Former Mayor Sheila Dixon on Saturday formally conceded the race to reclaim her old seat, offering congratulations to the Democratic nominee for Baltimore mayor, Brandon Scott.
Scott, the City Council president, edged out a victory by just over 3,100 votes.
Despite raising concerns about the execution of this election — Maryland’s first attempt at using mostly mail-in voting — Dixon’s campaign will not be pursuing a recount.
“With the current pandemic, protests and a Presidential general election on the horizon, now is not the time for frivolous divisions, but for unity,” Dixon said in a statement.
This was Dixon’s second attempt at a political comeback after being forced from office amid a public corruption scandal. She was defeated in 2016 by then-state Sen. Catherine E. Pugh, by fewer than 2,500 votes.
The former mayor reminded voters throughout the drawn-out 2020 campaign of her reputation as a competent city manager and her success at driving down violent crime.
During Dixon’s tenure from 2007 to 2010, homicides in Baltimore dropped from 282 to 238 a year, and the violent crime rate went down. She was known for making smart hires, and focused on cleaning up the streets.