BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Brandon Scott declared victory Tuesday night in the Baltimore City mayoral race.
As of early Wednesday morning, Scott had a more than 50-point lead over his nearest competitor, independent candidate Bob Wallace. Scott earned 118,621 (71.1%) votes to Wallace’s 33,354 (20%). Republican candidate Shannon Wright came in third with 11,557 votes (6.9%).READ MORE: 'Game-Changing' Johnson & Johnson Single-Dose Covid-19 Vaccine Meets Requirements For Emergency Use Authorization, FDA Says
“Baltimore, our city has voted for a new way forward,” Scott said during a victory speech overnight. “I stand before you tonight, a son of Baltimore, and the next mayor of our great city. I am so proud, energized, and humbled by your belief in me and what we can accomplish together.”
Thank you Baltimore. I am ready for what's next. Our work has just begun.
Follow my transition effort here: https://t.co/tGEEzbFwnz
— Brandon M. Scott (@CouncilPresBMS) November 4, 2020
“Thank you, Baltimore. I am ready for what’s next. Our work has just begun,” Scott tweeted.
He said better times are ahead and pledged a transparent administration.
“I am ready to lead this work with focus and determination,” Scott said.READ MORE: Baltimore City Schools To Offer Weekly COVID-19 Testing For Students, Staff
Scott grew up in a family environment in Baltimore’s Park Heights during some of the worst periods in the city’s history.
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“We were clueless to the fact that we were living in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in one of the most dangerous cities in the country,” Scott said in a campaign ad. “Because they showed us we did not have settle for that.”
— Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) November 4, 2020
Scott was first elected a Baltimore City Councilman at the age of 27. He was later elected President of Baltimore City Council in May 2019 after Jack Young replaced former Mayor Catherine Pugh in the wake of her book deal scandal.
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He is recognized for his work in public safety, neighborhood revitalization and public education.
Scott said during his campaign he believes it is his generation’s time to “take the mantle, take the baton and take it across the finish line.”MORE NEWS: James Dale Reed Found Guilty Of Voter Intimidation After Leaving Letter Threatening President Biden, VP Harris In Maryland Mailbox