On Tuesday Baltimore missed out on a chance to elect as mayor a man of the people.
Famous Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson finished in sixth place on Tuesday in Baltimore’s Democratic mayoral primary.
Mckesson was the last to join the dense democratic field of fourteen candidates in February after gaining prominence in the wake of protests that rocked the city following police murder of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African-American man.
The 21st century civil rights activist came into the mayoral race with a political platform that promises grass-root transformation and challenges “traditional politicians,” with whom the city’s resident were enraged and frustrated.
The seasoned voice of younger voters’ dissatisfaction and proud son of Baltimore walked away with just 3,077 votes – or 2 percent of the vote on Tuesday night.
Despite losing the race, Mckesson is grateful to his supporters and proud of the campaign his team had run.
“Thank you to all of the supporters, voters & donors who contributed to my campaign. In 83 days, we changed the landscape of the race.”
“While I will not be the next Mayor of Baltimore, the ideas & platform our campaign introduced will influence the next administration.”
With his youthful exuberance, vision of economic and social equity and drive for political changes, Mckesson is a gem that Baltimore residents would soon wish they had elected.
One would only have thought that at last Baltimore had found a person to lead the way in bringing changes which city deserves.
However, it is a pity that Baltimore voters have chosen to stick once again with the political status-quo that has failed the city and done nothing significant to address the issues that matter most to the resident.
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