Nick Mosby wins Baltimore council president’s race

Democratic state Del. Nick Mosby, a former Baltimore City Council member and past candidate for mayor, is set to lead the council for the next four years as its president.

Mosby defeated Republican Jovani Patterson in Tuesday’s election.

Mosby’s victory came despite revelations last month that he and his wife, Democratic State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby, owed taxes to the federal government. The IRS placed a $45,000 lien on their property in February.

Nick Mosby also missed three of five campaign finance deadlines during the race, amended reports to disclose spending long after it occurred, and was hit with more than $500 in reporting penalties.

In a city where Democrats outnumber Republicans nearly 10 to 1, Mosby was confident Tuesday as he visited polling locations. He said he felt encouraged by the turnout and enthusiasm.

“A lot of new voters," he said. “A lot of voters who haven’t been engaged in the political process for some time. That’s what I get excited about.”

On Tuesday night, he appeared outside City Hall with nine other members of the new City Council. They pledged to work together to address violence, racism and economic inequality. Standing side by side, the new council members were “partners in progress,” he said.

“We have to be ready to go to work,” Mosby said.

He said the early results showed Baltimore voters know his character from a decade of public service and their support did not waiver after reports of his personal debts and campaign finance troubles.

“The voters know exactly who I am,” he said.

He suggested the attention to his finances was merely last-minute political gamesmanship.

“When people see a flurry of stuff two weeks before an election, they understand what it is,” he said.

In the June primary, Mosby emerged from a crowded field that included City Councilwoman Shannon Sneed and former City Councilman Carl Stokes.

In the 2016 mayoral primary, Mosby failed to gain traction. He dropped out shortly before the start of early voting and endorsed the eventual winner, then-state Sen. Catherine Pugh.

Democratic City Councilman Bill Henry ran unopposed Tuesday in the general election for a four-year term as city comptroller. He has pledged to bring transparency and accountability to the fiscal watchdog post.

Alison Knezevich

Alison Knezevich

Alison Knezevich covers Baltimore County government. Since joining The Sun in 2011, she has reported on government and politics, courts and criminal justice. She previously covered state politics at the Charleston Gazette in West Virginia. A native of Pittsburgh, she lives in Baltimore County with her husband and two children.

Tim Prudente

Tim Prudente

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