Poll: Mosby leads in council president race, but most remain undecided

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While polling in the mayor’s race has provided a murky picture, there’s a little more clarity in the election for city council president.

Well, sort of.

With 26 percent support, Del. Nick Mosby holds a nine-point lead over his next closest competitor, former City Councilman Carl Stokes, according to a new poll released today by The Sun, WYPR and the University of Baltimore.

But nearly 40 percent of voters remain undecided. Two current councilmembers, Shannon Sneed and Leon Pinkett, received 10 percent and 4 percent support, respectively. One percent of voters back “someone else.”

The poll had a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.9 percent.

The poll was conducted by the Annapolis firm OpinionWorks, who surveyed 400 voters from Feb. 20-29. That company’s president, Steve Raabe, characterized the race as “Nick Mosby’s race to lose,” per The Sun.

On Twitter, Mosby was a little more measured in a post sharing the front page of this morning’s newspaper, saying there’s “[s]till a long road ahead.”

Raabe told The Sun that Mosby benefits from having name recognition across the city. After serving two terms on the council representing District 7, Mosby made a bid for mayor in 2016 that ultimately proved unsuccessful.

A year later he was appointed to the House of Delegates to represent the 40th District, and when he sought re-election for that seat in 2018, he received the most of any delegates in that jurisdiction.

He’s also married to well-known Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

Stokes, a late entrant to the race, was first elected to the council in 1987 and served for eight years. He returned in 2010 to take the 12th District seat held by Bernard C. “Jack” Young, who was elevated to city council president following the resignation of former Mayor Sheila Dixon.

Young is now the mayor, a position he inherited after the resignation of another former mayor, Catherine Pugh. Young is now running to keep the top job at City Hall against a field that includes Dixon.

Both Pinkett and Sneed are completing their freshman terms representing District 7 and District 12, respectively.

Today’s poll comes as two proposals are being considered to reshape the council, both of which would remove the president from the ballot box. The first proposal, put forth by Fourth District Councilman Bill Henry, who is leaving his seat to run for comptroller, would reduce the number of districts from 14 to six and add three at-large members. The council would select a president and vice president from the at-large members.

Another, pushed by Third District Councilman Ryan Dorsey, would have 15 districts and no at-large president. The president of the council would be picked by members, similar to house the Maryland General Assembly picks a House speaker or Senate president.

Brandon Weigel

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