3 can­di­dates to de­bate on ra­dio this morn­ing at 8

Baltimore Sun - - NEWS - By Tim Pru­dente tpru­dente@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/tim_pru­dente

The three can­di­dates for Bal­ti­more state’s at­tor­ney are sched­uled to participate in an hour-long de­bate Wed­nes­day on the Larry Young Morn­ing Show, a day be­fore early vot­ing is sched­uled to be­gin.

The de­bate is sched­uled for 8 a.m. on 1010 WOLB on AM ra­dio.

It marks the sec­ond time the three can­di­dates will de­bate be­fore the Demo­cratic pri­mary election June 26. They met last week for a de­bate hosted by The Bal­ti­more Sun, WJZ-TV and the Uni­ver­sity of Bal­ti­more Schaefer Cen­ter for Pub­lic Pol­icy.

In their first meet­ing, the can­di­dates wasted lit­tle time at­tack­ing one an­other. De­fense at­tor­ney Ivan Bates and former Mary­land Deputy At­tor­ney Gen­eral Thiru Vig­nara­jah blamed in­cum­bent Mar­i­lyn Mosby for the city’s es­ca­lat­ing gun vi­o­lence. They ac­cused her of rush­ing to pros­e­cute six po­lice of­fi­cers in the death of Fred­die Gray; none were con­victed.

Mosby branded her chal­lengers as out-of-town­ers who are lev­el­ing mis­lead­ing at­tacks against her. Both Bates and Vig­nara­jah had been sued over whether they lived long enough in Bal­ti­more to qualify for the bal­lot. A judge threw out both law­suits.

The cam­paign heated up this week as Mosby and Vig­nara­jah crit­i­cized Bates for in­flat­ing his suc­cess as a city homi­cide pros­e­cu­tor nearly two decades ago.

On Tues­day, Mosby ap­peared with dozens of in­flu­en­tial African-Amer­i­can pas­tors at the historic Or­chard Street United Methodist Church down­town. The pas­tors pledged sup­port for Mosby and urged their con­gre­ga­tions to vote early, say­ing they would send emails, place phone calls and have vans ready to take vot­ers to the polls in sup­port of Mosby.

Mosby, 38, is run­ning for a sec­ond four-year term as Bal­ti­more’s top pros­e­cu­tor. She rose to na­tional promi­nence dur­ing the Gray case three years ago, and has be­come a fre­quent tar­get of crit­i­cism from the Bal­ti­more Po­lice Depart­ment.

Bates, 49, a former pros­e­cu­tor and Army veteran, is a long­time de­fense at­tor­ney and se­nior part­ner of the Bates & Gar­cia law firm.

Vig­nara­jah, 41, is a former fed­eral pros­e­cu­tor who also worked in the state’s at­tor­ney’s of­fice un­der Mosby’s pre­de­ces­sor, Gregg Bernstein. He is a former pres­i­dent of the Har­vard Law Re­view.

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