The voters have spoken. Politician Brandon Scott won his mayoral bid on Tuesday (Nov. 3) becoming the youngest mayor (in more than a century), and youngest Black mayor, to hold office in the city.
“I see this as the opportunity for rebirth,” Scott, 36, told Baltimore’s WBAL-TV 11 News following the big win. “The rebirth is going to come when we all have to work together each and every day and do that tough work to make Baltimore a better place.
“I am not the savior,” he continued. “We have to work together as a city unified to make Baltimore better. One person cannot fix things. [These] problems have existed longer than I been alive.”
@CouncilPresBMS addresses the crowd after receiving the concession call from Bob Wallace in the race for #BaltimoreMayor. Click link for full video. #Election2020 #BaltimoreCityVoteshttps://t.co/xkzI2Lvv2p pic.twitter.com/Bd1YgzeWIT
— FOX Baltimore (@FOXBaltimore) November 4, 2020
Nabbing just over 71% of the vote, Scott bested opponent Bob Wallace who trailed with 20.11%. Wallace called Brandon to concede late Tuesday.
The historic election follows the resignation of former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh who stepped down last year amid a book scandal. Jack Young took over as an interim mayor.
Taking to Twitter on Wednesday (Nov. 4), Scott thanked everyone who helped secure the win. “I’m proud, energized and humbled by your [belief] in me and what we can accomplish together,” he tweeted. “We could not have made it without your support.”
From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank everyone who made calls, sent texts, put up signs & shared information with friends/family. I’m proud, energized and humbled by your belief in me and what we can accomplish together. We could not have made it here without your support. pic.twitter.com/VvSHCLpAmc
— Brandon M. Scott (@CouncilPresBMS) November 4, 2020
Scott, who is currently Baltimore’s City Council President, called winning the election “the honor of a lifetime,” and vowed to lead fellow Baltimore residents in embarking on a “new way forward for our city.”