Reaction to Rawlings-Blake's decision not to seek re-election

What people are saying about Baltimore mayor's decision to not seek re-election.

"It takes courage and strength to lead one of America's great cities, and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake stood up and has served the city she loves over the course of two decades. I value my working relationship with the mayor and thank her for her service. Our administrations will continue working together to make Baltimore a better and stronger city."

—Gov. Larry Hogan

"I admire Mayor Rawlings-Blake's decision to stay focused on the city and on the job. I join everyone in thanking her for more than 20 years of service to the City of Baltimore and its people. Whether on the City Council, as a public defender or as our Mayor, her commitment has been unflagging and unflinching. During the remaining 15 months of her term as Mayor, myself and the federal Congressional Delegation representing Baltimore City will continue to do everything we can to make sure Mayor Rawlings-Blake has the resources and support she needs to solve the challenges facing our city."

—U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski

"Over the many years that I have known Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, she has been a fighter for the people of Baltimore. For more than 20 years, she has served in City government, and she has dedicated her life to uplifting everyone in our City. Even her decision not to seek reelection, in her own words, is based on her commitment to ensuring that she spends the remaining 15 months of her term focused on Baltimore's future, not her own. I am deeply grateful for the decades of leadership she has provided to our City, and I remain committed to assisting her in her efforts to move Baltimore forward for the duration of term."

—U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings

"I've had a chance to meet Stephanie and get to know her and her family. She's a wonderful person. She loves the Ravens. She's been at a number of charity things that the guys were at. I wish her all the best certainly. That's a pretty tough job. It's a little tougher job than coaching the Ravens, I think. So we'll stick with this one for as long as they'll have me."

—Ravens head coach John Harbaugh

"Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has been a committed public servant for over 20 years, serving with integrity and vision to bring a better quality of life, better schools and a more responsive government to the citizens of Baltimore. I know she will continue to fight for her City through the end of her tenure as Mayor and beyond. I look forward to working with the Mayor Rawlings-Blake during the 2016 session to implement bold ideas that will move the City forward."

— House of Delegates Speaker Michael E. Busch

"It surprised me because there's not a lot of Democrats in their prime who give up on something. But I guess she realized her mismanagement of the city in the past several months made her unelectable. Instead of being embarrassed with a loss she would go out as mayor."

— Joe Cluster, executive director of the Maryland Republican Party

"Baltimore needs to move in new direction, past the scandals, the unrest, and the persistent poverty that has held us back. We need new leadership and new energy that can grow our economy, bring peace to our neighborhoods, and fix our broken government."

—City Councilman Nick Mosby

I would personally like to thank the Mayor for her two decades of service to our city. Despite the many challenges that we have faced during her tenor Mayor Rawlings-Blake has made significant progress for our city. Although, we often disagree I cannot argue with some of the historic progress. This includes the lowest year for violent crime on record in 2011, working to bring a billion dollars in school construction money to our schools and righting the city's fiscal future. No one is perfect and I wish Mayor Rawlings-Blake and her family all the best."

—City Councilman Brandon M. Scott

"I appreciate that she made the decision for the citizens of the city. It couldn't be an easy decision. It had to be a very difficult decision for her to make."

—City Councilman Carl Stokes, candidate for Baltimore mayor

"She and her family have made many sacrifices and I think she has earned the right to pursue other goals."

—Sheila Dixon, former Baltimore City mayor and mayoral candidate

"As a lifelong resident of Baltimore City, I am grateful for her service to our families and communities. Certainly, our city has experienced many successes and struggles throughout her tenure; however, I applaud her willingness to be bold in her actions and firm in her decision-making. Help me in thanking Madame Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for two decades of service. Let us wish her all the best in her future endeavors."

—Calvin Young, candidate for Baltimore mayor

"Obviously, she decided in a very thoughtful why to make this decision. She's been a public servant to this city for a long time. People make decisions based on their own observations and whatever their obligations and opportunities might be."

—State Sen. Catherine Pugh, candidate for Baltimore mayor

"For the last 20 years, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has dedicated her life to Baltimore as a public servant. I am incredibly appreciative of her commitment to the people of our City. The last few months have been terribly painful for all of us, and I know first hand how much the Mayor has dedicated - personally and professionally - towards finding a path forward for our City. Her decision not to run for reelection is based in this strong commitment to Baltimore, and I commend her deeply. I am positive that this decision did not come lightly, but it is evidence of her true passion for Baltimore. I look forward to partnering with the Mayor and her Administration over the next 16 months to push for a better Baltimore for all."

—State Sen. Bill Ferguson

“The Baltimore Police Department continues to work with the Rawlings-Blake administration to make our City safer. Public safety is paramount to the future of Baltimore.”

—Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis

"I would like to thank and commend Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for her unwavering service to the city of Baltimore. The Mayor has always shown a firm commitment to our residents. I am pleased to know that after her mayoral duties are completed, she will remain devoted to working with city leaders in moving our city forward. I wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors."

—Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby

"Rank and file and City leadership must always work as a team so that Baltimore is a place people want to live, work and visit. We look forward to leadership that makes partnering with public safety a priority."

—Gene Ryan, FOP president

"It really presents the mayor with an opportunity to help the city through this crisis and to really be a leader. I'm almost awestruck by the selflessness of the decision because it's not a decision that's easy for any elected official to make and I think it speaks to the best impulses and expectations for elected officials."

—Jon Laria, chair of Maryland's Sustainable Growth Commission and founder of the Baltimore Development Workgroup

"She said she would rather govern than campaign. But in the end she decided she would rather quit than be fired."

—Todd Eberly, an associate political science professor at St. Mary's College

"Wishing the Mayor well in all of her future endeavors."

—Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz

"I think Baltimore City really needs new leadership."

—Baltimore County Councilman Tom Quirk

"I'm glad she put the city's best interest above her own. I would have hoped she would have resigned and started the healing faster. The damage has been done."

—Del. Sid Saab, Anne Arundel, who had called for Rawlings-Blake's resignation during the Baltimore unrest

"I have had the opportunity over the last 10 months or so to get to know the mayor, I respect her. I can't say we're close since I've only been in office a short time. She has certainly been faced with a difficult situation. She has to make the best decision for her and her family, so I respect that. I wish her the best and I know she will do the best for the city of Baltimore [until her term ends]."

Allan Kittleman, Howard County executive

"I understand her decision, even though I was supporting my former seatmate on the Finance Committee and close friend, Senator Catherine Pugh."

Barry Glassman, Harford County executive

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