, 42, was the only candidate aside from Welch to be nominated for final consideration during the vacancy hearings. (She received three votes from City Council members, to Welch’s 10.) A Hollins Market resident, Breiseth is a special-education teacher and co-founder of the Southwest Baltimore Charter School. This is her first run for public office, but she says 20 years of teaching has shown her how “systems and institutions and societal forces and historic injustice” affect the lives of children, and the adults they become. Education is key to her, but she defines that word broadly, she says. “It’s about ongoing experiences that help people be better advocates for themselves—as tenants, employees, entrepreneurs, taxpayers.” Breiseth says, for instance, that she would fight for more funding for schools, but also for ex-offender re-entry and adult-education programs. Such efforts will help boost employment, she says, as will changing the way city contracts are bid out, so that companies that commit to hiring residents are given preference. Breiseth says she has raised just over $20,000.