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Baltimore City Council President Nick Mosby running for reelection

Mar 16, 2023

In the midst of his first term as Baltimore City Council president — which has seen him pitted against Mayor Brandon Scott, the Baltimore Board of Ethics and federal investigators — Nick Mosby said Wednesday he will seek reelection next year.
The Democrat, who has been at the helm of the City Council since December 2020, addressed his bid for another four years in office with little fanfare. Mosby’s spokeswoman, Monica Lewis, said Wednesday in a statement that Mosby will talk more about his reelection plans “at a later time.”
“For now, his focus remains on leading City Council, working with the Scott administration and showing up each and every day to support and serve the people of Baltimore,” she said.
Mosby’s campaign decision comes just ahead of a planned announcement Sunday by Councilman Zeke Cohen. The Democrat formed an exploratory committee in January to seek input about a possible run for council president. Cohen also has not ruled out a run for mayor. He had no comment Wednesday in response to Mosby’s announcement.
No candidates have filed with the Maryland Board of Elections to run for council president; the deadline is Jan. 19.
Speculation had grown about whether Mosby would run for office again, as his campaign coffers almost ran dry last year and because his wife, Democrat Marilyn Mosby, lost her 2022 reelection campaign as Baltimore state’s attorney. Nick Mosby’s most recent campaign finance report, filed in January, shows $14,539 in his campaign account.
As council president, Mosby is paid an annual salary of $135,093.
Cohen, by contrast, reported a $372,351 balance in his campaign account in January.
The council president, who previously served as a state delegate and a member of the City Council, has had a tumultuous first two years in office.
He and his wife faced a federal criminal investigation into their financial dealings. Nick Mosby has not been charged with anything, but Marilyn Mosby is charged with perjury and making false statements related to early withdrawals from her city retirement account and the purchase of two Florida houses. Her trial has been delayed until at least the fall.