BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will be facing some challengers as she tries to win a full, four-year term.
Rawlings-Blake took over this year for Mayor Sheila Dixon, who stepped down as part of a plea agreement on corruption charges.
Now, candidates are lining up to challenge her in next September’s Democratic primary. The primary winner is virtually assured of winning the general election.
Thirty-six-year-old Otis Rolley, who worked in the administrations of Dixon and former mayor Martin O’Malley, has launched a campaign website and is raising money. Baltimore Circuit Court Clerk Frank Conaway is also running.
Other potential contenders include state Sen. Catherine Pugh. And former congressman Kweisi Mfume has long been rumored as a mayoral candidate. Mfume tells The Baltimore Sun he’s “not contemplating running for anything right now.”