Roundtable: Freshman City Council Members Ramos, Conway & Porter
Today on Midday, it’s Midday on Politics, with a focus on local government. Tom's guests today are three members of the Baltimore City Council: Phylicia Porter lives in Pigtown and represents the 10th district. Odette Ramos lives in Charles Village and represents the 14th District. Mark Conway lives in North Guilford and represents the 4th District.
They were all elected in 2020. They are part of a group of five freshman lawmakers who have been in office about 10 months. In 2016, the Council had eight new members. Two of them, Shannon Sneed and Leon Pinkett, chose not to run for re-election to their council seats, choosing instead to run in the primary for City Council President. Nick Mosby won that election. He is serving in that position for the first time. Comptroller Bill Henry and Mayor Brandon Scott were also elected to their offices for the first time.
All of which is to say that of the 17 public officials elected to run City Hall, only two, Council Vice President Sharon Green Middleton and 11th district Councilman Eric Costello have served more than one term. Some would say that this infusion of new people brings fresh perspectives and new ideas to city government. Others worry that lack of experience in elective office might impede efforts to govern effectively.
We welcome listener comments and questions for our three Council members.
In her response to a question about help for residents struggling to pay their energy, water and rent bills during these difficult times, Councilwoman Ramos gave the phone number to reach the Baltimore City Community Action Partnership, a service of the City's Office of Children and Family Success. That number is 410-396-5555. Visit their Website here.