No­table names in mayor’s race have yet to file

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - MARYLAND - By Talia Rich­man

Al­most a dozen Democrats have filed to run in the pri­mary elec­tion for Bal­ti­more’s next mayor, but even that large num­ber doesn’t re­flect just how crowded the field is in this deep-blue city.

Sev­eral of the best-known can­di­dates have yet to for­mally sub­mit their pa­per­work — in­clud­ing Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, City Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Bran­don Scott and for­mer Mayor Sheila Dixon — ahead of the Jan. 24 dead­line. All three have an­nounced their cam­paigns and are ac­tively fundrais­ing.

Also among those who have an­nounced their cam­paigns but not yet filed with the State Board of Elec­tions, as of Wed­nes­day, are for­mer state Deputy At­tor­ney Gen­eral Thiru Vig­nara­jah and for­mer Bal­ti­more Po­lice Depart­ment spokesman T.J. Smith.

Per­haps the most prom­i­nent Demo­crat who has sub­mit­ted her pa­per­work is state Sen. Mary Wash­ing­ton. This is im­por­tant for her fundrais­ing ef­forts be­cause Mary­land elec­tion code pro­hibits state law­mak­ers from so­lic­it­ing do­na­tions dur­ing the Gen­eral As­sem­bly ses­sion — un­less they’ve filed their can­di­dacy for a lo­cal of­fice.

Myles Handy, Young’s cam­paign spokesman, said it’s no se­cret the mayor is run­ning to keep his seat in 2020.

Marvin James, Scott’s cam­paign spokesman, said the time be­tween an­nounc­ing and fil­ing helps build ex­cite­ment lead­ing up to the pri­mary.

Mag­gie Gratz, Vig­nara­jah’s chief of staff, said the cam­paign would for­mally file soon, build­ing upon their mo­men­tum.

When for­mer T. Rowe Price ex­ec­u­tive Mary Miller an­nounced her can­di­dacy Tues­day, it likely set the Demo­cratic field, though the fil­ing dead­line re­mains about two weeks away.

But un­til Jan. 24 comes around, any­thing is pos­si­ble: In 2016, civil rights ac­tivist DeRay Mckesson made a sur­prise jump into may­oral pri­mary with just min­utes to spare.

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