By Mark Wachtler
February 17, 2016. Baltimore, MD. (ONN) With the incumbent not seeking reelection, the race for Baltimore Mayor has attracted a large field of candidates. Among them are three Green Party hopefuls who will have to battle each other in a May 1st Primary Election. The fact that three candidates are vying to represent the Green Party in the General Election shows how popular and successful the Greens have been in Maryland, especially Baltimore.
Joshua Harris, one of three Green Party candidates for Baltimore Mayor.
The Maryland Primary Election is scheduled for April 26, 2016. But that’s only when the taxpayer-funded Democrat and Republican primaries will take place. Opposition parties like the Greens will be having their own primaries. Voters can participate in the Baltimore Green Party Primary Election by voting via mail or in-person on May 1st.
Race for Baltimore Mayor
While the state doesn’t fund or facilitate the Green Party Primary, the Maryland Board of Elections does list opposition party candidates on its website. For Baltimore Mayor, the site shows three Green candidates, one Libertarian, sixteen Democrats, five Republicans, two independents, and six ‘unaffiliated’.
“We are pleased to have three qualified candidates running for Mayor, all of whom have a history of community service,” Baltimore Green Party co-chair Andy Ellis announced, “We look forward to their participation in debates and forums to introduce Baltimore voters to new ideas that will create a democratized economy to build community wealth throughout Baltimore, especially in historically neglected areas. Our candidates will also be putting forward plans to end police violence, reduce crime and ensure community participation in administering law enforcement.”
Meet the Candidates
The announcement also informs Baltimore Green voters that they will have the opportunity to meet the Party’s three Mayoral candidates at a local forum on March 19th. The event is being hosted by the Baltimore Green Party at its office located at 100 E. 23rd St. Other Green Party candidates for offices like US Senate, Congress and City Council will also be in attendance.
Meet the 3 Green candidates for Baltimore Mayor (from GP.org):
Joshua Harris, who resides in southwest Baltimore, is co-founder of the Hollins Creative Placemaking, which leads initiatives that foster urban revitalization by including the use of art and creative processes to foster an environment of belonging. His community involvement includes serving on the Charles Village Urban Renewal community board, Paul's Place Community advisory board, Baltimore's Promise Mentoring Task Force, and he is the youngest board member for Baltimore's Southwest Partnership. Harris served as a legislative aide for Delegate Charles E. Sydnor and assisted with the passing of police body camera legislation as part of his work to rebuild relations between police and communities. His top issues are turning 30,000 vacant buildings into functional assets as a foundation to a new Baltimore economy. Rebuilding will include job training for living wage jobs. He plans to address the many public health issues that plague the city and seeks a new energy economy with clean energy becoming a leading industry to spur job creation in Baltimore. He sees education and investing in our youth as a catalyst to stable careers in a 21st Century urban economy.
David Marriott came to Baltimore after he graduated from high school. He joined the US Marines where he went to engineering school. David became a managing partner at nineteen for one of Washington, DC's largest pizza franchises. He went on to become a police officer, resigning after five years because he saw a flawed system that was not serving justice and because of discrimination in the ranks. He later went on to open several successful businesses including a restaurant franchise which also doubled as a night club entertainment. He wants to improve the Baltimore police department with better training and tactics, stop abusive policing, and make citizens a partner in community policing. Reforming education is a high priority, including improvements to school facilities with among other things better heating and cooling systems. Education should serve youth in all of Baltimore's zip codes and be a path to success.
Emanuel McCray is a long-time resident of Baltimore City who served in the U.S. Army and National Guard for 10 years. He has also served as a Leadership Organizer and member of the Leadership Council at United Workers since 2010 where he has worked on giving communities control over development and housing costs through land trusts as well as working on creating living wage jobs. He studied political science at Morgan State University. He will re-focus the Baltimore budget so that it will benefit all Baltimore communities not just wealthy developers. He wants to stop closures of recreation centers, firehouses and community schools; and make sure children do not have to travel long distances to go to school. McCray believes housing is a human right and will encourage community control of housing, through programs like Community Land Trusts. He wants to revamp the Vacant to Values program to benefit low income families instead of developers and put in place rent control laws so landlords cannot unfairly raise rents. McCray is an advocate for a living wage for all people of Baltimore of at least $15 an hour.
For more information, visit the Baltimore Green Party or the Maryland Green Party. Catch all the Maryland Green Party news and announcements streaming live 24/7 on the Opposition News Maryland Page. Be sure to check out all the third party candidates in every state and for every office on the Opposition News Candidates Page.
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