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Rawlings-Blake to start first full term as mayor

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is preparing to be sworn in for her first full term as Baltimore’s mayor.

Rawlings-Blake last month won Baltimore’s mayoral election, nearly two years after her predecessor stepped down amid scandal. Inaugural ceremonies are expected to start late Tuesday morning in front of City Hall.

The Democrat took 52 percent of the primary vote, and had little trouble against her Republican challenger in November. The fall contests are usually a formality in a city where Republicans only make up about 10 percent of the registered voters.

Rawlings-Blake became council president in 2007 and ascended to the post of mayor early last year when Democrat Sheila Dixon resigned after an embezzlement conviction and separate plea to lying about gifts from her developer ex-boyfriend.

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