Sneed concedes in Baltimore City Council race
The Sun's Luke Broadwater reports:
Shannon Sneed, the television producer who finished just 43 votes short of unseating Councilman Warren Branch in Baltimore City Council District 13, posted a concession message on her campaign Facebook page Thursday and pledged to continue her activist work in East Baltimore.
"We have come to the end of a long journey. I am thankful for the opportunity I had to get to know many of the great residents of District 13. I would also like to thank my husband, family, friends, and neighbors who dedicated so much time in this campaign. Though I was not selected to be the next council member, I will still be working tirelessly in our community. I would like to congratulate our councilman on his race and I know if he succeeds then our community succeeds."
In an interview earlier this week, Branch, the brother of Del. Talmadge Branch (D-Baltimore), claimed victory in a race that was too close to call for more than a week. He praised Sneed's campaign as "wonderful."
"She put on a positive campaign. There was no innuendo and slander," Branch said.
Sneed, who has worked for WJZ-13, has not responded to calls and emails seeking comment.
About 4,500 votes were cast in the district's five-person primary race.
The Baltimore City Board of Elections expects to certify the election results this afternoon, officials there said.