Following the primary elections on April 26, Green-leaning Baltimoreans will have another chance to go to the polls to select a mayoral hopeful. Three candidates are registered to run in Baltimore’s Green Party, and it’s up to voters to decide who to nominate.
Like the Democratic race for mayor, the Green race gained candidates in the closing days before the filing deadline. The primary is set to take place via mail-in ballots sent during April, and due to be returned by the end of month. The party will also conduct in-person voting and vote counting on May 1. More on the primary process.
“We are pleased to have three qualified candidates running for mayor, all of whom have a history of community service,” said Andy Ellis, co-chair of the Baltimore Green Party. “We look forward to their participation in debates and forums to introduce Baltimore voters to new ideas that will create a democratized economy to build community wealth throughout Baltimore, especially in historically neglected areas.”
There are about 1,000 registered Green Party members in Baltimore. The party is planning a meet-and-greet with all of its candidates on March 19 at its local headquarters (100 E. 23rd Street).
Community activist Joshua Harris was initially running in the crowded Democratic race, but switched to the Green Party. The Southwest Baltimore resident told BFB’s Elizabeth Heubeck about policy plans to turn vacants into assets, and his work as co-founder of urban revitalization organization Hollins Creative Placemaking.
Emmanuel McCray, a leadership organizer for United Workers, initially appeared to be the only candidate in the race. He told Baltimore Fishbowl’s Laurel Peltier that he would work for fair housing, paid sick leave, and stopping the Curtis Bay incinerator.
The third candidate in the race is David Marriott. The former police officer resigned after five years on the force because he “saw a flawed system that was not serving justice and because of discrimination in the ranks.” He wants to work to end abusive policing and improve community relations within the Baltimore Police Department, and improve school facilities.
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