Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young will declare his candidacy for mayor Saturday, his campaign confirmed.
Young took office in May with the resignation of Mayor Catherine Pugh. By then, Young had been in the mayor's office on an acting basis for a month while Pugh, who had been plagued by scandal, was on a medical leave of absence.
Young will make his announcement at 11 a.m. Saturday at The Ynot Lot, across the street from his new campaign headquarters at 1901 North Charles Street. The same offices served as the Baltimore City headquarters for Gov. Larry Hogan's re-election campaign.
Young will tell supporters he is the best person for the job and that he wants "to honor the public service of Congressman Elijah Cummings," campaign spokesman Leroy Graefe said.
Cummings, a confidant to Young and many other Baltimore politicians, died last week. He was 68.
When he first moved to the mayor's office, Young said he had every intention of running for his old job as City Council president. However, since then, a number of candidates have emerged for both jobs.
Declared candidates include City Council President Brandon M. Scott and former Maryland Deputy Attorney General Thiru Vignarajah. Former police spokesman T.J. Smith has established a campaign committee and said an announcement would come by the end of October. Former Mayor Sheila Dixon, who nearly defeated Pugh in the 2016 Democratic primary, may also run.
The race for City Council president includes City Councilmembers Leon Pinkett and Shannon Sneed. Read more at WBAL