Senator Catherine Pugh, herself a former City Councilmember, won the heavily contested Democratic primary for Baltimore Mayor, outlasting former Mayor Sheile Dixon and multiple other challengers for the victory.
On a stage crowded with elected officials that included Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, Del. Jill Carter and Kweisi Mfume, Pugh declared victory during a brief speech on Tuesday evening at the Baltimore Harbor Hotel in the central business district. Dixon later conceded.
Pugh, 67, has been a Maryland state senator since 2005. Prior to the move, she was a member of the Baltimore City Council from 1999-2004. She is a graduate of Morgan State University and is one of the owners of the 2 Chic Boutique, a consignment store in Pigtown.
The mayoral campaign was one of the city’s most crucial races in recent years. The election came nearly a year to the date of riots that shook Baltimore, resulting in a call for change across the city. Large turnouts were visible across polling places on Tuesday.
“It is my belief that everything I’ve done to this point has prepared me for this moment,” Pugh said.
“We will move our city forward,” she added.
Senator Pugh will face Republican nominee Alan Walden in the November general election, with a sizable advantage in city-wide party registrations.