T.J. Smith, the former Baltimore Police Department spokesman, is Tom’s guest today -- part of our Conversations With the Candidates series. He is one of 19 announced Democratic candidates running for Baltimore mayor.
Mr. Smith joined the police department with the arrival of Commissioner Kevin Davis and served as the chief of communications from 2015 until 2018. After leaving the Police Department, Mr. Smith served as Press Secretary and Communications Advisor to Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Jr.
Mr. Smith lives in Northwest Baltimore. He grew up in the Dolfield neighborhood, and attended Poly High School before graduating from Woodlawn.
He holds two master’s degrees — one in Strategic Communication from Washington State University and another in Management and Leadership from Johns Hopkins University, where he also earned his undergraduate degree.
He is 42 years old and the father of a young son. If elected Mayor, Mr. Smith says that he will change what he calls the culture of gun violence in our city — with a crime plan that he says will make a difference on Day One.
We livestreamed this conversation on the WYPR Facebook page. Click here to watch.
A reminder to voters: Candidates running to fill Maryland's vacant 7th District congressional seat will be speaking on the issues at a public forum this Sunday, January 26, from 2-4pm, at the Dar Al Taqwa Mosque in Ellicott City. Just nine days remain before the Tuesday, February 4th special primary election. The candidate forum is co-sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Dar Al Taqwa, and the United Maryland Muslim Council (UMMC). The Dar Al Taqwa Mosque is located at 10740 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, Md. 21042. For more information, contact CAIR’s Director of Maryland Outreach, Zainab Chaudry at 410-971-6062, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org