Sneed plans kick-off event for City Council write-in campaign

Another District 13 challenger throws support behind Sneed

October 05, 2011|By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun

District 13 City Council challenger Shannon Sneed plans to kick off her write-in campaign next week, her campaign said Wednesday.

A political newcomer, Sneed lost narrowly to incumbent City Councilman Warren Branch in the September Democratic primary.

"I simply went out and talked to the voters," Sneed said in a statement Wednesday about her 43-vote loss to Branch. "I knocked on almost every door in the district, and I listened to citizens' concerns. I think my message of a cleaner, safer East Baltimore with a responsive city councilperson really resonated with people. It explains a lot of the success of the campaign."

Sneed's campaign noted that Branch received 39 percent of the vote in the five-person primary. Another candidate from that race, Antonio Glover, has said he will be supporting Sneed's write-in campaign.

Sneed, 30, a former television news assignment editor from East Baltimore, initially posted a message on her campaign website congratulating Branch on the primary victory.

"I know if he succeeds then our community succeeds," the message stated.

Upon learning of the write-in campaign, Branch pledged to campaign hard to keep the seat.

"Once she lost the primary, I thought she wanted to reach out and work along with me," he said. "It's part of the democratic process. It's not over until November."

Long-time political observers say they've never heard of a successful write-in campaign in Baltimore.

"I certainly wouldn't want the first to be on my watch," Branch said. "We never want to take anything for granted."

Sneed's write-in campaign kick-off is scheduled for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at The Door, 219 N. Chester Street.

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