Baltimore Sun

Roya Hanna to leave city race

Paves way for state’s attorney Democratic nominee Ivan Bates

- By Alex Mann

Defense attorney and former prosecutor Roya Hanna is ending her independen­t candidacy for Baltimore state’s attorney, all but ensuring Democratic nominee Ivan Bates will become the city’s next elected prosecutor.

Hanna had dropped out of the Democratic primary race in March but planned to run as an independen­t in November’s general election. There are no Republican­s running for state’s attorney.

“It’s really important that the city got new leadership in the office and we now have new leadership in the office,” Hanna told The Baltimore Sun. “It’s important that we have clarity about what’s going to happen going forward and that we work on the criminal justice system and improving public safety in Baltimore City.”

Hanna will announce the end of her campaign alongside Bates at a news conference Friday. Bates told The Sun he’s grateful for Hanna’s support.

“This clears the way for us to focus on doing the job of state’s attorney,” Bates said in a phone interview. “It allows us to focus on the transition so that Day One we can hit the ground running so that we can work collaborat­ively with all our partners in the criminal justice system to keep the citizens of Baltimore City safe.”

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