Kevin Kamenetz

Six things Catherine Pugh needs to do -- now

Six things Catherine Pugh needs to do -- now

Today's Democratic primary didn’t technically elect Catherine Pugh Baltimore’s next mayor, but barring some sort of cataclysmic event between now and November, it might as well have. Since Theodore McKeldin became the city’s last Republican mayor in 1963, the closest anyone has come to knocking off the Democratic nominee was Samuel A. Culotta’s nearly 28 percent tally against Mayor Kurt Schmoke in 1991, the last of his six attempts to win the city’s top job.

Despite what is all but a foregone conclusion after her narrow victory over former mayor Sheila Dixon, Ms. Pugh won’t be inaugurated until December, an unusually long transition period...