Brandon Scott Has A Mandate To Lead Baltimore City
GSG, a national Democratic polling and corporate consulting firm, surveyed 400 likely general election voters on Sept. 4-6. The poll had a 4.9-point margin of error.
Josh Kurtz at Maryland Matters has written about the Brandon Scott campaign and the decision to release the poll. What was revealed indicates citizens ready to embrace Scott’s vision.
Brandon Scott Has A Mandate To Govern
After beating former mayor Sheila Dixon, current mayor Jack Young, KTB endorsed candidate Mary Miller, former prosecutor Thiru Vignarajah, and a host of others, in the general election matchup, Scott was favored by 65% of the voters, compared to 14% for Wallace and 6% for Republican Shannon Wright. Scott — who has been council president since the summer of 2019 and has spent nine years on the council overall — was viewed favorably by 66% of voters, and received the same favorability rating from Black and white voters.
Almost unanimously, voters said they want the next mayor to focus on education, crime, public health and economic recovery. But by very wide margins, they also supported two issues that Scott has been championing — equitable economic development and building a new youth sports complex in the city.
Twenty-three percent of voters said the most important issue that would affect their vote for mayor was “security/safety/crime,” while 12% answered police reform. Asked to identify the next most important issue that would impact their vote, 16% answered education.
Asked what the top priority should be for Baltimore Police, 45% of voters — 57% of white voters and 39% of Black voters — said violent offenders. Twenty-four percent of voters — 26% Black and 17% white — answered gun trafficking.
Eighty-six percent of voters said they supported government efforts to reverse “years of racial inequality caused by government policy” by prioritizing funding for Black neighborhoods that have seen less economic development than others. Eight-four percent said they favored a proposal to build a new youth sports complex in the city.
Two-thirds of Baltimore residents said the city government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been “about right.” Eighty percent said they want the state to proceed cautiously on any moves to further reopen the state economy.
People and Institutions of Baltimore
Baltimore City voters were also asked how they viewed various people and institutions:
- Black Lives Matter — 79% favorable, 13% unfavorable
- Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) — 62% favorable, 26% unfavorable
- Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young (D) — 39% favorable, 37% unfavorable
- Baltimore City Council — 47% favorable, 33% unfavorable
- Del. Nick J. Mosby (D), leading candidate for City Council president — 46% favorable, 23% unfavorable
- Baltimore police — 45% favorable, 42% unfavorable
- Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael S. Harrison — 18% favorable, 12% unfavorable
It should be noted that Bob Wallace has released as poll that shows him only trailing by 8 points. A poll taken for Wallace’s campaign on Oct. 1 and 2 showed Scott with 43% to Wallace’s 35%, with 16% undecided. Republican Shannon Wright is also in the race. The poll of 380 likely voters, conducted by Burton Research & Strategies, had a 5-point margin of error.
While we can’t be totally sure of the state of the race, Brandon Scott has released a list of the nine leaders of his transition team:
- Mike Hankin, president and CEO of Brown Advisory, an investment firm, who has worked with an array of community groups and is associated with environmental justice causes.
- Ricarra Jones, political director of 1199 SEIU, the largest health care union in the country. Jones has been associated with fights to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 and bring earned sick leave to full-time employees. She serves on the boards of the MD/DC AFL-CIO, Baltimore Women United and the Baltimore City Branch of the NAACP.
- State Sen. Cory V. McCray (D), who represents the 45th District in East Baltimore and is one of Scott’s closest friends and advisers. A former member of the House of Delegates, McCray is a lifelong member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
- Wes Moore, author and CEO of Robin Hood, the anti-poverty organization. A military veteran, Moore was also the founder and CEO at BridgeEdU, a tech platform based in Baltimore addressing college completion and job placement issues.
- Cassie Motz, executive director of the CollegeBound Foundation. Motz served in several roles under former Gov. Martin J. O’Malley (D), including as deputy chief of staff, deputy legal counsel and interim director of the Governor’s Office for Children. She also served on the University System of Maryland Board of Regents in 2014 and 2015.
- Torrey Smith, retired football player. Smith is a former wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens who played college football at the University of Maryland. He and his wife Chanel founded the Torrey Smith Family Foundation, which focuses on at-risk youth with physical, educational and financial challenges, and to help victims of domestic violence.
- Danielle Torain, director of OSI-Baltimore. Torain previously worked in the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, where she led a citywide initiative to strengthen systems of support for incarcerated youth, and worked on local jobs programs with the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development. She was senior director of strategy and development at the Center for Urban Families, and spent four years at the Annie E. Casey Foundations’ Baltimore Civic Site.
- Alicia Wilson, vice president for economic development at Johns Hopkins University. Another longtime member of Scott’s kitchen cabinet, Wilson previously served as the senior vice president of impact investments and senior legal counsel for the Port Covington Development Team. Wilson also held a partnership position at the law firm of Gordon Feinblatt for eight years.
- Brittany Young, founder and CEO of B-360, which utilizes dirt bike culture to end the cycle of poverty, disrupt the prison pipeline, and build bridges in communities.