first_imgDeRay Mckesson is the latest candidate to run for Mayor of Baltimore City. (Courtesy photo)Activist and Baltimore native DeRay Mckesson surprised many Wednesday evening when he filed to run for mayor of the city of Baltimore. The last-minute move made him the 30th candidate in an already crowded mayoral race.A member of the Black Lives Matter movement, Mckesson has made a name for himself as an outspoken advocate against police brutality. He recently appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” “Baltimore is, and has always been, a city of promise and possibility,” read a statement posted on the funding website Crowdpac. “If we are to reach that promise and possibility we cannot rely on traditional pathways to politics and the traditional politicians who walk those paths. We have seen and lived through enough lofty promises and vague plans. We must demand more from our leaders and local government.”By Thursday afternoon, Mckesson had raised over $30,000 toward a posted $250,000 goal.In a long post on, McKesson wrote, “I am running to be the 50th Mayor of Baltimore in order to usher our city into an era where the government is accountable to its people and is aggressively innovative in how it identifies and solves its problems. We can build a Baltimore where more and more people want to live and work, and where everyone can thrive.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.I am a son of Baltimore.” mayor Sheila Dixon, Councilman Nick Mosby, State Senator Catherine Pugh and businessman David Warnock are just some of the other candidates running for mayor.Because Baltimore voters tend to be mostly Democrats, the April 26 primary typically determines the outcome of the mayor’s race.“The Afro” reached out to Mckesson for comment, but did not receive a response by press time.last_img

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