When early voting begins in the primary for the city’s mayoral race on Thursday, the ballot will be absent one expected name. Nick Mosby dropped out of the race on Wednesday.
At a speech outside City Hall, Mosby said it was a difficult decision that he has spent days mulling. He appeared to be going through his normal appearance schedule, debating five other Democrats in a televised encounter Tuesay night and taping a TV interview as late as Wednesday morning:
— Jason Newton (@JNNewtWBAL) April 13, 2016
After gaining notoriety for comments on Fox News during the riots, the 37-year-old City Councilman ran for mayor arguing that he was positioned to bring new energy that would move the city forward. After facing early questions about a potential conflict of interest with his wife Marilyn Mosby’s position as State’s Attorney, Mosby released a 15-point plan outlining what he would do as mayor. At forums and debates, he frequently talked about the need for holistic solutions to move the city forward. However, he struggled to gain traction amid the crowded field. The latest UB-Baltimore Sun poll showed the City Councilman with 5 percent in the race.
The exit has political repercussions beyond his own mayoral hopes. As a result of running for mayor, Mosby loses his City Council seat representing the West Baltimore-centered 7th District.
Mosby’s decision also immediately plays into the campaign of one of his former rivals in particular. He opted to endorse Catherine Pugh, despite criticizing her in recent weeks as she gained the lead. On Wednesday, Pugh also picked up endorsements from former NAACP head Ben Jealous, Rev. Jamal Bryant and attorney Billy Murphy. The state senator, who finished second in the 2011 race, was leading the most recent poll.