The last time I wrote to you, I said that you would soon be hearing about my plans to take my leadership to the next level. That time has come. Our beloved Baltimore is sitting at a critical crossroads that will determine the future of our city. The final destination is a better and more inclusive Baltimore.
A leader does not have to have absolute power. Rather, a leader knows that true leadership is seeking what is best for the greater good and maximizing the power you have before seeking more. I have decided to seek another term as 2nd District Councilmember and I will focus on taking my leadership to a higher level through dedicating myself to legislation and other initiatives that will make Baltimore a better place for all of its residents.
First, I will be introducing legislation to create a municipal I.D. program. Municipal ID’s have been proven to be a great tool for government access and accountability. Issuing different I.D. cards for school, library and recreation centers for our young people is ineffective, wasteful and prohibits data sharing. A municipal I.D. program will streamline this and also create better access to city programs for our homeless, refugees and other often forgotten populations.
Additionally, the way Baltimore elects its local elected officials is outdated and often does not provide the majority of voters with a winner whom received a majority vote. No one should take office after winning a primary election with thirty or forty percent of the vote. Unfortunately, this often happens in Baltimore because of our closed primary elections. It’s time for this to change and for Baltimore to join most major cities in having open elections.
Moreover, staggered elections are a common practice in many major cities that Baltimore should enact. I will be advocating for our legislators in Annapolis to pass legislation enabling both practices.
Lastly, I believe it is time that Baltimore seriously consider changing the structure of our city council. I believe our Council can be more effective and responsive while being smaller and constructed differently.
In addition, to these legislative initiatives I will also be working to make youth interaction training mandatory for Baltimore Police Officers, fighting again for full transparency of every health inspection conducted in our city and connecting all who want to serve to opportunities through my Do More To Be More Campaign. This won’t be easy and there will be more, but if we work together we can achieve all of these efforts to make Baltimore better for all.
This Saturday, I’ll be out talking to neighbors about my plan to build a better Baltimore and would love to have you join us at 10 a.m. at the corner of Cedonia and Arizona Avenues. I hope to count on your support in this important work for our city. Let me know you’ll be there by signing up here for our canvass.
By Authority: Brandon Scott for Baltimore, Alicia Wilson, Treasurer