(BALTIMORE – April 3, 2017) – By the looks of this letter below, prominent defense attorney Ivan Bates is “all-in” when it comes to next year’s State’s Attorney’s race for Baltimore City. Bates is disturbed by the challenges faced by the current State’s Attorney, Marilyn Mosby.
Here is a letter Bates recently sent out via email:
Together, We Can Restore Confidence in Baltimore City
Baltimore City is facing a public safety epidemic. The murder rate has eclipsed 300 for the past two years and is heading in that direction again this year. Our citizens are victims of increased shootings, robberies and carjackings. There is deep concern that Baltimore City is not a safe place to live as evidenced by recent reporting that our population continues to decline. Furthermore, we are facing a severe erosion of trust when it comes to relations between our communities and the criminal justice system.
As a defense attorney and a former prosecutor, with decades of experience in the courtroom, I see the impact of this crime everyday on our city. It is standing in the way of progress. I, for one, have had enough. My wife, Lana, and I want our children to grow up in a safe Baltimore where they can play outside without fear, and also trust the police and the courts.
Over the past several months, and more intensely in recent weeks, I have been encouraged by many to run for public office. I have listened to you, and I would agree, we need to make changes to restore the public’s trust in how we successfully prosecute crime. Therefore, with the support of my family, I have decided to take the next steps in preparation for seeking elected office in 2018.
I am excited to announce the formation of my candidate committee, Friends of Ivan Bates.
Over the coming months, I will be meeting with elected officials, community leaders and voters to hear their concerns and to determine if I can be the change our city is demanding. I am calling on you to help. My candidate committee needs to raise money, and it needs to gather support from all across the city from those who believe we can restore confidence in Baltimore City’s criminal justice system.
It will take a team effort for Baltimore City to repair its image and restore the public’s trust, but I know we are up to the challenge. Our children are counting on us. Are you with me?
Ivan J. Bates
Democrat for Baltimore City
By Authority: Friends of Ivan Bates, Catherine Flynn, Treasurer
Friends of Ivan Bates
P.O. Box 26132
Baltimore, MD 21210