Baltimore’s Progressive, Black, Millennial Mayor Is Ready to Work

Brandon Scott is the city’s youngest mayor in more than a century

Michelle Legro
Momentum
Published in
1 min readDec 9, 2020

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Baltimore has just sworn in a new mayor—a progressive, Black millennial who wants to redefine the office. Thirty-six-year-old Brandon Scott is the city’s youngest mayor in more than a century.

It’s a powerful office—in the last decade, mayors have resigned in disgrace due to corruption charges—and Scott aims to curb much of that power. A member of the city council for the past nine years, Scott wants to strengthen social services and combat the long history of redlining in the city.

“Am I going to wipe away hundreds of years of inequity in Baltimore? No,” Scott said. “But someone has to be the person willing to put the bricks at the foundation of a better city.”

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Michelle Legro
Momentum

Deputy Editor, GEN. Previously an editor for Topic, Longreads, The New Republic, and Lapham’s Quarterly. gen.medium.com