The morning after securing victory in the Baltimore mayor’s race, Catherine Pugh once again sounded the theme of community development.

Pugh held a news conference at a homeless shelter in Sandtown, underscoring the neighborhood-focused theme she pointed out in a victory speech. The agenda appears to be ambitious.

She said she wants the Baltimore City Public School System to be back under control of the city government, and reorganize the housing department.

She also talked about economic development, including introducing retail corridors and efforts to boost small businesses. She also said she wants to bring change to the Baltimore Development Corp.

The housing department also appears in for changes, as Commissioner Paul Graziano is likely out.

When it comes to public safety, Pugh said Police Commissioner is likely to stay. Signing a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice will be an early priority. She wants to promote more community policing strategies.

Given the events of last night, a question about presidential politics was on the table. Asked if she ever met Donald Trump, Pugh said, “No, I was never on his show.”


Stephen Babcock is the editor of Technical.ly Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.