As you know, Baltimore Rising is doing everything possible to stimulate widespread, all-inclusive economic growth in the city of Baltimore. That includes encouraging the election of a new Mayor and City Council committed to accomplishing very significant jobs creation that will dramatically reduce unemployment and poverty in the city – not over decades or for future generations, but now, within the next 4 to 8 years.
We’ll be talking a lot about the Mayor’s race, of course, but also about the candidates running to represent all 14 of the city’s Council Districts. This pages begins that process starting with the map at the bottom that shows you the current member of the City Council – not all of which are running for re-election. Council members Carl Stokes (District 12) and Nick Mosby (District 7), for example, are running for Mayor and, as such, will be giving up their Council seats. The exceptional Rikki Spector who has represented District 5 for 40 years since the 1970s is stepping down to pursue other work in the public interest. And there are 3 other districts where there will be no incumbent on the ballot. Neither James Kraft in District 1, Robert Curran in District 3 nor Helen Holton in District 8 are running for re-election. That means that at least 6 of the city’s 14 Council Members are going to be newly elected.
So here we go. In the next few days, we’ll be adding individual maps, one for each district, showing the candidates running for City Council and other information about them, such as the funds they’ve raised to date. February 3 is the cut-off date for new candidates to file. Some may drop out of course later and we’ll let you know about those candidates as soon as that happens. And Wednesday, January 20, is the date by which time the next campaign finance reports are due to be filed with the Maryland State Board of Elections. So stay tuned and we’ll keep you up to date.
We’ll also be showing you which candidates we support – and doing everything we can to help them get elected. What determines our endorsement? It’s the extent to which a given candidate is committed to jobs creation – not just to talk about it, but to actually do something about it through legislation the Council passes.
Very soon after the February 3 deadline for candidate registration, Baltimore Rising will be writing to every candidate to ask two questions.
- Will you vote to pass Baltimore Rising’s “Vacants-To-Jobs” program that gives established employers city-owned vacant property and zero property taxes for at least 5 years if they build places of employment in the city’s disadvantaged, high-unemployment communities? (Baltimore Rising will help these employers obtain the financing they need.)
- What, specifically, do you want the next Mayor and Council to do to create jobs that dramatically reduce unemployment and poverty in Baltimore?
We’ll publish the answers we get – and let you know who didn’t respond. The result of this survey and other candidate research we do may be that we endorse one or more candidates in a given district – or none at all. And, as always, your comments about these candidates will be greatly appreciated and published.
Stop back or follow us on Twitter for new Council information that we’ll be adding every few days.
About the map below… It’s fully functional. Blow it up to full screen. Zoom in, zoom out. Click, hold and slide your mouse button or synapse pad to move the map away from the legend. Mouseover any of the districts to see the district number and name of the incumbent. And you can search for your address to find out the number of your Council District.