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.
With early voting starting next week, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby on Thursday is scheduled to face challengers Ivan Bates and Thiru Vignarajah in the first debate of their race to be the city’s top prosecutor.
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.
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.