Sheila Dixon Eyeing Write-In Bid for Mayor

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Former Baltimore mayor Sheila Dixon is eyeing a write-in campaign to get back into her old office this November, multiple outlets report.

Dixon plans to announce the move tomorrow, according to the Sun and others. Dixon has told those close to her about her intentions and has not denied her pending announcement, which is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

In the late April primary between herself and current Democratic mayoral nominee and State Sen. Catherine Pugh, Dixon narrowly lost and alleged afterward that there were improprieties with the vote-counting process. In May, she asked a court to investigate the ballot-counting process from that April 26 primary.

State elections officials took notice as well, investigating the counting process after Pugh had already been declared the Democratic mayoral nominee.

Dixon served as mayor of Baltimore from 2007 to 2010. She resigned after pleading guilty to a charge of perjury stemming from her use of gift cards that had been intended for needy families. Dixon was acquitted of more serious charges of theft and misconduct in office.

Dixon apologized for her actions that led to her resignation in an interview with WJZ last year and thanked her supporters for sticking with her.

Presently, three candidates are officially competing for the mayor’s office: Pugh, Republican nominee Alan Walden and Green Party candidate Joshua Harris.

A fourth candidate will likely resurface tomorrow when Dixon makes her official announcement. She will have roughly a month to garner enough write-in votes to make potentially achieve an upset victory over Pugh.

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