By Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor,

Veteran defense attorney Ivan Bates and former Maryland Deputy Attorney General Thiru Vignarajah, both vying to unseat Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, have both accused her of ducking them on the debate stage.

Mosby replied to those accusations by releasing the dates and venues for debates she says she will participate in prior to the June 24 Democratic primary and defended her record as State’s Attorney.

Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary (District 13) and Marilyn Mosby at a reception after the passage of the Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act (Courtesy Photo)

“I’m proud of my record of accomplishment over the last four years. We’ve convicted every Public Enemy #1 brought to trial, while creating innovative programs that work with our at-risk youth,” Mosby said in a statement. She also said she worked with both political parties in the Maryland General Assembly to help pass, “the Repeat Sexual Predators Prevention Act to give prosecutors across the state the tools they need to hold sexual predators accountable,” she stated.

Mosby’s office said she will participate in three debates. The first debate will be at WYPR and the Midday show hosted by Tom Hall (the specific date in May or June has not been announced yet). On June 7, Mosby will also participate in the Baltimore Sun/WJZ debate and on June 13, Mosby will take part in the WOLB debate on the Larry Young Morning Show.

“We have announced a robust schedule of forums I hope my opponents will be able to commit to attending,” stated Mosby. I know how busy election season can be, but it is critical that the people of the city of Baltimore hear about us about our plans for the future.”

So far, Baltimore residents have heard very little from all three candidates for State’s Attorney in the same venue a fact recently lamented by Vignarajah via Twitter. “I have accepted invitations to each of the seven scheduled State’s Attorney debates and shown up to every one,” Vignarajah wrote on April 30. “I’m disappointed my two opponents, combined, have gone to none.”

According to Mosby’s office, both Vignarajah and Bates will have at least three opportunities to confront Mosby and challenge her record in public forums between now and June 24.


Sean Yoes

AFRO Baltimore Editor