BALTIMORE - Less than a month ago voters sent a loud and clear message to the Baltimore City State's Attorney.
They weren't happy and they wanted change.
Now with the Primary behind us, and the incumbent Gregg Bernstein out of the race, voters will have to pick a newcomer in the Nov. 4 General election to lead the way as the city's top prosecutor.
Marilyn Mosby's Primary victory over Baltimore City State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein was the upset many didn't see coming.
"Community members want change," Mosby said.
And this 34-year-old attorney, mother of two young girls and wife of a city councilman believes she's the one to bring it.
Mosby's a former prosecutor now practicing civil law with an insurance agency says she's has what it takes to be the city's top prosecutor.
"I prosecuted hundreds of the most heinous felons in the state of Maryland. I've prosecuted attempted murders, robberies, carjackings," Mosby said.
The political newcomer’s experience came under fire in the primary and she's already armed herself to address it come November.
"I have more experience than anyone else in this race, as a prosecutor in Baltimore City. Period," Mosby said.
Defense Attorney Russell Neverdon will face Mosby in the general election. He's running as an Independent.
"I've been doing this for 15 years in the trenches. I see where the mistakes are from a constitutional standpoint, from a legal standpoint to a factual standpoint," Neverdon said.
The Baltimore native doesn't like what's happening in his hometown.
"We've had the overly aggressive prosecution model,” Neverdon said. “We've had the police state model. We waste tax dollars when we do sloppy investigations. We waste tax dollars when we have to empanel another jury."
Both see the problems.
"I live in the heart of West Baltimore,” Mosby said. “I've said time and time again. I don't have to turn on the news or open up the newspaper to see the violence plaguing our communities. Our city is so much more than just The Wire, and it’s time to realize the potential of our city."
Getting to a solution is where the two differ.
"We have to make sure that we are restoring public trust and the way in which we do that is by community engagement by being as transparent as possible in that office," Mosby said.
Neverdon said he doesn’t like the term community engagement.
“Because as prior military when I hear the term engagement it means I'm prepared for confrontation, and that's kind of what we're seeing between the citizens of Baltimore, Baltimore City Police and the State's Attorney’s Office," Neverdon said.
Mosby said her first priority would be targeting violent and repeat offenders who are cycled back into society.
Neverdon said his approach would blanket Baltimore’s non-violent crimes equal to his stance on violent offenders. (Watch the video for statements from the candidates)
Mosby's passion is for the victims and their families. She's been there when her cousin was murdered years ago.
"What we saw from these last couple of years is that there's been a lack of transparency. A lot of victims and witnesses of crime have felt re-victimized. We're going to end all that," Mosby said.
Neverdon's passion is sending a message to criminals.
"My love of Baltimore City runs through and through and at 46 years of age, I'm not letting anybody run me from my home," he said.
Mosby unseated Gregg Bernstein after one term in office.
Prior to Bernstein, Pat Jessamy held the Office of Baltimore City State's Attorney from 1995-2011.