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Shea and Scott Team Up To Bring Fresh Perspective To Maryland
BALTIMORE, MD (February 15, 2017) – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Shea announced on Thursday that Baltimore City Councilman Brandon Scott will be his running mate.
At the announcement at Old Line Spirits, located in Scott’s district, Shea praised Scott’s leadership in the community and on the Council. “Brandon’s energy, passion, and empathy are apparent to anyone who meets him, and he confronts tough problems head-on with courage and integrity,” Shea said. “There has been no better champion for Baltimore, and when he is Lt. Governor, he will be an even greater champion for all of Maryland.”
Councilman Scott, who is chair of the Council’s public safety committee, has dedicated his life to serving the community. He was a community organizer for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Maryland, before going to work for the City government as a community outreach and neighborhood liaison. He was first elected to the Council in 2011 and re-elected in 2016.
As Councilman, Scott has introduced innovative solutions to address crime in Baltimore in the short- and long-term, from investing in education and youth programs to treating gun violence as a public health issue. He has fought for transparency and accountability in the Baltimore City Police Department, as well as the entire City government by spearheading the successful open data legislation in 2016.
In his community, Scott has continually stood up for younger generations. He saved Furley Recreation Center from closure by finding a community partner to run it, and he piloted a mediation program in his district to foster dialogue between youth and police officers.
Scott, surrounded by family and supporters, echoed Shea’s commitment to problem-solving. “I’m running for Lt. Governor because our city and our state both need help. I think I can do more, and I’m excited to work with Jim Shea to bring a fresh perspective and new leadership to Maryland,” Scott remarked. “Jim and I have different backgrounds, but we share the ideal of confronting difficult problems and working toward solutions.”
Scott emphasized his excitement at the opportunity to expand his work beyond Baltimore, saying, “From Baltimore City to the Eastern Shore to Montgomery County, we all want the same things: a world-class education, good-paying jobs, and safe neighborhoods. Our vison is one of equity and inclusive growth. We need to grow our economy from the middle out. Jim Shea and I will strive to bring these opportunities to every corner of our great state.”
Both candidates expressed excitement to introduce their partnership to Marylanders across the state.
About Jim Shea and Councilman Brandon Scott
Jim Shea is the former Chair of the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland, the Empower Baltimore Management Corporation, and the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. He is also the former Chair of Venable LLP, the largest law firm in the state of Maryland.
Brandon Scott is a Baltimore City Councilmember and Chair of the Public Safety Committee. He has served as a community organizer with Big Brothers and Big Sisters and as a representative on the board of the CollegeBound Foundation. He attended Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School in Baltimore and St. Mary’s College of Maryland.