Ivan J. Bates, 48, formally launched his campaign Saturday at the Park Heights home of the community activist, Kendal Fenwich, who was shot dead in 2015.
Bates, a Democrat, defended Sgt. Alicia White, one of the officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray in 2015. In 2018, Bates will challenge incumbent Marilyn Mosby for her seat as Baltimore City’s top prosecutor.
Since Mosby took office in January 2015, the city’s homicide rate has climbed, reaching 344 in 2015, 318 in 2016 and 229 so far this year, which is 15 percent higher than the same timeframe in 2016.
Mosby is yet to launch a re-election campaign, but has been making appearance at neighborhood events and holding fundraisers.