BALTIMORE — In February 2010, then Mayor Sheila Dixon was forced to step aside, elevating the Baltimore City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to mayor.
Since then, Dixon has shown interest in reclaiming her old seat, but in 2020...she says, she simply doesn't know yet.
When asked about rumors of her name being floated for a run at the city's top administrative post, Dixon was noncommittal, focusing instead on what was currently happening.
“Right now, I think the focus is on getting this city moving and addressing whatever challenges that she has,” Dixon said, “I don't believe right now it is appropriate for me to talk about what my possible ambitions are.“
There’s been much speculation about a 2020 run for former #Baltimore mayor @SheilaDixonBalt but she says no decision yet. Instead she is offering ex offio mayor @prezjackyoung whatever he needs. @WMAR2News pic.twitter.com/ccSTSHnGvz— Brian Kuebler (@BrianKuebler_) April 3, 2019
Dixon would not answer the question directly saying no decision has been made.
Instead she says she is offering her support to the acting Mayor Jack Young; there is much work to do she says.
“There are many things that need to be done from trash being picked up to transportation issues to crime, and he has the ability to keep things moving until we know what the destination is or what is going to happen here in the city,” Dixon said.
There are not many who know that destination better than Sheila Dixon.
She was target of a state prosecutor probe herself in 2009; the former mayor went to trial, was convicted of a misdemeanor for embezzlement, and forced from office.
She says she knows exactly where Pugh must be right now.
“All I can say is that, it is a process and a challenge that I don’t want to see anybody go through, and right now, I can feel the pain that she must be feeling, and I don't wish this on anyone, and that's why, I think right now, her health is first and foremost,” Dixon said.
Dixon said she has called Jack Young and offered her help.
In the immediate interim, though, Dixon said, it is imperative the city moves forward.