Sheila Dixon in 2015. Image via Facebook.

Former Mayor Sheila Dixon plans to make an announcement this weekend concerning the mayoral race.

The announcement is scheduled to take place Saturday at a clothing drive in West Baltimore that includes coffee and cocoa. A flier posted to the former mayor’s Facebook page recommends attendees bring hats, gloves, scarves and socks to donate.

Dixon was ousted as mayor in 2010 after being found guilty of one count of embezzlement stemming from her misuse of donated gift cards that were supposed to be distributed to needy families.

Dixon made another run for mayor in 2016, but lost a close primary to Catherine Pugh by a margin of approximately two percentage points. In the aftermath of Pugh’s “Healthy Holly” scandal, Dixon has publicly considered another try.

A representative with Dixon did not return a request for comment about the event.

Currently in the running for the city’s top job are Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, City Council President Brandon Scott, State Sen. Mary Washington, former state Deputy Attorney General Thiru Vignarajah, former Baltimore Police Department spokesman T.J. Smith and Lou Catelli—Hampden’s unofficial “mayor”—among others.

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