The Baltimore City Council may be touted as a more progressive body than its predecessors, but from a gender perspective it is predominantly male. While that imbalance seems far from changing in the near future, one of the few women with a seat on the city’s legislative body is contemplating a move up.
Councilwoman Shannon Sneed confirmed to The AFRO that she is in the process of exploring a run for office of council president, a move that could propel an already rising star on the council to a city-wide perch.
“I think the people of Baltimore are ready for leadership that’s focused on rooting out corruption and fighting for policies that protect hard working families across the city,” Sneed said in a written statement provided to The AFRO.
“Right now, my focus is on improving the lives of the residents of District 13, but I am considering a run for city council president.”
Sneed’s potential elevation to council president’s office would mark a fast rise for the first term councilwoman.
Sneed first ran for the 13th district seat, which includes East Baltimore, in 2011. After a narrow loss by just 43 votes, to then incumbent Warren Branch, Sneed ran again and won in 2016.
Since then Sneed has been a vocal and active presence on the council. She has been an outspoken advocate for police reform, introducing legislation that bans the practice of forcing police brutality victims to sign gag orders in exchange for settlements.
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Source: Black Press USA