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Jack Young to join crowded 2020 race for Mayor

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Posted at 1:38 PM, Oct 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-22 14:03:50-04

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — Baltimore City Mayor Jack Young says he's officially entering the 2020 race for Mayor.

Previously, Young said he had no plans to run for Mayor. As time went on, Young slowly started changing his mind and began considering a run.

Young stepped in as Ex-Officio Mayor in April while then Mayor Catherine Pugh took a leave of absence amid the Healthy Holly book scandal.

On May 2, Pugh resigned and Young became permanent Mayor after being sworn in a week later.

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He now joins a crowded field of Democratic candidates that includes current City Council President Brandon Scott and former Maryland Deputy Attorney General Thiru Vignarajah.

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

One Democratic candidate, Lynn Sherwood Harris, has already withdrawn.

Vignarajah was the first Democrat to announce his candidacy, but like Scott he has not yet officially registered to run.

Catalina Byrd, William G Herd, David Anthony Wiggins, and Shannon Wright have filed to run as a Republicans.

Young is expected to make an official announcement on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Y Knot Lot at Station North at 1904 N. Charles Street.