Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

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Prior to taking this course, it was difficult for me to differentiate and define the distinct responsibilities and restraints among our federal and state governments, let alone the necessary role our local government plays in our daily lives. As a Baltimore city resident and an aspiring environmental politician, it became apparent that I should know the ins and outs of how my local government is managed. Thus, I decided to research someone I know very little about, the current mayor of Baltimore City, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Baltimore City is one of 19,429 municipal governments in the United States (2). A municipal government is one ran at the local level. In this type of governing system there are typically two forms, the mayor-city…show more content…
Her political ambitions initiated in 1992, when she attended Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. There, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Three years later, she earned her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Maryland School of Law. Her political career continued to excel, when at the age of 25, she became the youngest person ever to be elected to the Baltimore City Council. As a City Council member, she represented the City’s 5th District from 1995 to 2004 and the 6th District from 2004 to 2007. As a council member, she had legislative and adjudicatory duties and served on standing committees with hopes to mend communities throughout West and Northwest Baltimore. In January 2007, came one of her greatest accomplishments to date, when she was elected and served as Baltimore City Council President. As City Council President, her main duties included those parallel to those of the mayor. Some included supervising department heads, coordinating departments, setting the agenda, and gathering the support from fellow council members and the public on specific issues. While City Council President, her platform included improving education and reducing city crime. As a lifelong Baltimorean, Rawlings-Blake maintains that she has always sought out to better her…show more content…
Due to Dixon’s embezzlement scandal, and under the Baltimore City Charter, the City Council President advances to mayor if the mayor dies or resigns from office. During this time, Maryland and bordering states were facing the historic winter storm in which many coined “Snowmaggeden.” This severe blizzard was Rawlings-Blake’s first run-through as a leader. Before the storm began, she focused City agencies on ensuring the public’s safety. The Department of Transportation was called to keep roads clear, while police and fire departments deployed National Guard Humvees to ensure officers could reach all residents. As a result, every emergency call was answered. Moreover, the Maryland Transit Administration transported hundreds of residents in need of daily dialysis treatments to nearby hospitals, and 24-7 homeless shelters were made available, housing and serving food to thousands of residents in need. Lastly, by using automated phone calls and social medias like Facebook and Twitter, newly advanced Mayor Rawlings-Blake was able to keep residents aware and informed of the state’s wellbeing. By and large, residents were extremely pleased with the recently appointed mayor’s efforts and composure during such a

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