Connor Meek, the 27-year-old whose opinion piece in the Baltimore Sun about police stations being closed led to policy reversal and heavy press coverage, has filed to run for mayor.
Meek this week filed as an unaffiliated candidate for mayor, meaning he will need to gather more than 4,000 signatures from registered voters in Baltimore to get on the ballot for the general election.
Four Democrats have already entered the race, most notably Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and former Mayor Sheila Dixon.
Police in July ordered all city police stations to stay open around the clock after Meek wrote an account of how he was robbed of his bicycle and found the nearest station closed, drawing concern from community leaders and elected officials.
Below is a statement from Meek on why he has filed to run:
Some may have been surprised to hear that yesterday I declared my intent to run as an unaffiliated petition candidate for the office of Mayor of Baltimore. This decision was not made lightly. There are several goals that I will accomplish over the coming months, hopefully with support from my fellow citizens. In one day we have already made significant progress.