Article11 Sheila Dixon

Sheila Dixon

On May 25 the Baltimore City Board of Elections certified the results of the April primary following numerous irregularities in the election day process. Sheila Dixon, the former mayor of Baltimore who came in second to the Democratic mayoral primary winner Catherine Pugh and who previously raised serious concerns about thelegitimacy of the election, said in an interview with the AFRO that she was moving forward and would not ask for a recount.

“Right now, what I am really hoping is that someone really understands the dynamic of what happened here in Baltimore and look at the overall election process that took place,” she said.

Dixon said she will go back to working at the Maryland Minority Contractors Association where she is already making plans for clients. “I’m already back working with my clients. Particularly with school constructions and what’s happening at Port Covington,” she said referring to the massive development project planned for South Baltimore.

In addition, she is speaking to groups, including the upcoming graduating class of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. Dixon said that she decided not to ask for a recount because the type of information she would need to overturn the election results would only come about through a lawsuit.

“All those provisional ballots that got thrown out and pushed out we can’t see in a recount,” she said. “What would help us would be seeing provisional ballots.”

While Pugh won the election with 49,709 votes and Dixon came in second with 46,301 votes state officials said there were 1,188 provisional ballots that were improperly scanned on election day. Provisional ballots are ballots that have not been validated as being allowed to vote in the election, for example, if the voter is not a registered Democrat, they can not vote in the Democratic primary. In addition, there were numerous accounts of precincts with election day problems.

Dixon, who began running for mayor in 2014, said she is looking forward to getting back to work and would continue to monitor the election process.

“I’m not going away, and it’s very clear a large percentage of voters support me,” she said. “I’m going to work to keep making change in Baltimore.”