Dixon fund-raiser draws 250 to Inner Harbor cruise ship

She doesn't rule out possible run for mayor

October 31, 2001|By Caitlin Francke | Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF

About 250 people came to a $100-a-head fund-raiser for City Council President Sheila Dixon last night aboard an Inner Harbor cruise ship.

Dixon campaign officials did not know exactly how much the event on the Bay Lady raised, but said that more than 500 tickets were sold before the party, and several people paid at the door.

The crowd, which nibbled on quiche and roast beef, included contractors, developers and business leaders as well as council members and state legislators.

Dixon said yesterday that her fund-raiser - which occurred nearly two years into her five-year term - is not an indication that she is seeking higher office.

But she would not rule out a run for mayor, saying that she was waiting to see whether Mayor Martin O'Malley chooses to run for another office.

"Who knows what's next," Dixon told the crowd. And then, smiling, she added, "I think I could do an excellent job as mayor. I told Martin that."

Last night's fund-raiser was Dixon's first significant push to raise money since she was sworn in December 1999 as the first black woman to lead the City Council. She holds an annual prayer breakfast, which carries a smaller ticket price.

The West Baltimore Democrat had about $29,000 in campaign funds as of Nov. 28, the most recent report, election board records show.

Last night, Ronald Lipscomb, president of Doracon Contracting, said he supported Dixon because she is "honest."

"You see that she stands for something ... and she is going to tell the truth," Lipscomb said.

Others at the event included James R. "Ron" DeJuliis, business manager of Local 37, Union of Operating Engineers, and Arnold Jolivet, president of the Minority Contractors Association for Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Jolivet said Dixon has helped encourage entrepreneurship among minorities and women.

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