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Sheila Dixon expected to join 2020 Baltimore Mayor's race

Posted at 9:05 AM, Dec 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-12 09:18:14-05

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon is planning to make a Saturday announcement regarding the 2020 Mayoral race.

Dixon will speak at 11:15 a.m., during a winter clothing drive at the Ruth M. Kirk Rec Center at 122 N. Vincent Road in Baltimore.

The event is called Cocoa, Coffee and a Winter Clothing Drive. Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring new hats, gloves, scarves and socks to donate to Baltimore families in need.

From 2007 through February 2010, Dixon served as Baltimore's 48th Mayor. She resigned after being indicted and convicted of embezzling hundreds of dollars of gift cards.

In 2015, Dixon decided to run for Mayor a second time, but narrowly lost to Catherine Pugh in the Democratic primary race. Pugh eventually became Mayor in 2016 and resigned following the Healthy Holly book scandal which led to her pleading guilty to federal tax evasion and wire fraud charges.

Dixon would join an already crowded Democratic primary race for Mayor which includes current Mayor Jack Young, City Council President Brandon Scott, Former Deputy Maryland Attorney General and Former Baltimore State's Attorney Candidate Thiru Vignarajah, and former Baltimore City Police and Baltimore County spokesman T.J. Smith.

Other Democrats registered to run in the primary include Carmichael Stokey Cannady, Lou Catelli, Michael Douglas Jenson, Ralph E. Johnson, James Hugh Jones II, Yolanda Pulley, Dante C. Swinton, Rikki Vaughn, Frederick Ware-Newsome, Mary Washington, and Lynn Sherwood Harris.