In Baltimore’s District 2, City Councilwoman Danielle McCray is looking to hold onto the seat she was appointed to in the wake of former Mayor Catherine Pugh’s resignation.
When Bernard C. “Jack” Young became mayor and former Councilman Brandon Scott was elevated to City Council president, McCray was appointed to his position. She has some notable backers, including her brother Sen. Cory McCray; fellow Councilman Yitzy Schleifer, whose campaign transferred $1,000 to McCray; and the B.E.S.T Democratic Club, a local organization that tries to recruit younger voters, has given $4,700 to McCray’s campaign. Scott also contributed more than $3,200.
The Democratic councilwoman, a former aide to Scott, is considered a favorite in the race, and has nearly $32,000 on hand to spend in the final weeks of the campaign.
If re-elected, McCray said she’ll work to continue expanding economic development in the district that stretches from Overlea to Highlandtown, as well as providing more early childhood education opportunities. The councilwoman has sponsored bills to help close the digital divide for city students during the coronavirus as well as the the Trauma Responsive Care Act that requires certain agencies to undergo formal trauma-informed training.
“When my residents call my office they know that we’ll get it done and resolve their problems,” McCray said. “I want to continue to fight for our working families, seniors and children.”
Tamira Dunn, who has about $11,000 on hand, works on the city’s health department Fetal Infant Mortality Review Board and says she would like to bring more attention to Baltimore’s high infant mortality rate.
Former Mayor Sheila Dixon, who is also running for re-election for her old title, contributed $150 to Dunn’s campaign.
The single mother of two said she too would also like to provide more early childhood education opportunities as well as bring back a library to the district and implement more measures to prevent crime.
“We’ve been without a library going on 19 years,” Dunn said. “A library is a safe-haven for our youth and seniors and for people looking for jobs and resources.”
Melissa “Mel B” Bagley, a Democrat, is also running and has not reported any campaign finance reports and Republican Brendon Joyner-El signed an affidavit pledging not to raise or spend more than $1,000 on the campaign.