BALTIMORE (WMAR) — Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young announced today that he will be running for re-election in 2020 at an Official Campaign Kickoff on Saturday.
During a program that included a marching band and well-wishes from passing vehicles honking their horns in support, Mayor Young outlined his vision for a better Baltimore and detailed his experience as a legislator and community organizer.
At the event, Young received an official endorsement from United States Senator Chris Van Hollen.
Chris Van Hollen said, "We need a plan and Jack Young has brought people together to make that plan."
"This is a great city and our best days are ahead of us and that's why we need Jack Young for mayor." remarked Senator Van Hollen in his official endorsement for Young 2020.
Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Delegate Regina Boyce and Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke were also in attendance.
“I would trust Jack Young with my life because he is a man of integrity,” said Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman.
Mary Pat Clarke calls Young "an important transitional mayor for our renaissance future."
Young became Mayor of Baltimore in April 2, 2019 preceded by Former Mayor Catherine Pugh.
Young served from 2010 to 2019 as the President of the Baltimore City Council, and for 14 years prior as a District Councilman.
Jack Young prompted a moment of silence honoring late Congressman Elijah Cummings calling him "a chairman and greatest champion of Baltimore" while promising to continue his legacy.
In his official announcement for 2020 Jack Young said, "I was the first city-wide Official to prompt the Department of Justice to launch an investigation into police misconduct."
"Together we'll work to make Baltimore one of America's safest cities. We can all reduce crime in Baltimore City." said Young.
Young remarked, "I promise to be Baltimore's biggest champion for children, families and elders."
Young covered topics including illegal dumping, fixing Baltimore roads, outfitting police with body cameras, re-enrolling high school dropouts and decreasing opioid related deaths.
"I promise to work with each of you to move Baltimore forward." finished Young.