Each election season in Baltimore the race for Baltimore falls mostly on how many voters each candidate can get to come to the polls----and with only 17-20% of registered Democratic voters willing to do that----this critical Executive position goes to people with only the best networking skills.
Sheila Dixon for Mayor
BUILDING A BETTER BALTIMORE
She began serving her West Baltimore neighbors on the City Council in 1987 before being elected City Council President in 1999, the first African-American women to hold the citywide position. She became the 48th Mayor of the city of Baltimore in January 2007, succeeding Mayor Martin O’Malley.
In public service, Sheila Dixon worked to create a cleaner, greener, healthier, and safer Baltimore. As Mayor she created the gun offender registry, the single stream recycling program, and the popular Downtown Circulator. Her policies led to improved birth outcomes and expanded early childhood education, as well as 30 year record lows in crime and record highs in miles of newly paved roads.
Mayor Dixon also created initiatives such as the 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness, Cleaner Greener Baltimore, Fit Baltimore, PEACE Baltimore, and the Neighborhood Ambassador program. She was an active member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Mayors Against Illegal Guns and a national leader on combating homelessness.
Sheila Dixon has been a strong advocate for many public health issues, including HIV/AIDS, breast cancer and lead poisoning in children. She is an avid athlete with a rigorous weekly fitness routine. Beyond her concern for her personal health and fitness, she is an advocate for programs that improve children's health through a more nutritional diet and exercise routine.
About Carl Stokes
For more than two decades Carl Stokes has sought to improve the quality of life for Baltimore residents and provide educational opportunities for children.
Councilman Stokes was a successful businessman, having managed and ultimately purchased a chain of retail clothing stores, before being elected to represent the then second district on the Baltimore City Council in 1987.
During his two terms on the council, Mr. Stokes was a recognized expert in budget issues and on education.
He left the council in 1995 but in the same year accepted an appointment by the Governor of Maryland and the Mayor of Baltimore to serve on the newly reconstituted Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners.
He is a former vice president of Mid-Atlantic Health Care, one of the region’s leading providers of medical equipment and supplies and formerly served as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of The Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy, a public charter middle school for boys founded in 2006 and opened in 2007 in East Baltimore.
In 2008, after only operating for one full year, Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy students scored above every traditional Baltimore City middle school in Maryland statewide testing.
Councilman Stokes serves as the chair of the Taxation, Finance and Economic Decelopment Committee, vice chair of the Education and Executive Appointments committees and is a member of two additional standing committees of the Baltimore City Council.
He is an active parishioner of Saint Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church and is the father of two daughters, Carla and Erika.
Councilman Stokes is a lifelong resident of Baltimore City.
An Engaged Leader
Senator Catherine Pugh has been a public servant for over 15 years. She served as a member of the Baltimore City Council, representing the 4th district (1999-2003). During her tenure as Council Member, Senator Pugh served as: Chair of the Taxation Subcommittee on Economic Development, Vice-Chair of the Land Use & Planning Committee and member of the Urban Affairs Committee. In 2005 she was appointed to the Maryland General Assembly, House of Delegates, where she served for one year before running for her Senate seat in 2006. Senator Pugh’s abilities to negotiate and her bipartisan approach have catapulted her into various leadership positions in the Maryland Senate. She currently serves as the Majority Leader. Named Legislator of the Year (2010) by the City Paper, Senator Pugh has passed over 150 pieces of legislation.
Giving Back She has worked tirelessly to put forward thoughtful policy solutions that result in a better quality of life for Baltimore. Under her leadership, over the past four years, the 40th District Delegation has given over one million dollars in academic scholarships to Baltimore youth. She helped pass legislation to raise the Maryland minimum wage for working families. Senator Pugh is the visionary, co-founder and Chair of the Baltimore Design School, a public school for sixth through twelfth graders, and a founder of the Baltimore Marathon, which is in its fifteenth year and has over a $30 million impact on the city. She also created the Fish out of Water Project, which has raised one million dollars to wire city schools and provided music instruments for children. Senator Pugh has served on several boards, including the University of Maryland Medical Systems and the Council of State Governments.
A Lifetime Of BusinesAn entrepreneur by trade, she is President of CEPugh and Company, a marketing and public relations firm. She has worked as a banker, business developer, Dean and Director of Strayer Business College, Special Editor for the Baltimore Sun, and as a television and radio news reporter and talk show host. She is the author of Mind Garden: Where Thoughts Grow and Healthy Holly, a series of children’s books advocating exercise and healthy eating.
A Few, of Many AchievemeSenator Pugh holds an MBA from Morgan State University and has received qualification from the University of California as an Economic Development Specialist. She has been recognized for her leadership and commitment to diversity and inclusion by numerous organization both local and nationally to include: The United State Small Business Advocate of the Year, The National Association of Securities Professionals Joyce Johnson Award, The NAACP Legislator of the Year, The Mental Health Associations Legislator of the Year, and the African Methodist Episcopal Church’s Living Legacy Award, to name a few.
Building from his own experiences as a father, husband, and member of the community, he knows that a stable job and fair wages make a big difference in the health and happiness of the entire family. That’s why one of Nick’s highest priorities is to bring businesses to Baltimore that will offer gainful employment to its residents. Forward thinking, Nick will bring 21st century solutions to the age-old problems that plague many Baltimoreans. Using the same methods he learned working with Fortune 500 telecom companies, managing 7-figure budgets, navigating City Hall, and hearing directly from his fellow residents, Nick is well suited to make city government more effective.
Councilman Mosby is a man of the people and a man for the people. Raised with strong Christian values by his mother, the late Eunice Orange, Nick is a member of New Psalmist Baptist Church. He is also an active member of the Reservoir Hill Community, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, and board member of Congressmen Elijah Cummings Youth Programs and Baltimore City Community Foundation. He resides in Reservoir Hill and is happily married to the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, Marilyn Mosby. Together, they are the proud parents of two young daughters.
WALSH FOR BALTIMORE CITY MAYOR PLATFORM ISSUES:
TRANS PACIFIC AND ATLANTIC TRADE DEALS---TPP are illegal and a corporate COUP on WE THE PEOPLE AND THE BILL OF RIGHTS---a re-write of the US Constitution that must stop.
STRONG LABOR LEGISLATION - wage, benefits, unions, workplace rights and safety
STRONG RULE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR WHITE COLLAR CRIME - business fraud, entitlement fraud, government contract enforcement, rebuilding criminal justice system for monitoring, investigating, and prosecuting white collar crime, reclaiming money lost through fraud, and civil/social justice upheld
STRONG EQUAL PROTECTION LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR CIVIL, LABOR, DISABILITY, AND ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS-------policing, education, housing, health care, workplace and wage protections
STRONG PROGRESSIVE TAX REFORM FOR INDIVIDUALS AND CORPORATIONS - No Buffett Rule for us......we don't want the rich paying as much as we do, maintaining income inequality..... we want to reverse income inequality with high rates at the top. Global corporations pay more taxes than small business and you and I
STRONG HEALTHCARE FOR ALL - ending the incredible waste and fraud, large profit-margins for healthcare and Pharma institutions and doctors, expanding Medicare as the single-payer plan
STRONG PUBLIC EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FROM K - COLLEGE - we say 'no' to giving charters and for-profit schools more than just a small chunk of public money, yes to maintaining democratic and equal opportunity education, and tuition that is affordable.
CREATION OF A STATE PUBLIC BANKING SYSTEM to provide Maryland citizens a choice in taking money out of the Wall Street financial system and to place all public state funds. The State of Vermont has started this process.
NO TO PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS- privatizing all that is public and handing all writing of public policy to private corporate entities. This is corporate welfare and ends public participation in policy.
NO TO PRIVATIZING ALL OUR PUBLIC UTILITIES AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION----we must have regulated utilities locally operated and preferably public including water, waste, energy.
NO TO MORTGAGING OUR STATE FUTURE WITH WALL STREET FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS AND CORPORATE TAX BREAKS
NET NEUTRALITY - the internet is a utility necessary to everyone's life and needs to be regulated for equal access. This does not stifle innovation.