BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Former Mayor Sheila Dixon officially ended her campaign Saturday and congratulated Brandon Scott on winning the Baltimore Mayoral Democratic primary election.
Dixon posted a message on social media. She said, in part:
“We are all in this together. With the current pandemic, protests and a Presidential general election on the horizon, now is not the time for frivolous divisions, but for unity.”
She also thanked all of her supporters and congratulated Scott on winning the Democratic nomination.
“I formally concede and offer my sincerest congratulations to a young man who is a native of this city, a product of our public schools, a young man I have watched grow in public service; a young man I have conversed with on many issues and one who has secured the mayoral democratic nomination.”
Dixon took over as the Mayor of Baltimore in January 2007 when Martin O’Malley was sworn in as governor. She served out the remaining term before being elected the first female Mayor and Baltimore’s third black Mayor in November 2007.
Dixon resigned as Mayor in February 2010 after she was found guilty on one misdemeanor count of fraudulent misappropriation in connection with an incident where she allegedly took gift cards intended for the poor.