Reginald “Reggie” Fugett
Reginald “Reggie” Fugett, has access to money and power – and he says he wants to use those things to do good for the city of Baltimore.
Fugett’s father is former Washington NFL player Jean Fugett. His uncle was Baltimore businessman Reginald F. Lewis, who has a museum named after him in Baltimore. And Fugett’s sister is married to Baltimore Orioles player Adam Jones.
“I have the energy and the resources,” he told the AFRO in a phone interview last week. “I’m not a politician, but I do have these connections.”
Fugett announced at the end of January that he intended to run for City Council. He is running to represent District 8 in West Baltimore. The seat is open because current City Councilwoman Helen Holton is not seeking reelection.
At press time, eight people had registered with the State Board of Elections to run for Holton’s seat. Among them, Russell Neverdon, who ran unsuccessfully against Marilyn Mosby for the job of City State’s Attorney.
Fugett said that he intended to win by connecting with as many would-be constituents as he can.
“By knocking on doors aggressively,” he said. “I could rest on my family background, but I don’t think that’s going to get me elected.
Fugett grew up in West Hills, where he still lives. He is a graduate of the Gilman School.
He said government accountability is one of his major concerns.
“The accountability – it’s almost a national issue. Bringing accountability to the City Council is a matter of showing everyone the goods and the bads and making sure that everyone is involved in the decision making,” he said. “My idea is to empower my people, to organize them. What I’ve found so far is that neighborhood communities are factions – it’s more about how do you help “my” community.”
He said he wants to connect communities to form a more united front. He also wants to protect the people who have been here for years as parts of the city become more gentrified.
“Baltimore is changing in front of our eyes,” he said. “By organizing, I can empower the communities.”
Fugett also said he is interested in creating a Westside basketball tournament that would involve children in the community and police, to help improve relations between the two.
“I’m a big believer in community policing,” he said.
Fugett said that he looks favorably on members of the city’s large and growing protest community.
“I think that it’s great. I think that the reason that they are coming out is not great. It would be better to have young people who are civically minded without somebody dying. We don’t want that to be the reason that people are coming out. It’s important to remember that this energy is not lost when a couple people get paid.”
So why did Fugett opt to enter the race for City Council and not for the Mayor’s office?
“I don’t have one of those 15-point plans,” he said. “I don’t have all the solutions. Starting locally is best. I know that running for mayor would be a long shot. By doing that I wouldn’t be able to focus on the community that I care about.”
He added that he could consider the mayor’s office one day.
Fugett has worked under New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. He has also worked as a consultant at California-based Pacific American Fish Company. However, he said he felt a strong call to help the city.
“You need to feed your soul. I was working and comfortable, but it wasn’t enough,” he said. “Something was missing.”
Fugett said he planned to run a clean campaign.
“I had dinner with Kristerfer who a lot of people are saying is a potential front runner. You won’t see me going negative.”
“When we knock on doors, or I show up to community organizations, the message is going to have to continue to be pushed. In terms of rising to the top, we’re going to knock on all the doors in the district. Leaving it up to them. Connecting the dots and working with the right people. It’s going to take a lot of hard work.”