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22 candidates seek to fill City Council vacancy, in final step of Baltimore's post-Pugh political shuffle

22 candidates seek to fill City Council vacancy, in final step of Baltimore's post-Pugh political shuffle
There are 22 candidates to fill a vacancy on the Baltimore City Council created when Brandon Scott became council president. They include an aide to Scott, one of his former electoral opponents and the daughter of a veteran state delegate. (Alex Wroblewski / Getty Images)

There are 22 candidates to fill a vacancy on the Baltimore City Council created when Democrat Brandon Scott became council president, including an aide to Scott, one of his former electoral opponents and a daughter of a veteran state delegate.

Scott’s office provided a list Tuesday of the candidates for the 2nd District seat in Northeast Baltimore.

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The prospects will make their case Thursday evening before a 13-member Vacancy Nominating Committee that will recommend a nominee to the council. The committee members include Democratic council members Shannon Sneed and Zeke Cohen, as well as representatives of neighborhood associations in the 2nd District.

Filling the vacancy is the last stage of a political office shuffle in Baltimore that began May 2, when Democrat Catherine Pugh resigned as mayor.

The council president’s office declined to release the applications or resumes for the candidates, saying they are considered personnel records under state law.

The hopefuls include Danielle McCray, who worked in Scott’s office when he was a councilman. She’s also the younger sister of Democratic state Sen. Cory McCray of Baltimore, a friend and close ally of Scott’s.

Danielle McCray said in the five years she’s worked for Scott on policy and constituent issues, she has been “just doing the work and I want to continue it.”

Chanel A. Branch, a daughter of Democratic Del. Talmadge Branch of Baltimore, also is seeking the seat. Branch works for the state in a role she said has prepared her to serve the district as its council member.

“I’m just ready to hit the ground running,” she said.

Among the other candidates are Cody Dorsey, a former member of the Baltimore youth commission; Sharita Daniels Obiora, who ran against Scott in 2011 for the seat; Glenda S. Curtis, an aide in the City Council president’s office; and Tamira Dunn, a city health department employee who already was planning to seek the seat in next year’s election.

When Pugh resigned, Democratic Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young became mayor. Scott then secured Young’s old job in a competition with Democratic Council Vice President Sharon Middleton.

Here’s the full list of candidates provided by Scott’s office:

» Ronald N. Bailey

» Chanel A. Branch

» Tamblyn G. Butler

» Glenda S. Curtis

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» Christina Delgado

» Cody L. Dorsey

» Tamira Dunn

» Wesley D. Hawkins

» Mark M. Hunter III

» Eric M. James

» Cynthia E. Johnson

» Rodney Leach

» Camille Loya

» Danielle McCray

» Nicholas L. Miles

» Sharita Daniels Obiora

» Allen O. Phillip Jr.

» Cassey A. Richardson

» Bobbi Jo Syms

» Dexter T. Walker

» Gary Williams

» Randi Williams

The nominating committee could vote on a preferred candidate Thursday night or choose to reconvene later to make its recommendation. The next council meeting when a candidate could be confirmed is June 11.

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