Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby (D-7th), picked up what has historically been a significant endorsement in his quest to become the next mayor of Baltimore. The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (IMA), which is composed of ministers who preside over many of the most influential churches in the Baltimore metropolitan area, chose Mosby after interviewing several candidates in the race.
“We have faith that Nick Mosby will lead Baltimore to better days,” said Pastor Alvin Gwynn, Sr., of Friendship Baptist Church, and president of the IMA of Baltimore. “It’s going to take time, commitment, resolve, and most importantly, a plan that will both rebuild our city and take care of our most vulnerable residents. Nick Mosby brings all of that and more to this race,” Gwynn added.
Mosby probably hopes the IMA endorsement will add a significant spark to a campaign that has been polling in the single digits.
“The church has been a cornerstone of our community…so their endorsement means a lot,” Mosby said shortly after exiting a city council meeting. “I’m so thankful and excited to have their support,” he added.
The IMA selected Mosby over more veteran politicians like former mayor Sheila Dixon, Sen. Catherine Pugh and Councilman Carl Stokes.
“We’re driving in a new direction to build a world class city for all Baltimoreans,” Mosby said. “It’s about who’s going to push the city in the right direction,” he added.
The IMA also rejected new entrants into Baltimore’s political arena like businessman David Warnock, former prosecutor Elizabeth Embry and former Obama White House aide, Calvin Young.
“It’s (IMA endorsement), just indicative of what this race is all about and that’s change,” Mosby said. “I’m the right candidate to lead Baltimore in this era of change.”