Ivan Bates and Thiru Vignarajah: Democrats for Baltimore State's Attorney | WYPR

Ivan Bates and Thiru Vignarajah: Democrats for Baltimore State's Attorney

Jun 25, 2018

Ivan Bates
Credit Ivan Bates Campaign
Thiru Vignarajah
Credit Thiru Vignarajah Campaign

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.

Midday extended an invitation to State’s Attorney Mosby to appear as well, and she declined.  She did appear by herself on our program on June 11th.  Both of the candidates who are here today also spent an hour with us on separate occasions last month and this month. 

As with all of Midday's Conversations with the Candidates, today's conversation was Live-Streamed on Facebook, and that video is archived and available for viewing on WYPR's Facebook page.