away from our basic responsibilities. The Attorney General must be a leader in assuring the resources, training and support for prosecutors, victim service workers and law enforcement. I will emphasize support for victims of crime and implement policies that assist both prosecutors and law enforcement to protect the citizens of Delaware”, said Marshall Thomas.
Peggy’s family reflects the diversity that is our community: Her husband, Craig Thomas, retired as a Master Corporal after 29 years with the Delaware State Police and currently works for Wilmington University; they live in Lewes and Middletown and have five children and one grandchild in their blended family. Peggy was the first person in her immediate family to graduate from college so she is most proud of the fact that their four oldest children are all college graduates: Lindsay Hageman is a graduate of Goldey Beacom College and is a police officer for Wilmington Police Department. She and her wife, Sherri, have one child, Landon, Kevin Hageman is a graduate of the University of Delaware and is self-employed, Michael Thomas is a graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, currently stationed in Key West, Florida and Allison Hageman is a graduate of the University of Delaware and is working in the hospitality industry in Washington, D.C. Their youngest, John Thomas, is adopted from Guatemala, and is a junior at Middletown High School.