BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is sworn in for her first full term in office after almost two years on the job.

Kai Jackson explains how the mayor is going to “grow Baltimore.”

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says she has big plans for Baltimore, yet even she acknowledges the goals she has won’t be easy to achieve.

Rawlings-Blake was sworn into office as mayor by Circuit Court Clerk Frank Conaway. In her address to Baltimoreans, she outlined her agenda.

“We believe that Baltimore can grow again,” she said.

The mayor says to grow Baltimore, she’d like to see 10,000 families move into the city in the next 10 years.

“Our number one goal in the next 10 years must be to grow Baltimore: strengthen our neighborhoods, create new jobs and attract new people,” Rawlings-Blake said.

City leaders, supporters and citizens attended the mayor’s inaugural party Tuesday night at the Hilton Hotel downtown.

“The mayor and I, we’re gonna work together along with our comptroller, because if the city fails, we all fail,” said City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young.

“I think it’s very doable and I will work very hard with the mayor to make that possible,” said City Comptroller Joan Pratt.

“I think she’s right in talking about focusing on the basics: focus on keeping people safe, focus on public education,” said Howard County Executive Ken Ulman.

A Johns Hopkins political science professor says Mayor Rawlings-Blake’s victory margin was political capital.

“The mayor has an opportunity, particularly given the size of her margin, to really speak hard, speak long and hard about the issue of income inequality,” said Dr. Lester Spence.

Rawlings-Blake served nearly two years of the term vacated by Sheila Dixon. Dixon was forced to step down amid a gift card scandal.

Comments (19)
  1. zoro says:

    Introducing the “Fake mayor”. The real control is the crooked council & business leaders in the city. The city can’t pay it’s bills & just got snookered to the tune of millions by the labar day race in the city. We’re the laughing stock of the country.

  2. Matt says:

    Zoro, you forgot that we are also a haven for illegals.

    1. zoro says:

      Matt, Correct, We’re a safe haven for illegals with a blind eye the other way all the while Casa De Mayo operates in the open in full view. These types of behaviors, the illegal activities, incarcerations, medial care for the pepper bellies all take a bite out of the citiy’s resources.

      1. sick of maryland says:

        Matt & Zoro – did you vote for O’Malley twice? If so you and anyone else who did can look in the mirror and see where the blame lies for Casa de O’Malley.

        Rawlings-Blake is next in line to be Governor, like O’Malley, so it would behoove us all for the blind liberal voters to start voting out career “D”. That is a big part of what makes us the laughing stock of the country, the most business unfriendly state in the union whose leader (King) spouts off “I didn’t hear you say jobs” as the jobs evaporate from Maryland.

        Career “D”‘s, O’Malley, Miller, Busch, Hoyer, Mikulski, Cardin, all know they can do whatever they please, and they will continue thier careers at our expense. Like those toll hikes to cover the outright theft of the transportation fund?

        Rawlings-Blake is simply falling in line to continue her political career like those outlined above. All of these complaints but no one votes them out.

  3. bernard Mc Kernan says:

    The mayor wants 10k new residents in the city? No problem with all the illegitimate babies born to welfare mommas. How about tax paying residents instead of moochers Ms Mayor?

  4. concern citizen says:


  5. topper says:

    i really dislike her, I cant understand why the public cant see her for what she really is.

  6. Mike says:

    Stephanie Rawlings Blake

    To quote Shug Avery from The Color Purple – you sure is ugly

  7. MD Resident says:

    You people voted for her and you people got her for 4 more years. Have fun!!!

  8. LaDasha says:

    The mayor is a very good lady. She will do her best for the city. You people do not know what you are talking about she works very hard for the people.
    Gov. O’Malley does the same for the state.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012 for ALL the people.

  9. willie says:

    LaDasha, You & your race would vote for the effin Devil if you were given a free cell phone…..STFU.

    1. SHUT IT!! says:

      willie, you are a racist idiot!! Every race has it’s share of “good folks” an d”bad folks”. and unfortunately, each race has a few cowardly idiots like you! YOU shut up!!

    2. john says:

      willie you are a tough guy on these message boards. you are a coward dude

  10. willie says:

    John & Shut it, Kiss my willy turdlets.

  11. fogey0 says:

    She needed a full term to finish making the city into a total rat hole. She was only 75% done.

    1. sick of maryland says:

      Same thing O’Malley did, and the blind liberals gave him a promotion. Now the whole state suffers. History repeats itself for those who do not learn it in the first place.

  12. Sharon says:

    Progress does not happen over night. At one time in the past, all of our forefathers were illegal aliens from Europe, the USSR and other corners of the earth. The Native Americans should have never befriended any of your forefathers and the country wouldn’t be a melting pot of racist people today. It would be a better world without a lot of you ignorant people. As long as racist continue to hate, the worlds going to always be one big mess. We are all human beings regardless of our race or color. Get over yourselves.

  13. willie says:

    The mayor & all the thugs coons can have the city. I’m gonna LMFAO when they go hungry, riot, burn & murder each other & then blame it on Whitey.

  14. adraine says:

    well Willie if anybody is a coon its your dumb stupid ass

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