Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Will Not Seek Re-Election

| September 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

20130915StephanieRawlings-Blake1280x1920-1Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D) announced she will not seek re-election. The democratic primary for mayor is on April 26th of next year.

“I don’t want the time when the city needs me the most to be questioned because of a political campaign, we need to be focused on being One Baltimore,” said Rawlings-Blake during Friday’s press conference.

“My daughter is approaching her high school years, the thought of having more time to spend with her and my husband is more important to me. I know he is hoping I’ll start to cook… at some point,” said Rawlings-Blake. “I love my city, I’m so grateful for the time I had to serve, and I am proud to be part of what I know is a renaissance of an amazing city.”

Asked when she made this decision, she responded, “It’s a decision I have been pondering for the last few months, especially as we’ve been making the preparations for the motions hearing [referencing the Freddie Gray trial]. It’s something I’ve prayed about a lot.”

Rawlings-Blake praised her work to reduce the structural deficit, push forward school spending construction, reduce teen pregnancy and infant mortality rates, and lower property taxes.

When asked, Rawlings-Blake did not rule out running for elected positions in the future.

Rawlings-Blake took over as mayor in 2010 when Sheila Dixon (D) was forced to resign. Rawlings-Blake won re-election in 2011 and has held an office position since 1995 when she won a city council seat at the age of 25.

To date, democrat candidates who have announced their campaign for mayor include former Mayor Sheila Dixon, Councilman Carl Stokes, State Senator Catherine Pugh, as well as Richard Black, Clifton Mack, Richard Maraziti, and Calvin Allen Young III.  Independent candidates include Collins Otonna and Connor Meek.

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