Brandon Scott, seen here during his last days as president of the Baltimore City Council, was sworn in as the
city’s 52nd mayor on Dec. 8. Scott, 36, makes history as one the city’s youngest mayors. (Photo courtesy of Twitter/@MayorBMScott)

By Sean Yoes
AFRO Senior Reporter
syoes@afro.com

On Dec. 8, Brandon Maurice Scott was sworn in as Baltimore’s 52nd mayor at 36, one of the youngest in the city’s history. His inauguration, a smaller than usual ceremony that followed social distancing protocols, was an acknowledgement of the coronavirus pandemic, which has ravaged the country. 

“We are in the midst of battling two public health emergencies: COVID-19 and a gun violence epidemic,” Scott said during the ceremony. COVID cases and deaths are rising, small businesses are suffering, and an eviction crisis looms over our city. Not to mention the huge fiscal hit to our city’s budget that will require sacrifices,” he added. “We must understand the ways these dual emergencies of violence and the pandemic exacerbate the underlying and obvious inequities facing our residents.”

During his political ascent Scott, a graduate of Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School and St. Mary’s College of Maryland, represented the 2nd District of East Baltimore as a member of the City Council. He was elected to that seat in 2011, at age 27. In May 2019, Scott was elected by his colleagues to be City Council President.

Brandon Scott, seen here being sworn in as the city’s 52nd mayor on Dec. 8. Scott, 36, makes history as one the city’s youngest mayors. (Courtesy Photo)

He emerged from a large field of Democrats to win with a razor thin margin in the Democratic Primary over the second place finisher former Mayor Sheila Dixon. And Scott won the General Election in a landslide over his Republican challenger Shannon Wright and Independent candidate Robert Wallace.

“I am unafraid to do the right thing over the popular one, even if it hurts me politically,” said Scott. “Because this term is about doing what is required to chart a new path, save lives and prepare Baltimore for a prosperous and equitable future.”

 

Sean Yoes

AFRO Baltimore Editor