Baltimore Mayor’s Race Gets Real: Several Candidates File, Release Policy Plans

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The deadline to file candidacy in city elections is Wednesday, meaning the candidates that say they are running now will be on the ballot. Several of the candidates have started out the week with a flurry of activity. Let’s check in:

Sheila Dixon and Elizabeth Embry filed their candidacy. The two candidates already announced, raised money and released plans to reduce crime. But they weren’t officially in until signing up with the state this week.

Nick Mosby proposed a 15 percent property tax cut. The Councilman said he would phase in a 15.3 percent tax cut for all owner-occupied properties over his first term. He would cut taxes by 6.57 percent for non-owner occupied properties. Part of the plan would be paid for by creating a Solid Waste Enterprise Fund. Mosby also formally filed his candidacy.

Carl Stokes released an economic development plan. The Councilman released a 14-page plan focusing on job creation. It calls for leveraging Baltimore’s innovation economy, and creating pathways to work in tech and construction. Reforming property taxes and reorganizing government economic development agencies like the Baltimore Development Corp. are also identified as priorities. Stokes also formally filed as a candidate.

David Warnock released a new education policy plan. The founder of Green Street Academy laid out his ideals in an area he knows well. He believes in creating community schools where parents and community members sit on the commission, wants each student to have an individualized learning plan and wants more accountability in the school system through audits. Warnock also picked up an endorsement from State Senator Lisa Gladden.

The race got even more crowded. The day before the filing deadline, Wilton Wilson filed to run for mayor as a Democrat. Armand Girard filed as a Republican. We’ll be watching to see if there are any more surprises before the end of the day Wednesday.

 



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