Catherine Pugh bested a field to take the Baltimore mayor’s race in the general election.
Pugh won the April primary setting up a win. But she faced one of those rivals again, as former mayor Sheila Dixon mounted a write-in campaign.
The Associated Press projected Pugh’s win after 10 p.m. She had 74 percent of the vote as of about 11:15 p.m. The write-in category was running second with about 22 percent. Green Party candidate Joshua Harris and Republican Alan Walden were running behind Pugh.
In a televised victory speech, Pugh immediately spoke of focusing on the neighborhoods, bringing up Park Heights. The city is seeking a developer to revitalize a 49-acre area in the northwest Baltimore community.
“It is an opportunity to say developers coming into our community, invest in us because we will invest in you. We want a better Park Heights,” she said.
With their huge majority in the city, Democrats won in other races. Bernard C. “Jack” Young is poised to return as City Council president, while Joan Pratt opened up a wide lead for comptroller.
In the closest City Council races, Zeke Cohen was besting Republican challenger Matthew McDaniel in District 1, while Edward Reisinger is ahead of Republican Christine Digman in District 10. In District 12, Robert Stokes was besting a field of four candidates with 70 percent of the vote.