As reported by this Examiner previously, the eight votes needed, by the Baltimore City Council members, to become the cities next Council President, with the succession of Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to Mayor on February 4, has been secured by Council Bernard ‘Jack’ Young. The 12th district councilman for over 12-years and Chair of the two most powerful committees in the council chambers, now seems endanger of being bamboozled by his colleagues.
Having secured a whip-count vote of 10 solid supporters with one wavering, the seniored statesman seemed to have a lock on becoming the next leader for Baltimore City. However, as insiders are reporting that Mayor-elect Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and her staff are now making phone calls to her council colleagues in support of her choice for her successor, councilman William ‘Bill’ Cole, that support may dwindle quickly. The freshman legislator representing the 11th council district has officially entered the fray this week, according to a recent Baltimore Sun article.
However as many Baltimore leaders, including that of the Baltimore City Senate Delegation, are now rallying their support behind the election of Young, others question what type of influence a Rawlings-Blake/O’Malley backed call will have on these council members. Yet as the elected leaders weigh in on who is better qualified to lead, it is now time the People, the voters’ who put these leaders in office, make their case known as to why a Jack Young Presidency of tenured leadership, is needed in this time of peril.
Facing an economic tsunami of budget cuts and possible increased taxes, would you rather a junior legislator indebted to the administration or a seasoned veteran who is Chair of the Budget and Appropriations committee? In the City of Baltimore, though we have made great strides in reducing crime and homicides, who is best fit to lead our City even further away from crime and violence to cleanliness and prosperity; a 2-year councilman or the Chair of the Public Safety and Health committee? I could go on and on, and though anyone is entitled to run for an office, elected by the People, over the course of the next year and a half, leading to that process, we need qualified and distinguished leadership now, to lead this City out of its current state of disparity.
The upcoming vote for the next Baltimore City Council President will be held on Monday February 8th at 5P, the first Council meeting following the vacancy occurred by the February 4th resignation of Mayor Sheila Dixon. Make sure to come out on this day to see how your representative votes!!!
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