Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has had a remarkable political career – rising from the youngest person ever to be elected to the Baltimore City Council to become mayor, one of the most difficult elected offices in America.
What people need to appreciate is that the mayor of a big complex city like Baltimore is perhaps the toughest job in America. As someone who has served in elected office I appreciate the demands – physical, mental, and emotional – imposed on one in political life. It takes a tremendous amount of commitment, dedication and loyalty not just to do the job of governing but to serve the many diverse constituencies effectively.
Mayor Rawlings-Blake navigated Baltimore through some tough fiscal times as well as the city’s recent difficult periods of unrest.
Her decision not to run was no doubt a difficult one. But it does allow her to focus on making the correct policy decisions confronting the city and not have the air of political expediency hanging over her every decision leading up to the election date. She is a dedicated public servant and I’m sure she will give the city 100 percent going forward.
The GBC looks forward to working with the Mayor to improve the City during her remaining tenure in office.
Donald C. Fry is president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee.