By Sean Yoes
AFRO Baltimore Editor
Baltimore City Comptroller Joan Pratt has held the office as the City’s independent fiscal executive since 1994. But, this week her run as Comptroller has come to an end.
Pratt has been defeated in her bid for a seventh term by Baltimore City Councilman Bill Henry, who represents the 4th District of Northeast Baltimore.
Baltimore City Councilman Bill Henry (Courtesy Photo)
With three of four precincts reporting, Henry has an insurmountable lead garnering 54.1 percent of the vote, to Pratt’s 45.9 percent, a difference of more than 10,000 votes.
Henry declared victory on June 8. “The returns we’re seeing make it clear that, thanks to the hard work and support of so many Baltimoreans, I will be the Democratic nominee for City Comptroller in November’s general election,” Henry said in a statement. There was no Republican candidate for Comptroller in the primary.
Pratt had been hounded by controversy and accusations of corruption during her decades as Comptroller.
The most recent controversy was found in a report by the Office of the Inspector General, which found Pratt had cast a conflict of interest vote to award 15 city-owned lots for a dollar each to her church Bethel AME, where Pratt is a trustee. The lots were valued by the city at $1,000 each.
Henry declared voters were ready for a change.
“They want a Comptroller who will keep an eye on the Mayor and City agencies. They want a Comptroller who’s focused on pulling back the curtain, and letting all of us see how City government is really running and how our money is being spent,” Henry stated.
“Starting in December of this year, that’s what the people of Baltimore are going to have. I look forward to working with all of my colleagues in City government to move Baltimore forward, into a brighter, stronger tomorrow.”