Today, we continue our series of Conversations with the Candidates with people who are running to be the next Mayor of Baltimore City.
Tom's guest is City Council President Brandon Scott. Mr. Scott was elected President of the City Council by his fellow members eight months ago, when then Council President Jack Young became Mayor after Catherine Pugh’s fall from grace.
As the chair of the Council's Public Safety Committee from 2016 until last year, Mr. Scott has been an advocate for the reform of the city police department and a holistic approach to crime reduction.
If elected Mayor, Mr. Scott says he will aim to reduce homicides in Baltimore by 15%, in each year of his term in office. That would bring the number of annual murders to below 300 by December of 2021.
He was first elected to the Council to represent the 2nd District in 2011. Prior to that, his work experience included working in the office of then-Council President Stephanie Rawlings Blake as her representative in Northeast Baltimore.
In 2018, Jim Shea picked Scott as his running mate in their unsuccessful bid in the Democratic Gubernatorial primary.
A lifelong resident of Baltimore, he’s a graduate of Mervo High School and St. Mary’s College. He is 35 years old and single.
This conversation was live-streamed on WYPR's Facebook page. Watch the video here.