Baltimore mayoral election, 2016
|Elections in Maryland|
The 2016 Baltimore mayoral election were held along with the 2016 General Election on November 8, 2016. Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the incumbent mayor, is not running for reelection. Due to the heavy Democratic Party leanings in Baltimore, winning the Democratic Party primary election is considered tantamount to election as mayor. Catherine E. Pugh won the mayoral election on November 8, 2016 with 57.1% of the popular vote, and is expected to take office on December 6, 2016.
Background and candidates
Incumbent Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will not seek re-election in 2016. She completed former Mayor Dixon's term, and won the mayoral seat in the 2011 mayoral race. After holding the office for five years, she has faced challenges and criticism during her tenure. Notable events include the 2015 Freddie Gray Protests, Governor Hogan's rejection of the Baltimore Red Line, and an increase in crime since the Freddie Gray Protests in April 2015.
On July 1, 2015, Sheila Dixon entered the 2016 mayoral race. Since her announcement, Dixon has campaigned in West Baltimore about the city's increasing transportation issues. Additional candidates include Baltimore Police Sergeant Gersham Cupid, former member of the Texas State Guard Mack Clifton, Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes, Harvard Business School graduate Calvin Allen Young III, public servant Elizabeth Embry and prominent #BlackLivesMatter activist DeRay Mckesson.
On September 11, 2015, Rawlings-Blake announced that she would not seek re-election as Mayor of Baltimore. The mayor stated, "It was a very difficult decision, but I knew I needed to spend time focused on the city's future, not my own."
The Democratic mayoral primary was held on April 26th, 2016. Catherine E. Pugh beat out former Mayor Sheila Dixon and 11 other challengers in a crowded field to replace Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
- Mack Clifton, author
- Gersham Cupid, Baltimore police sergeant
- Sheila Dixon, former Mayor of Baltimore
- Elizabeth Embry, attorney
- Patrick Gutierrez, former bank operations manager
- Mike Maraziti, business owner
- DeRay Mckesson, civil rights activist and former school teacher/administrator
- Nick J. Mosby, Baltimore City Councilmember for the 7th District (dropped out)
- Catherine E. Pugh, State Senator and former Baltimore City Councilmember for the 4th District
- Carl Stokes, Baltimore City Councilmember for the 12th District
- Cindy Walsh, former UPS manager and candidate for Governor in 2014
- David Warnock, businessman
- Wilton Wilson, nurse
- Calvin Allen Young, engineer
- Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, incumbent Mayor of Baltimore
- Armand Girard, retired math teacher
- Chancellor Torbit
- Brian Charles Vaeth, perennial candidate
- Alan Walden, retired WBAL radio personality
- Larry O. Wardlow, Jr.
Green Party primary
- Joshua Harris, community activist, co-founder of Hollins Creative Placemaking
- David Marriott, US Marine
- Emanuel McCray, Army Veteran
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Dr. La Vern AW. Murray Th. Ed., Unaffiliated write-in candidate
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