Today, I conclude my campaign the same way I began by saying—Thank you, Baltimore. Throughout this entire process I have made it clear that it is in God’s
hands and not solely in mine. I am at peace with the conclusion.
To my family, friends, and supporters I say: Thank you! I am thankful for all of you who have helped me along the way. We have all worked diligently in continuing
the fundamental tenets of the democratic process.
One of the best ways to measure the political future of a city is to take stock of its civic engagement. I believe we have a strong political future due primarily to the
energy I have witnessed in my campaign and others. To the many volunteers and staff of my campaign, I am proud of you and you too should be proud of
Baltimore, you should be proud. Every vote cast, whether for me or an opponent, was a vote for Baltimore.
I was asked if this was difficult. My first response was an absolute, yes. However, after giving it more thought and being truly aware of who I am and what I believe
my campaign stood for, a better answer is this: This is not difficult; this is simply a part of the journey. At the end of every completive journey worth pursuing there is a crossroads. One road is identified with a sign of victory and the other is a yield sign which signals us to yield to the successor. The latter leads us towards a victory sign within ourselves—a place that empowers and celebrates who we are regardless of the outcome.
I have watched members of my team grow. I have watched citizens across this great city get involved in ways they have never done before. Those are victories I
For those who questioned my intent when inquiring about the counting process, I would like to say my inquiry was not directed towards any individual, but towards
the current infrastructure in place. Questioning the process and its effectiveness is not the same as questioning the validity of a candidate’s results. We should all
have questions when there are real issues regarding the voting process. It is too serious of a right to take lightly.
Nevertheless, today, I yield. I formally concede and offer my sincerest congratulations to a young man who is a native of this city, a product of our public
schools, a young man I have watched grow in public service; a young man I have conversed with on many issues and one who has secured the mayoral democratic
nomination—Brandon M. Scott.
Please join me in offering an applause to his efforts. We are all in this together. With the current COVID-19 pandemic, protests for justice and equality, and a
presidential general election on the horizon—now is not the time for frivolous divisions, but for unity.
Baltimore, again, thank you and please know—we are our greatest when we are one.