Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is out for next term. She will serve the last 15 months of her term, but will not run again. Hit by criticism from multiple directions for her performance during the Baltimore riot, where the mayor was obviously overwhelmed and unprepared.
Hope it is not the end of her political career, as I believe she might be able to serve the people of the state in another capacity – but she obviously was not ready to handle a serious crisis.
‘I have chosen to govern rather than campaign,’ she says
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Friday that she won’t seek reelection.
City Hall officials confirmed the decision to WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team lead investigative reporter Jayne Miller prior to the announcement.
Rawlings-Blake announced shortly after 10 a.m. that the decision on whether to seek reelection had been “nagging” her for months and something she has prayed about a lot.
“I wanted to spend the remaining 15 months of my term focused on the city’s future and not my own,” Rawlings-Blake said.
The mayor added that given the current climate in the city with a recent spike in violent crime and the aftermath of the riots following the police custody death of Freddie Gray, she didn’t want to be distracted by the political responsibilities involved in a campaign.
“I have chosen to govern rather than campaign, and I hope the public sees it that way,” said Rawlings-Blake, who also expressed a desire to spend more time with her daughter, Sophia, 11.