About Mayor-Elect Brandon M. Scott

Committed to Equity and Excellence

Brandon M. Scott is the Mayor-Elect of Baltimore and currently serves as Baltimore City Council President. Growing up in Park Heights, Brandon watched as gun violence and drugs tore his city and friendships apart. His mother told him that if he wanted change, he had to do it himself, so Brandon stepped up to serve his community on the City Council. He ran for mayor because the status quo just won’t work. He is fighting to end gun violence, restore the public’s trust in government, and change Baltimore for the better.

 

Brandon was unanimously elected President of the Baltimore City Council by his colleagues in May 2019. Previously, he served on the City Council representing Baltimore's 2nd District. He was first elected in 2011 at the age of 27 and is one of the youngest people ever elected to the Baltimore City Council.

During his first term, Brandon emerged as a leading voice in reducing violence in Baltimore and reinstated Council Oversight of BPD by holding quarterly hearings. He believes that reducing violence will require a holistic, all-hands-on-deck approach, one that recognizes violence is fundamentally a public health issue. Brandon led legislative initiatives that created extensive crime data sharing and online reporting of crimes by the Baltimore Police Department. In 2016, Brandon introduced and passed legislation creating an open data policy in Baltimore. 


In early 2018, then-Councilman Scott introduced and passed monumental legislation on equity in Baltimore. His equity assessment program law will require all city agencies to operate through a lens of equity and require all operating budgets, capital budgets and proposed legislation to be weighed through an equity lens. That legislation is in the early stages of implementation. 

 

Brandon is seen as a rising star in politics. He is a member of the Young Elected Officials Network and serves as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for YEO’s America’s Cabinet. He also serves as the Chair of the National League of Cities Large Cities Council.

Brandon is a community leader, public servant and lifelong resident of Baltimore City. As a proud Baltimorean, Brandon is a graduate of MERVO High School and St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He lives in Baltimore’s Frankford neighborhood.

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