By Sean Yoes
AFRO Baltimore Editor
syoes@afro.com

Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott is claiming victory in the race for Baltimore mayor, after the Associated Press declared him the winner on June 9.

At AFRO press time Scott led former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon by more than 2,000 votes, 42,528 (29.4%) for Scott, to 40,170 (27.7 percent) for Dixon. Former Obama administration official Mary Miller finished third with 15.6 percent, followed by former deputy attorney general for Maryland, Thiru Vignarajah at 11.5 percent and Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young with 6.3 percent of the vote.

In this Oct. 23, 2019, file photo, Baltimore Council President Brandon Scott speaks during a viewing service for the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings at Morgan State University in Baltimore. Scott has won the Democratic nomination for Baltimore mayor. The victory on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, exactly a week after the election was held, puts Scott in a strong position to be the next mayor of the struggling city. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

“Tonight, we celebrate a hard-fought victory for the future of Baltimore,” Scott tweeted around 9 p.m., June 9. “From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank my family, my team, our volunteers, those who voted for a new day forward for Baltimore, and everyone who believes change is not just possible, but long overdue.”

Thus far, Dixon has not conceded to Scott. In fact, the former mayor, who led Scott after the first batch of votes was counted suggested the vote counting process may be flawed.

“I think anybody would want this to come to an end,” Dixon said on June 2, regarding the vote counting process. “There are some questions and concerns that I have.” Dixon added she is, “keeping all options open,” as far as the possibility of a recount.

More than 131,000 votes were cast for the top five finishers in the mayor’s race, vote totals that have not been seen in a mayoral election in many years.

With Scott’s victory, as well as the wins this week by Del. Nick Mosby for Baltimore City Council President and Councilman Bill Henry for Baltimore City Comptroller, it will be the first time since the administration of Mayor William Donald Schaeffer that the city’s three top political positions are held by men.

Scott’s triumph spoils Dixon’s second bid to regain the office from which she was forced to resign, after a scandal involving gift cards for the poor allegedly having been misappropriated by her office.

“We ran a great campaign, a clean campaign in Baltimore, showing people that someone who came from Baltimore, struggled in Baltimore, grows up in Baltimore can actually run a new campaign and show people you can do it in a new way,” Scott said earlier this month.

“We showed Baltimore there is a new way forward. There is a new generation believing in the promise of the future of Baltimore and not falling for the failures of the past.”

Sean Yoes

AFRO Baltimore Editor