State’s Attorney Candidate Hasn’t Lived in Baltimore Long Enough to Run, Opponent Argues

9/27/17

By Ethan McLeod, Baltimore Fishbowl

Chad Curlett (left) and Ivan Bates. Photos via Levin & Curlett, LLC and WBAL-TV.

One of three Democrats running for Baltimore City state’s attorney in 2018 has sued to disqualify his opponent, arguing he doesn’t meet the state’s residency requirement to run for the office.

According to local attorney Chad Curlett, who announced his run for state’s attorney in January, his rival Ivan Bates is ineligible because he’s only maintained a domicile, or permanent home, in the city limits since early 2017. In a Baltimore Sun story that ran March 30, Bates said he’d moved back into the city limits earlier this year.

Maryland law requires a state’s attorney in any jurisdiction to have lived there for at least two years before running for office. To run for state’s attorney in 2018, a primary candidate must have been living in the city since June 26, 2016.

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