On April 26th, Maryland State Sen. Catherine Pugh defeated former Mayor Sheila Dixon in the Democratic primary election for Baltimore mayor. At Irvington, My Brother’s Keeper, we believe Baltimore residents must understand and be active in the city’s political process. MBK would like to share with you Senator Pugh’s plans for the city and the implications of her plans for Irvington My Brother’s keepers guests.
The Baltimore Mayoral Race: The Results and why they Matter
The results in the Baltimore mayoral race were narrow, with Pugh earning 37 percent of the vote while Dixon earned 34 percent of the vote – falling short by only about 3,000 votes. Pugh still must run in the November general election to officially earn her seat as mayor of Baltimore, but according to the Baltimore Sun, “In a city where Democrats outnumber Republicans 10 to 1, the primary has for decades decided the race for Baltimore mayor.”
The 2016 primary election comes at a critical time of remembrance in Baltimore, as the city is still recovering from “the uprisings” that broke out almost exactly one year ago – on April 28, 2015. In light of this, many people consider this Baltimore mayoral race the most important in a generation. If elected, Pugh will replace Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in December.
The Pugh Plan for Baltimore
Pugh’s mayoral campaign motto is, “Moving Baltimore Forward.” The following are the five pillars Pugh identifies in own words in her plan for moving our city forward:
“The two fastest growing populations in Baltimore City are 18-34 and 55 years of age and older. Many families don’t choose Baltimore public schools to send their children. We can change that by creating a school system with accountability that will provide our children a quality education from the cradle to college and careers.”
- Many of Irvington My Brother’s Keeper guests, did not complete High School and are functionally illiterate. My Brother’s Keeper endorses school curriculum design that contemplates family literacy realities to insure student achievement.
2. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND JOBS
“We will partner with our private sector and philanthropic community to enhance opportunities for year round job opportunities for our youth. We will match our training programs to meet the needs of employers. We will become a more business friendly city as we eliminate unnecessary red tape in the permits and licensing process”
- Irvington My Brother’s Keeper in cooperation with the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED) operates a community based jobs hub. This partnership is funded with a grant from Mayor Rawlings-Blake. MBK hopes the next mayor will continue funding this important community based services.
3. PUBLIC SAFETY
“The events of this past April that began with the death of Freddie Gray and sparked destruction and protest in our streets shined a light on our city and left an impression to the nation that our city is monolithic and that we are drowning in crime and destruction. While we suffered an unusual high spike in crime it is also a wake-up call for our city. We must address the police and community divide and improve the neighborhoods that have been neglected for decades leaving the impression that we at war with our own citizens. ”
- The research shows Safe Street programming (funded by the Baltimore City Health Department) positively impacts the decline of street violence. Irvington My Brother’s Keeper advocates the next Mayor will expand funding in this category and target the program to the communities with the highest incidence of violence.
4. QUALITY OF LIFE
“Improving the quality of life for all our citizens will require a focus on eight critical areas, health, housing, transportation, lighting, property tax reduction, the environment, infrastructure, and improving our city’s image.”
- Irvington, My Brother’s Keeper serves guests who have need for various types of housing. Therefore MBK advocates for a continuum of housing meets the unique needs of different constituency located conveniently to public transportation.
5. ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY
“The objective of every city agency should be the delivery of quality services to the citizenry it serves in an effective and efficient manner.”
- Irvington, My Brother’s Keeper believes each Baltimore City resident is responsible for insuring elected officials are responsive. Hence, each City resident of voting age must VOTE.
Talk to My Brother’s Keeper About Helping in Baltimore
To learn more about how to help or to find out more about our services including addiction treatment referrals, prescription assistance, hot meal programs, employment assistance, health services and identifying possible emergency shelter, call MBK today at 410-644-3194.