The Baltimore City Council elected Brandon Scott to become the next council president.
All 14 council members voted for Scott on Monday night, eight were needed to win.
Scott fills the vacancy left by Jack Young, who became Mayor after Catherine Pugh resigned from office.
He will sit in this role until the 2020 election.
Scott released a statement, saying:
“I’m deeply honored and humbled by the confidence you have placed in me to lead this body. Before I go any further, I would like for my colleagues and all of Baltimore to join me in thanking Council Vice President (Sharon Green) Middleton for exemplifying grace and diligence as she carried out the duties of council president this last month. I have appreciated having a great relationship with you since my days as a neighborhood liaison and look forward to continuing to do so in your role as council vice president.
“Together, we have a lot of work to do to get Baltimore moving in the right direction by working to break the choke-hold that the disease of gun violence has on our neighborhoods, improving our schools, and bringing accountability and leadership back to City Hall.
“To the people of Baltimore, I never expected to be here but you have helped prepare this kid from Park Heights to be ready for the responsibility of this position. I do not take the honor of holding this important office lightly and you can rest assured that I will carry out my duties with the utmost integrity and respect for all.
“We’ve had some dark days, however, the passion and hope of all of us working together, will continue to lift us into the light. We will never quit even in the face of tremendous pressure and seemingly insurmountable odds. I hope that you will continue to keep me and the city in prayer as we work towards better days.”
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