DeRay Mckesson has thrown his name into the fray of everyone else running for mayor of Baltimore. Mckesson filed his paperwork Wednesday night, shortly before the deadline.
Mckesson, who was raised in Baltimore but has live the past several years in Minneapolis, is the 13th person to throw their name into the mayoral race.
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Baltimore is a city of promise and possibility,” the Mckesson told The Baltimore Sun. “We can’t rely on traditional pathways to politics and the traditional politicians who walk those paths if we want transformational change.”
Other people in the running include former Mayor Sheila Dixon, state Sen. Catherine E. Pugh, City Councilmen Carl Stokes and Nick J. Mosby, lawyer Elizabeth Embry and businessman David L. Warnock.
Mckesson wrote about his run on his Medium page.
“It is true that I am a non-traditional candidate — I am not a former Mayor, City Councilman, state legislator, philanthropist or the son of a well-connected family. I am an activist, organizer, former teacher, and district administrator that intimately understands how interwoven our challenges and our solutions are,” Mckesson wrote.
Former Baltimore mayor Sheila Dixon is currently leading the polls, and she stated that she’s never heard of Mckesson. But she has only one objective in mind.
“We all want the best for Baltimore,” she said. “There are 84 days left. I’m staying focused.