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Mosby gets backing of Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance

The influential Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance is backing City Councilman Nick J. Mosby in the crowded field of candidates seeking to become Baltimore's next mayor.

The alliance -- which represents about 50 churches in the Baltimore area and some 20,000 churchgoers -- decided to endorse Mosby based on his plans for the city outlined in his 15-point platform that includes plans for universal prekindergarten and a 15 percent cut in property taxes for homeowners.

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"We have faith that Nick Mosby will lead Baltimore to better days," the Rev. Alvin Gwynn Sr., the alliance's president, said in a statement. "It's going to take time, commitment, resolve, and most importantly, a plan that will both rebuild our city and take care of our most vulnerable residents."

Gwynn said the endorsement comes after the coalition "carefully listened" to Mosby's plans, and found them to be holistic and insightful.

Mosby said the alliance's support helps to show that, as mayor, he will be able to align the interests of multiple stakeholders.

"I will continue to earn the trust of the people vote by vote," Mosby said in a statement.  "Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen and I have faith that we will build a better Baltimore together."

Mosby is among 28 candidates running to replace Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who decided not to run for another term. Civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson surprised political observers late Wednesday by filing as a mayoral candidate minutes before the deadline.

Mosby said he welcomes any challengers and looks forward to the "discussion about building a better Baltimore."

Among other leading candidates are former Mayor Sheila Dixon, state Sen. Catherine E. Pugh, City Councilman Carl Stokes, lawyer Elizabeth Embry and businessman David L. Warnock.

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