Primary Update: Nick Mosby Wins Council President Race, Bill Henry Wins Comptroller, Brandon Scott Widens Mayoral Lead

| June 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

As the Baltimore City Board of Elections is getting close to completing its count of all the mail-in and provisional ballots from the primary elections a week ago, the new leadership of the city is starting to become more clear. Delegate Nick Mosby has won the Democratic primary for City Council President, Democrat Councilman Bill Henry will become the new comptroller, and Council President Brandon Scott has widened his lead over former Mayor Sheila Dixon in the Democratic primary race for mayor.

Baltimore City Elections Director Armstead Jones told WJZ they have counted 153,979 votes thus far and are set to finish the remaining ballots on Tuesday. He told the Baltimore Brew there are only a few thousand votes left to count.

Delegate Mosby, who racked up 53,844 (40.7%) votes, will face Republican Jovani Patterson in the general election on November 3rd. Jovani ran unopposed and got 4,740 votes. Mosby defeated Councilwomen Shannon Sneed who had 37,963 (28.7%) votes, and five other candidates including Councilman Leon Pinkett and former Councilman Carl Stokes.

Councilman Bill Henry now leads Comptroller Joan Pratt 70,444 (54.1%) votes to 59,669 (45.9%) votes. He declared victory last night with a video. Joan Pratt has held the position since 1995. Councilman Henry will be the new comptroller as there are no Republicans in the race.

Council President Scott now has a 1,385-vote lead over Dixon in the Democratic primary for mayor. Council President Scott has 41,420 (29.1%) votes and Dixon has 40,035 (28.1%) votes. Many other candidates ran including current Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young.

Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young  has conceded the race. He has 8,985 votes (6.4%). Mayor Young was promoted from City Council President in May 2019 after Mayor Catherine Pugh resigned amid a federal investigation involving her Healthy Holly books. She was indicted in November by a Federal Grand Jury on 11 counts of wire fraud and tax-related charges. Mayor Young was City Council President from 2010 to 2019 and served on the city council from 1996 to 2010.

Brandon Scott was voted by the Baltimore City Council to replace Mayor Young as City Council President in May 2019. Scott represented Baltimore City’s 2nd District on the City Council from 2011 to 2019. Scott is 36 years old.

Dixon was the Mayor of Baltimore from 2007 to 2010 before resigning in 2010 as part of a plea agreement with state prosecutors. She was found guilty of embezzling $600 worth of gift cards that were intended to be distributed to Baltimore residents in need. Dixon finished just behind former Mayor Catherine Pugh in the 2016 Democratic primary.

Shannon Wright is leading the Republican primary for mayor with 1,570(29%) votes. Wright has a 543-vote lead over Catalina Byrd who has 1,027 (19%) votes.

District 11 Councilman Eric Costello ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and no candidate ran in the Republican primary. Councilman Costello has 8,703 votes. Costello will return next year for his seventh year on the City Council.

Phylicia Porter currently leads the race for District 10 Councilperson with 1,653 (31.8%) votes. Keisha Allen has 883 (17%) votes. There are nine total candidates in the Democratic primary.

Michael Nolet leads in the District 11 Republican primary with 410 (89.1%) votes.

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