The race Baltimore City Council’s 10th District is shaping up to be highly competitive, with nine Democrats and two Republicans looking to replace retiring Councilman Ed Reisinger.
With Reisinger’s pending retirement after 24 years in office, a former sex worker, a current Democratic Central Committee member and a member of a prominent Baltimore political family will vie for his seat this November.
District 10 covers south and southwest Baltimore across the Hanover Street bridge, including neighborhoods like Cherry Hill, Pigtown and Brooklyn.
The race itself has garnered state and national attention, as several candidates have received prominent endorsements.
Phylicia Porter, a Democratic Central Committee member and health care consultant, raised roughly $43,000 in campaign funds as of April and was endorsed by Reisinger last year.
Her campaign looks at the city’s issues primarily through a public health lens, saying she wants to use community-based solutions to strengthen local Safe Streets programs to temper crime in certain areas, which she said will also lead to increased business.
“As a city councilperson, it is incumbent to help bridge that gap within the community,” she said. “When we talk about re-engaging, we’ve got to start utilizing actual boots on the ground and in the communities.”
Democratic candidate Natasha Guynes, the former sex worker, has received a considerable amount of buzz for her campaign.
As for economic development, nearly all said the area needs more business. Their solutions range from Democratic candidate Bill Marker’s proposal for a universal state property tax rate to Republican candidate Mekkah X. Mohammed’s idea to have weekly job training classes at local churches.