Jada Pinkett Smith Invites Catherine Pugh to Church, Holds Forum

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State Sen. Catherine Pugh receives a boost of star power as she runs against Sheila Dixon — and a slew of others — in Baltimore’s Democratic mayoral primary.Baltimore native Jada Pinkett Smith invited Pugh to Palm Sunday service at Macedonia Baptist Church in Upton. Pugh accepted, and the two held a community forum afterward.

Since her stardom, Smith has maintained ties to Baltimore through her philanthropic work, as well as her political advocacy. In 2012, she wrote an open letter to Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, sparking a public argument over the treatment of elephants by the Ringling Bros. circus. After the April riots she responded with a plea to “[s]tand down so that justice and the preservation of our communities are the priority and have the opportunity to prevail.”

In a crowded field, Pugh is running neck-and-neck with former mayor Dixon. In a recent poll, Pugh registered 26 percent support to Dixon’s 24 percent among likely Democratic voters.

Read about Pugh’s plans for Baltimore in our recent Q&A with the candidate.


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