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Conaway loses City Council seat in an upset

Primary election defeat is part of power shift in city government

September 14, 2011|By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun

"Usually the mayor and the president work pretty closely together," said Crenson. "If he does, in fact, challenge her, it could be serious trouble. The City Council president is sort of the floor manager for legislation, putting together a majority of support. If you want to get bills passed, you don't want to be an antagonist of the mayor."

Scott, winner of the District 2 Democratic primary and a protege of Rawlings-Blake who previously worked for the mayor's Office of Neighborhoods and for Rawlings-Blake when she was council president, played down any potential clashes. Scott said he counts both Young and the mayor as mentors.

"They can be at odds, and guess what, I can be odds with both of them," said Scott, 27. "It won't be awkward for me."

The council president, who won 75 percent of the primary vote in his first citywide election, said he's ready to work with all of council members, whether they're supporters of the mayor or not. He said there's no lingering animosity.

"Anybody who knows me knows I don't hold grudges," said Young. "I'm looking forward to a whole new working relationship with the mayor, and I'm pretty sure she's looking forward to it too."

Nonetheless, he added: "We're not going to be a rubber stamp for the mayor."

"There's going to be some things that we're going to agree on and some that we're not," he said. "I'm looking for a cordial relationship with the administration because the ultimate thing is doing the work and the will of the people that we serve."


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