Marilyn Mosby has not been hesitant to criticize Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein in her bid to become the city’s top prosecutor. On Friday, she published an open letter seeking to hold three or four debates prior to June’s primary election.
Mosby says Bernstein has not been able to “make accommodations to your schedule or declined to participate in all of the previously planned candidate forums and debates.” She also notes Bernstein “showed a great willingness” to debate then-State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy four years ago.
“I hope that you have not lost your zeal for engaging in a public exchange of ideas,” Mosby writes.
The complete letter is below. I’ve reached out to the Bernstein campaign for comment.
As you know, the June Democratic Primary is less than two months away. Unfortunately, we have not yet provided an opportunity for Baltimore City voters to hear our specific plans to make Baltimore a safer place to live and work.
I know that you have not been able to make accommodations to your schedule or declined to participate in all of the previously planned candidate forums and debates. However, I feel it is our responsibility to develop a sensible solution to provide the citizens of Baltimore the opportunity to engage in the selection process of the next State’s Attorney.
I am requesting that we hold approximately three (3) to four (4) forums or debates prior to the election. I cordially request a written response within seven (7) days accepting our invitation to hold a forum or a debate and a written response within fourteen (14) days to discuss a forthcoming plan to bring this idea to fruition. It should be our goal to afford Baltimoreans an opportunity to participate in fair, transparent, and accessible democracy.
Four years ago, you showed a great willingness to debate your opponent by participating in several debates in a number of different mediums and formats. I hope that you have not lost your zeal for engaging in a public exchange of ideas.
With your willingness, I look forward to announcing our first scheduled debate.
Marilyn J. Mosby