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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Announces Run For Office

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake makes it official. She’s running for the office of mayor.

Political reporter Pat Warren explains the field of candidates for Baltimore’s top job is expanding.

Rawlings-Blake announced her run for office Thursday.

She said “people need to work,” and getting people working means holding on to her own job.

Rawlings-Blake was council president when she was sworn in as mayor last year to replace the disgraced Sheila Dixon. She believes the way she’s handled Baltimore’s affairs since February of last year will earn her voter approval this September.

“I think the one thing I appreciate about the people of Baltimore is they don’t confuse criticism with leadership,” Rawlings-Blake said. “Everyone can criticize, but what are the solutions? And have your solutions been tested?”

Much criticism is coming from Otis Rolley, a Democrat and former Baltimore City Director of Planning who’s already made a splash by gaining the endorsement of Bill Cosby. He filed his candidacy two weeks ago.

The executive vice president of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors, Jody Landers, threw his hat into the Democratic primary last week.

Rawlings-Blake has the endorsement of Baltimore Congressman Elijah Cummings, who considers her tried and true.

“When I look at what the mayor has done, she has dealt with our problems like any family would deal with the most difficult family problems,” he said. “She’s looked at her options. She’s been honest with the family members—those are the citizens of Baltimore. And then she tried to make the very difficult decisions that had to be made.”

Those decisions have included taxes, cuts and ethics violations— which is what put her in the office in the first place, and have led to investigations in the police and public works departments.

“I’m gonna shine a light whether it’s in transportation, the police department, DPW, anywhere that we find people who are abusing the trust of the citizens who put us here, we’re gonna shine a light on it,” Rawlings-Blake said.

The city primary is Sept. 13. Traditionally the winners of the Democratic primary in Baltimore win the general election, which is Nov. 8 this year.

Other candidates are expected to join the race, but as of this afternoon, no Republicans have filed.

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  1. sheriff says:

    Steph should spend some time with Steal-A-Dixon & get some pointers on how to make those gift cards stretch & still walk away in the end with a fat pension.

  2. theox says:

    Wow, there’s an election? I thought all you had to be was be black and piece of manure to be mayor of Baltimore.

  3. Shirley Binko says:

    I don’t live in the city….but you go girl…..you have a tuff job a head of you
    GOD BLESS YOU

    1. joyce says:

      Shirley you make a dumb comment about Rawlings Blake , the only thing she is doing is destroying all the positive good work that all the other former mayors have build up. she is a big waste of tax payers money. they should cut her salary out of the budget and save Baltimore city some money in order to stop laying off the good employees of Baltimore.

  4. paula says:

    Rawlings- Blake is a member of the 1800 Sand-BO family

    1.) her father was a pure uncle tom

    2.) she is nothing but a “Aunt Jemima

    A Aunt Jemima is ” SUBSERVIENT” TO WHITE PEOPLE.

    THE ONLY THE THAT RAWLINGS BLAKE CAN SAY TO THE MOB IS- YES SIR MASTER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. sheriff says:

    Ouch, Paula, You’re cold!

  6. Dena C. Govostes says:

    i don’t live in Baltimore City, but have met Mayor Rawlings-Blake, She is truly a professional, educated, and has been cleaning up the city after Mayor Dixon’s mess. Good Luck Mayor with you re-election.

    1. mac says:

      DENA C. GOVOSTES, YOU ARE A LIE IN EVERY PART OF THE WORD. RAWLING POOR TRASH CAN HALF STEPING STAGE PROFESSIONAL TWISTED MIS-DIRECTED QUESTIONABLE EDUCATED PAID PC. OF PAPER COLLEGE DEGREE DON’T MEAN A D…….N THING TO THE THOUSAND OF PEOPLE THAT ARE NOW SUFFERING BY DEMONIC MIS-LEADERSHIP. STOP KISSING HER DIRTY NEVER TO BE TRUSTED BLACK ANAL, BECAUSE SHE IS NOT GOING TO GIVE YOU A THING.
      NOTHING FROM NOTHING IS ALL THAT MAYOR RAWLINGS BLAKE IS. HER LAST NAME SHOULD BE CHANGE TO BLANK. SHE HAS GIVEN THIS CITY NOTHING BUT BLANK WORTHLESS CHECKS TO DO NOTHING WITH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. stephen tunstle says:

    Dem lips… MMMMMM!!!

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