Democratic Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Friday that she would not be running for reelection after months of criticism of her handling of the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.
“Every moment that I spend planning for a campaign or re-election was time that I was taking away from my current responsibilities to the city that I love,” she said.
“It’s not that I didn’t think I could win, I just knew — I had to ask myself the question at what cost and at this time. I believe I could have won because there’s no other candidate who could demonstrate what I have done, or what more they could do to make this city better. But I knew that the next fifteen months had to be about more than that.”
Rawlings-Blake denied the decision had anything to do with the criticism of her handling of the Baltimore riots and the city’s skyrocketing murder rate. Rawlings-Blake was criticized during the riots for, among other things, saying Baltimore police needed to give space to “those who wished to destroy.”
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