A former U.S. Treasury Department official in the Obama administration and T. Rowe Price executive has entered Baltimore City’s crowded mayor’s race.
Miller, 64, told Baltimore Fishbowl she hopes to use her experience in urban development and finance to tackle the city’s thorniest issues — boosting the economy while reducing poverty and crime. She plans to outline her vision and unveil her campaign team tonight at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.
“I’m quite concerned about Baltimore at the moment,” Miller says. “We’re at a point now where we’re losing population. Crime is the number one issue. That’s creating so much apprehension.” Baltimore last year witnessed its highest per capita death rate on record.
Miller was the first woman to hold the title of Under Secretary for Domestic Finance at the U.S. Treasury, where she developed and coordinated Treasury policies. She also spent more than two decades at T. Rowe Price, where she was director of the fixed income division and ran a municipal bond fund that gave her a “window into local governments.” She is currently a fellow at the 21st Century Cities Initiative at Johns Hopkins University and has a graduate degree in city and regional planning.
While the 33-year Guilford resident and Ivy League-educated mother of two has worked in the public sector, she realizes she faces an uphill battle as someone who hasn’t held public office in Baltimore and as a white candidate in a majority-black city. She says she plans to meet with community groups to reach as many people as possible and boost her name recognition.
Mary Miller will face off in the Democratic primary against Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, City Council President Brandon M. Scott, former mayor Sheila Dixon, state Sen. Mary L. Washington, former police spokesman T.J. Miller, former state and federal prosecutor Thiru Vignarajah among others.
“I have to be on the ground for the next four months. It’s a sprint,” she said.