‘In Their Words’ Election Series

In Their Words

The Greater Baltimore Committee encourages all businesses and residents in the City of Baltimore to engage in this transformative city government election and to take the time to get to know the candidates.

While the GBC does not endorse candidates, we take seriously our role in communicating policy priorities and educating Baltimore residents and businesses on where the leading candidates stand on key issues. Earlier this year, the GBC sent questionnaires to the candidates for Mayor and City Council President.

In this weekly series, we are sharing candidate positions with you “in their words.” Each week leading up to the primary election we will provide you with the candidate responses to a specific policy priority. The “In Their Words…” weekly series features candidate responses for Mayor followed by those running for City Council President.

See past “In Their Words” here:

Question: Baltimore City is at a crossroads and in need of strong, ethical leadership. Why are you the best candidate to lead the City into a new decade and chapter?

April 1, 2020 — Mayoral Candidates
Read the responses.

April 3, 2020 — City Council President Candidates
Read the responses.


Question: What are three actions that you would take in your first year to improve public safety?

April 8, 2020 — Mayoral Candidates
Read the responses.

Question: What legislative actions, if any, would you propose as City Council President to reduce crime and improve public safety in the City?

April 10, 2020 — City Council President Candidates
Read the responses.


Question: Currently, 0.2% of the City’s budget is dedicated to workforce development. What is your position for funding workforce training and adult education programs to reduce unemployment and adequately prepare City residents for jobs in high-demand industries?

April 15, 2020 — Mayoral Candidates
Read the responses.

April 17, 2020 — City Council President Candidates
Read the responses.


Question: What are three things you would do to improve transportation and mobility in the City?

April 22, 2020 — Mayoral Candidates
Read the responses.

Question: What is your position on transportation policy and funding in the City? What, if any, policy priorities do you have regarding transportation and mobility?

April 24, 2020 — City Council President Candidates
Read the responses. 


Question: Do you have ideas or suggestions to reform the property tax structure in the City?

April 29, 2020 — Mayoral Candidates
Read the responses. 

May 1, 2020 — City Council President Candidates
Read the responses.


Questions: What strategies or programs would you put into place to encourage businesses and residents to move to Baltimore City?

What strategies or programs would you put into place to encourage existing businesses and residents to stay and expand in Baltimore City?

May 6, 2020 — Mayoral Candidates
Read the responses.

Question: What are your top three priorities or programs to grow Baltimore’s tax base?

May 8, 2020 — City Council President Candidates
Read the responses. 


Question: What are three actions that you would take to improve transparency and efficiency in City government?

May 13, 2020 — Mayoral Candidates
Read the responses.

Question: What are three actions that you would take to improve transparency and efficiency in the City Council operations and across City government as a whole?

May 15, 2020 — City Council President Candidates
Read the responses.


Question: As Mayor, what steps would you take to improve coordination across federal, state, and local criminal justice agencies and with the Judiciary?

May 20, 2020 — Mayoral Candidates
Read the responses.

Question: How would you allocate City budget dollars to crime reduction and public safety efforts? Please be specific regarding funding levels and programs compared to the current budget?

May 22, 2020 — City Council President Candidates
Read the responses.


We encourage you to view the GBC’s policy priorities and the responses to the candidate questionnaires.

The GBC urges all city residents to vote in the June 2 primary election.

To subscribe to the “In Their Words” email newsletter, which goes out on Wednesdays and Fridays, email zoea@gbc.org.

See the candidate questionnaires here.

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