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Thiru Vignarajah: Running for Baltimore City State's Attorney

Copy of FINAL Campaign Update - May 2022
Thiru Vignarajah, a Democrat running for Baltimore City State's Attorney. The primary is July 19. Credit: Provided by candidate

The job of the State’s Attorney in Baltimore is to fight crime. We ask Thiru Vignarajah, running in the Democratic primary against the same incumbent who soundly defeated him in 2018, about his plans to combat car jackings, dissolve open-air drug markets and quash violent crime. And why, over the course of four years, he’s run twice for this office and once for Mayor:

“This city is in crisis. And to watch from the sidelines as your team is getting slaughtered is really hard. And whether it’s as the running back or the quarterback, I want to get on the field. So for those folks who think Thiru just wants to get back in the game, they are absolutely right.” 

Plus, why he says the staggering level of crime in Baltimore could be used to reverse the flow of city prosecutors heading out the door.

Links: JusticeforBaltimore, MDElections2022

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Melissa Gerr is a producer for On the Record. She started in public media at Twin Cities Public Television in St. Paul, Minn., where she is from, and then worked as a field producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland. She made the jump to audio-lover in Baltimore as a digital media editor at Mid-Atlantic Media and Laureate Education, Inc. and as a field producer for "Out of the Blocks." Her beat is typically the off-beat with an emphasis on science, culture and things that make you say, 'Wait, what?'