Tomorrow is Primary Day in Maryland, and here in Baltimore, the race for State’s Attorney features three Democrats who are conducting vigorous campaigns.
Our original plan was to pause our series of Conversations with the Candidates once early voting had begun. A week of early voting ended last Thursday. But given that the race for Baltimore City State’s Attorney is one of the most contentious in the city’s history, we decided to have a conversation with the candidates for that office on this election-Eve.
The winner of the Democratic primary for State’s Attorney will not face an opponent in November, so the person who will hold the position of the city’s top prosecutor for the next four years will be elected tomorrow.
The incumbent, Marilyn Mosby, is being challenged by two local attorneys, Ivan Bates and Thiru Vignarajah, who join Tom today in Studio A.
Ivan Bates has worked as a defense attorney and a city prosecutor. He worked in the Juvenile Crime Division and later, the Homicide Division, in the City State’s Attorney’s Office. He is 49 years old.
Thiru Vignarajah is a former city and federal prosecutor. His tenure in the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office included heading the Major Investigations Unit. He also served as the Deputy Attorney General for Maryland. Thiru Vignarajah is 41 years old.