A poll conducted for Baltimore City Council President Brandon M. Scott has him running competitively with Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young in several hypothetical Democratic primary scenarios.
The poll from last week, obtained by Maryland Matters, showed a pessimistic Baltimore City electorate that thinks the next mayor “should have an impeccable record of integrity.”
The April 2020 mayoral primary has not really begun to take shape. None of the potential leading candidates, including Young and Scott, has formally entered the race.
Young, the longtime City Council president who became mayor in May following the resignation of scandal-plagued mayor Catherine E. Pugh (D), has not yet said whether he’ll run for a full term in the top position at City Hall or seek to get his old job back. Scott, who ascended to the Council presidency earlier this summer after seven years representing East Baltimore on the Council, is seriously eyeing the mayoral race but has yet to announce his intentions. He could wind up seeking a full term as Council president.