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Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott enters the 2020 Mayoral race

Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott

Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott is set to make a special announcement today at a family home in the Park Heights community. 

In a statement, Scott, 35 touts his successes as District 2 Council member such as being the youngest elected council member at age 27, helping to raise the minimum wage, reform the Baltimore City Police department, and groundbreaking initiatives to invest in and improve schools and recreational centers. Scott says he’s committed to getting things done. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cz2dvY4vy38">Scott released a video on social media to tell his Baltimore story.

Scott’s entry into the mayor’s race comes as Mayor Jack Young mulls a run for the office. Young took over the reins of the city after Catherine Pugh resigned as Mayor in the wake of the Healthy Holly book scandal. Early on, Young said he would not run for Mayor and would seek the City Council Presidency instead--but has since stated that he has a right to change his mind.

The Baltimore Sun reports other possible contenders for Baltimore’s chief executive office include former Mayor Sheila Dixon, former police spokesman T.J. Smith, state Del. Nick J. Mosby and state Sen. Mary Washington--all Democrats. 

The newspaper reports there are more than a dozen candidates who have said they are running. The Democrats include former state Deputy Attorney General Thiru Vignarajah, Baltimore activist Carlmichael “Stokey” Cannady, and the unofficial “mayor of Hampden” Lou Catelli, who is also named Will Bauer. Former NAACP President and Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous recently announced that he will not seek the mayor’s office, deciding instead to focus on his family.