DeRay Mckesson’s Mayoral Campaign Is Mostly Supported By The Youth & Tech Donators
DeRay McKesson’s campaign for mayor of Baltimore is going strong when it comes to the sought-after support from the youth.
In a report by BuzzFeed News, more than half of the donations the mayoral candidate and activist have received (60 percent) are from Baltimore voters under the age of 34 and first-time donators to a political campaign. Half of the contributions were $200 or less, with 15 percent of donators consisting of teachers and students.
More than likely, voters feel a special connection to the 30-year-old thanks to his activism in and out of social media related to the Black Lives Matter movement. In addition to his previous teaching experience, McKesson has taken a grassroots approach to his campaign, with plans to focus on housing, education and crime prevention strategies to reduce crime in the city.
So far, McKesson has reached his fundraising goal of $250,000.
“When it comes to fundraising I’ve made a choice — one that is important to me even if it means that I’ll be at a financial disadvantage relative to my peers,” Mckesson tells BuzzFeed News.
“Instead of seeking donations from the typical special interests that dominate Baltimore elections year after year, I’ll be raising funds from folks inside and outside of Baltimore that share my commitment to a Baltimore where every student learns in a safe environment, where folks can get a job and support their family, and where all neighborhoods are safe.”
Not all his supporters are from the middle class. McKesson has been backed by tech giants. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Twitter’s executive chairman Omid Kordestani donated $6,000 respectfully to the campaign. Slack founder Stewart Butterfield also donated an unknown amount to Mckesson’s mayoral race.
With Baltimore’s Democratic primary weeks away (April 26) McKesson is still behind in the polls.
The Baltimore Sun reported earlier this month State Sen. Catherine E. Pugh and former Mayor Sheila Dixon have the most favorable votes (26 percent) in an OpinionWorks poll. State District Attorney Marylin Mosby’s husband City Councilman Nick J. Mosby has six percent with McKesson tied with engineer Calvin Young III with less than one percent of favorable votes. Steve Raabe, president of OpinionWorks believes the race is fluid since voters are constantly changing their perspectives on the issues at hand.
A quarter of Democrats questioned in the poll are currently undecided. When asked if they had to fully support a candidate, half stated they have no problems changing their support to another candidate.