The people of Baltimore assumed their responsibility in guiding the allocation of the city's $2.3 billion budget. We estimate that more than 2,500 people, so far, have contacted their elected officials in support of the funding priorities included in President Young's recommendations. Although 2,500 is a fraction of the number of voters in the city, it is more than the number of votes received by six City Council members in the 2011 primary election who went on to win their seats in the general election. In fact, one City Council seat was won with only 1,776 votes. The Democratic slot for mayor was won with only 13 percent of registered Democrats (38,829 votes), and the City Council president's position garnered 17 percent (48,863 votes).