2 front-runners face off in mayoral race

Posted at 12:03 PM, Apr 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-23 12:03:30-04

Baltimore residents will head to the polls just one day ahead of the anniversary of the worst riot the city has seen in more than 40 years.

The April 26 primary will help determine who will lead the city for the next four years.

Shortly after the 2015 unrest, Democratic Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake instituted a mandatory 10 p.m. curfew. Two months later, she announced she wouldn't seek re-election. The open race attracted a flood of hopefuls declaring their candidacy. Before the Feb. 5 deadline passed, 13 Democrats jumped into the primary.
The two most politically entrenched candidates have emerged as the front-runners: Sheila Dixon, who resigned as mayor in 2010 after being convicted of embezzlement stemming from stolen gift cards meant for poor children, and Catherine Pugh, who served on the City Council before being elected state senator.