‘Black Lives Matter’ activist joins Baltimore mayoral race

One of the most prominent activists in the Black Lives Matter
movement on Wednesday announced he is running for mayor of Baltimore.
DeRay Mckesson, whose stature among the loosely organized movement
grew following racially-charged killings in Ferguson and elsewhere,
filed to run as a Democrat before Wednesday’s 9 p.m. deadline, www.wbaltv.com/politics/black-lives-matter-activist-will-run
Mckesson made an announcement on Twitter and https://medium.com/@deray/i-am-running-for-mayor-of-baltimore-34b4e214d582#.ualkobx03 where he acknowledged that he is not a traditional candidate.

“The traditional pathway to politics, and the traditional politicians
who follow these well-worn paths, will not lead us to the
transformational change our city needs,” McKesson said.

“I Am Running for Mayor of Baltimore” https://t.co/tYQ58AOXYp

— deray mckesson (@deray) https://twitter.com/deray/status/695088987325661184

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced in September that
she would not seek re-election. She was criticized for missteps she made
during riots and civil unrest in Baltimore following the death of
Freddie Gray in police custody.
There are more than 20 other candidates for mayor, WBAL-TV reported.

McKesson is a native of Baltimore, where he has been a youth
organizer, teacher and administrator who worked with a program designed
to attract quality staff for the city’s public school system, according
to his https://www.linkedin.com/in/deray-mckesson-14523113
The Black Lives Matter movement has fought for issues affecting the
African-American community to be part of the presidential campaign, with
activists at times interrupting Democratic candidates, and the movement
has helped to shape the conversation on race and policing across the
Mckesson and other members of the movement have met with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

The primary in the mayoral election is April 26.


By: Coeus (438.50)

Tags: Black Lives Matter, Baltimore, Politics

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