Sheila Dixon Inaugurated as Mayor of Baltimore



After the resignation of Martin O’Malley to assume the office of Governor of Maryland, Sheila Dixon, President of the Baltimore City Council, assumed the office of Mayor according to statute.  She becomes Baltimore’s first female Mayor. In her Inaugural Address, Mayor Dixon alluded to the contracting scandal investigation surrounding her and defined herself to the people of Baltimore,  “… after nearly 20 years of public service, with some successes and some failures, I want you to know that I am much more than a newspaper headline or a sound bite on the evening news.

I am a former teacher. I am former international trade specialist. I am a proud parent. I am a working mother. I am an advocate for families and neighborhoods. I am a dedicated public servant. I will be a mayor who solves problems. A mayor you can believe in. A mayor you can be proud of.”

She begins her tenure as Mayor with 9 months in which to make a definitive mark before she faces the electorate for a term in her own right.  She faces formidible rivals in Comptroller Joan Pratt, Delegate Jill Carter, Baltimore Clerk Frank Conaway, Sr. and Mitchell dynasty scion, Concilman Keiffer Mitchell, Jr.  Kweisi Mfume’s name has been bandied about, but having worked for his Council Campaigns and his campaign for Congress twenty years ago, he will not run against her.  He owes her too much.

I believe that she will ultimately dodge the ethical bullet of the contracting investigation, but will continue to take a hit politically as a result of the unfavorable scrutiny.  The last Council President in her position failed to gain the confidence of the electorate and it ushered in the election of Martin O’Malley.  This time will be different.  She has picked a solid group of Department heads to help her guide the city in the interim.  At this stage of the game, I believe that she can win election in her own right, but time will tell.

8 thoughts on “Sheila Dixon Inaugurated as Mayor of Baltimore

  1. I’m from Baltimore, and she’s such a staple to the city that I can’t see her succeeding later in an election. Ever since I was a kid, she’s been around, she’s advocated, she’s simply worked her ass off to keep Baltimore moving at times it’s been barely alive. Plus, she was instrumental in helping O’Malley push some of his programs through the city council.

    I’m hoping the local media will let this contracting program kerfluffle blow over, especially after the dismissed charges — I’ve never heard her name in the media so much, independent of any city initiatives, and that attention does worry me.

  2. While, like many of you, I respect Sheila Dixon for all that she has accomplished personally, this mayoral race has to be about more than just personalities. For those of you who live in Baltimore, you know that we are facing some very grave issues (i.e. abysmal public school system, perennial 250+ homicide rate, gentrification, youth violence, and unemployment). It is my hope that voters would peer beyond personality and seek out candidates that have a sound plan of action that will turn Baltimore around for the masses and not just for certain segments of our society. (i.e. developers, business groups, etc.)

    What worries me about Dixon is that she (and the City Council) has aligned herself dangerously close to Governor Martin O’Malley. She’s been criticized as being one who didn’t have the backbone to stand up to him making the City Council a rubber stamp for his initiatives. Now, she has publicly stated that she will continue the O’Malley legacy in Baltimore and has even hired some of his former staff members for her cabinet. This may alienate her from those voters in the city who resented O’Malley’s rise to the mayor’s seat in the first place and who vehemently disagreed with his politics.

  3. Jerome

    She is a crying shame. A disgrace to everything she claims to represent. Why are more democrats not angry with this? Why have we come to expect this from our liberal politicians? WHY ARE MORE PEOPLE NOT OUTRAGED?

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