BALTIMORE — The Independent candidate running to be Baltimore's next prosecutor is dropping out, "so the city can move forward".
"I started my campaign with the idea that what Baltimore really needed was a change at the State's Attorney's office," said Roya Hanna at a news conference Friday morning. "Baltimore has voted for change and that was the very reason I entered this race."
Hanna withdrew as a Democrat in March and refiled as an Independent before the primary.
At the news conference, Hanna put her full support behind Ivan Bates as the next City State's Attorney, with Bates as the only candidate left in the race. Bates defeated incumbent Marilyn Mosby and Thiru Vignarajah in the Democratic primary.
"I look forward to being the next state's attorney for Baltimore City," Bates said at the news conference. "We have to get together to start doing work day one," he said, adding that now his team will have more time to evaluate the situation, prepare and be ready for day one.