Billing herself as a public servant and not a politician, Elizabeth Embry today became the 11th person to announce their candidacy for mayor in the 2016 Democratic primary.
In a series of tweets accompanying her announcement in front of City College, her high school alma mater, the 38-year-old lawyer said, “Because I am not a politician, you may not know my name yet; you may not know my story yet; but you will.”
As the former deputy state’s attorney under Gregg Bernstein, she focused her comments today on crime, vowing to “break the vicious cycles of violence and retaliation that have crippled our communities because the bloodshed in Baltimore must end. As a leader and proven manager, I will invest in infrastructure, attract jobs and grow businesses, and get our workforce moving again.”
In addition to working for two former Baltimore state’s attorneys (Patricia Jessamy and Bernstein), Embry has served as acting director of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, assistant solicitor at the Baltimore Law Department, and special assistant to the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.
She is currently chief of the criminal division under Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh.
It was Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s announcement two months ago that she would not seek re-election that helped kick off the stampede of candidates vying for her job.
At present the list of Democratic Party hopefuls includes former Mayor Shelia Dixon, City Councilman Nick Mosby, City Councilman Carl Stokes, State Sen. Catherine Pugh, and venture capitalist David Warnock.
Also Richard Black, Mack Clifton, Joshua Harris, Mike Maraziti and Calvin Young III have filed as Democrats. Brian Charles Vaeth has filed as a Republican.
The primary will be held on April 26, 2016.
A resident of Waverly, Embry is the daughter of a prominent local family. Her father, Robert C. Embry Jr., is president of the Abell Foundation and has previously served on the City Council and as housing commissioner under Mayor William Donald Schaefer.
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