With filing day having cemented the field, the many candidates running for mayor continue to make moves as they gear up for the final push toward the April 26 primary. The movement on the issues this week came from David Warnock and DeRay McKesson.
DeRay Mckesson, the Black Lives Matter activist who made a surprise entry into the race in the final hour, released plans on three issue areas with specific policy prescriptions.
Among his education plans, the former school administrator calls for full-day public pre-K, fixing the public school funding formula, establishing citywide rec and sports leagues and aligning CTE curriculum with available jobs.
On Community Prosperity, he calls for increasing the state minimum wage to $15/hour, strengthening local hiring and evaluating TIFs against an equity framework.
He also calls for a host of policing reforms, including changing the police department’s use of force policy, hiring people affected by police violence to conduct anti-racism training, enacting an ordinance to make chokeholds and rough rides illegal and replacing officer firearms with smart guns that can only be fired by the designated user. McKesson is planning to release plans in five more policy areas in the near future.
David Warnock followed up a previous plan on education by weighing in on housing with an overview of his plan. He calls for eliminating blight and vacant housing, ending homelessness and cleaning up the housing authority.
“The health of all of our city’s neighborhoods are important to the success of Baltimore,” Warnock said. “Let’s renew our sense of pride in Baltimore by uplifting and beautifying our city – you can’t reap the fruit of the Inner Harbor without planting seeds in east and west Baltimore.”
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