Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby, the husband of Marilyn Mosby, the Baltimore State Attorney who is overseeing the prosecution of the six officers charged with Freddie Gray’s death, announced his mayoral bid at a local press conference yesterday.
“I have a question for each and every one of you,” he said during his speech. “Are we willing to fight for a better Baltimore? Are we willing to fight against poverty, against illiteracy? Are we ready to fight to provide a world-class education for every single child in this city?”
Speaking to a crowd of 350 voters, Mosby outlined his campaign platforms, vowing to fight crime, reduce homelessness and improve the city’s schools. Mosby also announced intentions to equip every police officer with a body camera.
“Collectively, we can change every block, every corner, every neighborhood,” he said. “I need your help starting today.”
Shortly after Gray’s death, Mosby made headlines when he told Fox News reporters that the city’s rampant riots were a result of a system that has failed and repressed “urban America.”
The announcement has many wondering about the conflict of interest factor since should Nick Mosby win, he would have authority over the $38 million budget of his wife’s office and her more than 300 employees. He would be responsible for balancing the funding of her initiatives as Baltimore State’s Attorney with other city priorities, such as police, education and economic development. “There are some who like the symbolism of a Baltimore power couple,” local talk radio host Farajii Muhammad told The Baltimore Sun. “But other people are going to be very concerned. People will always have to wonder about the decisions they’re making.”
Marilyn hasn’t yet commented on her husband’s mayoral announcement.