City Councilman Zeke Cohen announced his candidacy for Baltimore City Council President on Sunday, joining incumbent Nick Mosby on the ballot for the Democratic primary election in April 2024, Emily Opilo and Dan Belson report for the Baltimore Sun. Last week, Mosby announced that he would be seeking a second four-year term, which include responsibilities such as voting on and presiding over the council, heading the Board of Estimates, and serving as the temporary mayor if the mayor is absent.
Cohen and Mosby are the only two candidates to announce so far, though neither have officially filed the necessary paperwork. The filing deadline is Jan. 19, 2024.
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Cohen—who previously expressed an interest in running for city council president, including launching an exploratory committee earlier this year—has served as the councilman for Canton, Fells Point, and Highlandtown since 2016, and his legislative pursuits include strengthening lobbyist disclosures, creating an abortion fund, mandating gender-inclusive restrooms, and requiring training in trauma-informed care for all city officials.
Nick Mosby has served as city council president since 2020, though his term has been fraught with several investigations. These include a federal investigation into Mosby and his wife’s, former State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, financial dealings, though he has not yet been charged with any crime. The Baltimore Board of Ethics also found last year that Mosby violated city ethics laws when he indirectly solicited donations to a legal-defense fund, which he failed to disclose in his annual ethics filing.
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Cohen’s campaign has raised $372,351, according to its January report, with an additional $20,000 added to the balance during Sunday’s kickoff event, Cohen campaign manager Malcolm Bates said. Mosby has not raised any additional funds since he took office, and his January report shows just $14,539 in campaign funds.
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