Photo: Dixon helping to serve the Latino community off of Hollins Ferry Rd. The Latino community in Baltimore has grown tremendously in recent years and has expanded far beyond the Patterson Park/Broadway area of Southeast Baltimore.
By Doni Glover, Publisher
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(BALTIMORE – June 1, 2020) – I thought this day would never come. We are on the precipice of the single-most important election in Baltimore City in 20 years, easily. Tomorrow’s election will separate the men from the boys, the weak from the strong, the “Real McCoy” from the pretenders. We have heard their presentations. We have seen their commercials.
More importantly, at least to me, we have also had the opportunity to witness first-hand what a leader does in a crisis.
With the original election date being April 28th, the entire world has changed because of COVID-19. This, of course, includes the changing of the election date to June 2nd.
What occurred in that additional time frame told us everything we need to know in order to make an informed decision on who is best qualified to run this city.
Specifically, the Mayor’s race is front and center on my radar.
In that extra 35 days, I personally witnessed how a champion responds. For one, who was the first to coordinate food drops around the City of Baltimore with the Maryland Food Bank? Unless I missed something – and if I did, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org – Sheila Dixon was the first.
Who first began doing LIVE bi-weekly video streams via Facebook with spectacular guests like former Baltimore City Health Commissioner now Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, M.D., to discuss how to navigate COVID-19? Ummm, Sheila Dixon.
Who was the first to be out there delivering food to the needy and partnering with local restaurants and nonprofits – personally handing out food to Baltimoreans? Dixon!
Who was the first mayoral candidate to bring Baltimore’s millennial voices to the forefront using her multimedia platforms to hear their concerns as working parents now forced to perform home schooling? Uhhh, that was Sheila Dixon, too.
This woman has had every single political brick in the world thrown at her, and yet – every single time – she bounces back like a rubber ball.
For her true supporters, including the 51,716 that wrote-in her name in the 2016 General Election, Sheila Dixon has stayed true to form. She has led the way, even in the midst of COVID. She has answered every challenge, attended every debate including the ones with right-winged Fox, continued to show newcomers how to make definitive decisions in the midst of chaos, and has even implemented 21st century technology to do so. Further, she continued to get financial support from the everyday citizens of this city.
She’s received widespread support across the spectrum – from the Jewish community, the Muslim community, the preachers, the teachers and the single mothers, too. From Locust Point to Fells Point to Liberty Heights and Edmondson Village – she’s answered every call and she’s done so with style and grace.
Early on, I made a prediction: Dixon by 15 points. And that still stands. Sure, the mainstream polls have this race much tighter. However, at the end of the day, none of these challengers have what Dixon has: Her own demographic. The other candidates have to eat off of each other. Three of them have never even held office before. That’s not very promising given the Baltimore voter is much keener than given credit.