BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland’s former Deputy Attorney General Thiru Vignarajah announced he will run for Mayor of Baltimore in 2020.
Vignarajah released a statement Wednesday that said in part, “What we have endured in Baltimore is heartbreaking and humiliating. From our street corners to City Hall, I am running to put an end to crime and corruption.”
Vignarajah said he was the first to call for the resignation of UMMS CEO Robert Chrencik and Mayor Catherine Pugh, and was among the first to call for the resignation of former Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa last year.
So far in his career, Vignarajah served as Deputy Attorney General, Assistant United States Attorney, and Chief of Baltimore City’s Major Investigations Unit. Currently, he is an equity partner at DLA Piper, a Baltimore law firm.
“Baltimore is in crisis. There is no plan, no vision, no sense of urgency. We are victims of soaring crime, a shrinking economy, and staggering corruption—we are also victims of low expectations and a deficit of leadership,” said Vignarajah in his statement. “Fixing Baltimore will be a marathon and a sprint. But we will never achieve our full promise until we end the bloodshed and root out political corruption.”
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