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Councilman Bill Henry says he will run for Comptroller

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Posted at 4:11 PM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-07 16:11:22-04

BALTIMORE — The current and upcoming shake ups on the Baltimore City Council continue as District 4 Councilman Bill Henry said he will not seek reelection for his current seat in 2020.

Instead he announced his intent to pursue the Baltimore City Comptroller’s office.

“I have said for some time now that my plans for 2020 did not involve running for re-election to my Council seat,” Henry said in a statement released to the media. “As many of you know I've been exploring a campaign for Baltimore City Comptroller. I will be officially launching my campaign on June 1. I look forward in the coming days and weeks to laying out a more accountable and transparent vision for how our City government can better serve the people, including through reforms and priorities I intend to pursue as the next Baltimore City Comptroller.”

The Office of the Comptroller is currently filled by Joan M. Pratt. Pratt said she intends to run for reelection.

The comptroller is one of three citywide elected offices in Baltimore. The position’s chief responsibility deals with oversight of the city’s finances. By edict of the Baltimore Charter, the Comptroller serves as a member of the Board of Estimates, a member of the Board of Finance, has a general supervision role in the Department of Audits and activities of the City Auditor, and is responsible for the conduct, management, and operation of the Department of Real Estate.