Sen. Catherine Pugh "looking at" mayoral run
State Sen. Catherine Pugh said today that she is "looking at" the possibility of running for mayor.
"I'm really concerned about the future of the city," said Pugh. "I'm concerned about the leadership. I'm concerned about the budget. I'm concerned about how lead paint settlements are being handled. And I don't think we've amply responded to the citizens of Baltimore about what you do with property taxes."
Pugh said that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's budget does not address the needs of young people.
"Recreation and job opportunities for young people have to be in the forefront," said Pugh. "How do we make our city more community driven and less developer driven?"
Pugh has become more vocal on city issues in recent weeks, criticizing the Housing Authority of Baltimore City for failing to pay more than $12 million in legal settlements to lead poisoning victims.
Pugh has served in the state senate since 2007 and chairs the Legislative Black Caucus. She was a member of the House of Delegates from 2005-2007 and represented West Baltimore on the City Council from 1999-2004.