With current Baltimore City Councilwoman Shannon Sneed running for council president, seven Democrats are jockeying for her vacant seat in District 13 — and there’s no clear favorite.
Akil Patterson, who works as a consultant for Community Advocacy Consultants, had over $32,000 to spend in the final weeks of the campaign. He said he already has prepared plans for youth development, bringing more technology to the city and maintaining East Baltimore’s legacy, among other ideas.
“A lot of people talk a good rhetoric but they are part of the machine,” Patterson said. “I’m transparent, forward thinking and honest. I understand not only how the government works but how to get it done.”
Antonio “Tony” Glover has the most cash on hand out of all the candidates, with more than $50,000 left to spend, collecting numerous $6,000 checks from various donors. District 5 Councilman Yitzy Schleifer contributed $1,000 to his campaign. Glover has raised most of his money since January, when he only reported $12,000.
The Democrat, who is lobbying to create more jobs, improve schools and make crime a top priority in the district that stretches from McElderry Park, a neighborhood that had six homicides in 2019, to Upper Fells Point.
Jackie Addison has been promoted on Council President Brandon Scott’s slate and with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Maryland Council 3 union contributed $2,000 to her campaign.
The lifelong District 13 resident said over the past 33 years, she’s seen the area take turn for the worse — and wants that to change. Addison, who has a $16,000 cash balance, said she wants to be stronger on fighting crime and expand education as well as mental health and homelessness services.
“I’m not running because I need a paycheck,” the Democrat said. “I’m running because I have a passion.”
Wesley D. Hawkins, who had about $2,800 left to spend as of his April filing, said he wants to focus on bringing resources to the district at an equitable price.
Raymond Wallace David, Kevin Parson and Clarence Thomas — all Democrats — are also running in the race.