Reginald "Reggie" Fugett — brother-in-law of Orioles center fielder Adam Jones and son of former Washington Redskins tight end Jean Fugett — is jumping into the crowded City Council race to serve West Baltimore.
Fugett, 28, announced Tuesday he would run to replace outgoing Councilwoman Helen Holton in District 8. He said he wants to work with "laser-like focus and energy" to demand accountability from local government, balanced investment across the city and plans to empower West Baltimore.
"Today we stand at a remarkably pivotal juncture in our history," Fugett said in statement. "More than ever, the City and the people of the 8th District are demanding new and bold leadership. People want responsive government and representatives who are ready to listen to the communities that elect them to lead.
"Among the qualities we must demand in our City leaders are: clarity of vision, integrity, humility, commitment and relentless diligence: the stuff it takes to actually get things done."
A native of the West Hills neighborhood and a Gilman School graduate, Fugett most recently worked in government relations for the California-based Pacific American Fish Company. After graduating from Amherst College in Massachusetts with bachelor's degree in American studies, he worked for U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.
Fugett was inspired to run for council following the unrest last spring, said Tunji Williams, a campaign spokesman. Fugett lives in West Hills, and has continuously maintained West Baltimore as his home base, Williams said.
Fugett will face several challengers in the Democratic primary on April 26. Holton, who has represented the district since 1995, is one of six council members not seeking re-election. She announced in August she would not run for another term, citing health reasons.
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Other Democrats running are Kristerfer Burnett, Russell Neverdon, David Maurice Smallwood and Dwayne "Diamond K" Williams.
If elected, Fugett plans to open a district office for constituent services.
His announcement comes on the anniversary of the death of his uncle, Reginald F. Lewis, the namesake of the African-American museum in Baltimore. Lewis' mother and Fugett's grandmother, Carolyn Fugett, said he is "ready to serve."