Baltimore’s upcoming mayoral race is getting as crowded as the Republican presidential primary. Two more longtime lawmakers, State Senator Catherine Pugh and City Councilman Carl Stokes, announced that they’ll both be running in the Democratic primary in April, bringing the list of contenders to seven.
Stokes and Pugh have more cred–and more money–than many of the other candidates, who include a mostly-unknown 27-year-old Harvard grad and former mayor Sheila Dixon. Writer Wes Moore and City Councilman Nick Mosby have also been mentioned as potential contenders. And then, of course, there’s our incumbent mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who plans on running for reelection, but who is suffering from criticism of her performance before and after the Freddie Gray protests.
In 2011, Pugh came in second place to Rawlings-Blake; in 1999, Stokes took second place after then-mayor Martin O’Malley.
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