After decades of service on the Baltimore City Council, two sitting members, Mary Pat Clarke and Edward Reisinger, announced they do not intend to seek another council term. The City Council elections are in November 2020.
Councilmember Clarke represents the 14th District, a North Central Baltimore district of 46,000 residents. After a brief hiatus from public office, Clarke took her current seat in 2004.
From 1975-83, Clarke represented the old 2nd District. From 1987-95, Clarke served as the first woman ever elected President of the Baltimore City Council, a citywide elective position.
“The time is right for a new generation to assume leadership and responsibility in our crucial corner of the City,” Clarke said in a statement. “The person we elect will contribute ideas and talents to the most progressive and diligent City Council I have ever had the honor to work with. The time is right to make the coming transition of 2020 the most promising possible.”
Councilmember Reisinger, who represents the 10th District in South Baltimore, himself serving for 24 years, said he was looking forward to spending more time with family.
According to The Baltimore Sun:
“The community meetings, meeting people, developing the relationships … It’s been an honor and a pleasure to be a councilman in the district,” he said.
“They care, they’re committed,” he said of his council colleagues. “They’re ready to make changes.”
Stay tuned to Conduit Street for more information.