Weeks after Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced that she wouldn’t be seeking re-election, city councilman Nick Mosby announced his intentions to run for office.
Mosby, the husband of Marilyn Mosby, the Baltimore state’s attorney who is overseeing the prosecution of the six officers charged with Freddie Gray’s death, made the announcement yesterday while standing outside of his longtime neighborhood.
“I have a question for each and every one of you,” he said during his speech. “Are we willing to fight for a better Baltimore? Are we willing to fight against poverty, against illiteracy? Are we ready to fight to provide a world-class education for every single child in this city?”
Speaking to a crowd of 350 voters, Mosby outlined his campaign platforms, vowing to fight crime, reduce homelessness and improve the city’s schools. Mosby also announced intentions to equip every police officer with a body camera.
“Collectively, we can change every block, every corner, every neighborhood,” he said. “I need your help starting today.”
Shortly after Gray’s death, Mosby made headlines when he told Fox News reporters that the city’s rampant riots were a result of a system that has failed and repressed “urban America.”
“This is bigger than Freddie Gray,” he told reporters on April 28. “This is about the social economics of poor urban America. And these young guys are frustrated. They’re upset.”
Marilyn hasn’t commented on her husband’s mayoral announcement.