2020 Baltimore mayoral election

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Baltimore mayoral election, 2020
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Mayor of Baltimore before election

Jack Young

Elected Mayor of Baltimore


The 2020 Baltimore mayoral election will be held November 3, 2020 concurrent with the General Election. The current mayor Bernard C. Young (D) is eligible for reelection.

Background and candidates[edit]

Incumbent Mayor Jack Young, took office on May 2, 2019 following the resignation of Mayor Catherine Pugh. Young has stated that he is not interested in running for mayor in 2020 after completing the remainder of Pugh's term.[1] Notable events since the 2016 election include an escalation of crime following the death of Freddie Gray in April 2015, the removal of Confederate monuments and memorials in 2017, the 2018 rebranding and launch of the BaltimoreLink bus system following Governor Larry Hogan's cancellation of the Red Line, and the Healthy Holly scandal which resulted in Mayor Pugh's resignation in 2019.

Democratic primary[edit]

The primary election will be held on April 28, 2020 with early voting from April 16 to April 23.[2]

Declared candidates[edit]

  • Lou Catelli (Will Bauer), unofficial "Mayor of Hampden"[3]
  • Ralph E. Johnson Jr., Founder of Johnson REJ Publications
  • Thiruvendran Vignarajah, former Maryland Deputy Attorney General[4]
  • Dante Swinton, Environmental Justice Researcher & Community Organizer[5]
  • Rikki Vaughn, MBA, 2016 US Senate candidate for Maryland and Businessman

Potential candidates[edit]

  • Kristerfer Burnett, Baltimore City Councilmember
  • Jill P. Carter, Maryland State Senator for District 41
  • Zeke Cohen, Baltimore City Councilmember
  • Sheila Dixon, former Mayor of Baltimore and 2016 mayoral candidate
  • Ryan Dorsey, Baltimore City Councilmember
  • Bill Ferguson, Maryland State Senator for District 46
  • Antonio Hayes, Maryland State Delegate for District 40
  • Ben Jealous, Former Director of the NAACP and 2018 Maryland gubernatorial candidate
  • Cory McCray, Maryland State Delegate for District 45
  • Leon Pinkett, Baltimore City Councilmember
  • Brandon M. Scott, Baltimore City Councilmember
  • T.J. Smith, Baltimore County Press Secretary and former Baltimore City Police Spokesperson
  • Shannon Sneed, Baltimore City Councilmember
  • David Warnock, Businessman and 2016 mayoral candidate
  • Mary Washington, Maryland State Delegate for District 43
  • Jack Young, incumbent Mayor of Baltimore[1]


  1. ^ a b Duncan, Ian (May 2, 2019). "Now officially Baltimore mayor, Jack Young inherits city's problems — particularly violent crime". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore, Maryland. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  2. ^ "Baltimore City Board of Elections 2020 Election Dates". Retrieved May 5, 2019.
  3. ^ Schuh, Mike (April 29, 2019). "Hampden's Unofficial 'Mayor' Lou Catelli Files For Baltimore City Mayor". WJZ-TV CBS Baltimore. Baltimore, Maryland. Retrieved May 5, 2019.
  4. ^ Rodricks, Dan (April 10, 2019). "Rodricks: Vignarajah comes into the 2020 mayor's race wisely focused on crime and corruption". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore, Maryland. Retrieved May 5, 2019.
  5. ^ Sun, Baltimore. "Who might run for Baltimore mayor in 2020". baltimoresun.com. Retrieved 2019-07-04.