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More Baltimore women running for City Council, mirroring national trend: ‘We can’t go backward’

February 12, 2020 (Baltimore Sun) –The national wave of women running for public office following President Donald Trump’s election has hit Baltimore with almost 20 women running for City Council in the city’s Democratic primary, waging campaigns in a majority of districts.       Now, people are watching to see if the momentum that helped flip control of the U.S. House of Representatives to Democrats in 2018 reaches into Baltimore’s April 28 election.  Read more.

Daughter of former Baltimore City Councilman killed in robbery runs for his old seat in the 4th District

November 18, 2019

(Baltimore Sun) — Nicole Harris-Crest grew up waving her dad’s campaign signs. As early as middle school, she was knocking on doors for then-City Councilman Kenneth Harris.

Decades later, she’s decided to run for his old 4th District seat in North and Northeast Baltimore. Harris-Crest, 34, said she was inspired by the legacy her father left before he was fatally shot in 2008 during a robbery outside a jazz club. Read more



Nicole Harris-Crest Announces Campaign for Baltimore City’s 4th District Council Seat

Nov. 13, 2019 — Nicole Harris-Crest, an attorney and strong advocate for improved education and public safety, tonight announced her candidacy to represent the 4th District on the Baltimore City Council. Declaring, “Our Future Starts Today,” Harris-Crest, 34, said her decision to run for the seat once held by her father, the late  Kenneth N. Harris, Sr., was based on the need to solve the city’s ongoing struggles. “Baltimore was once known as Charm City, but today we face a failing school system, high crime rates and neighborhoods in need of revitalization,” she said. “With a sense of urgency, we need to arrive at solutions that yield real results. I’m convinced we can get it done.” The Baltimore City native is currently chief of external affairs in the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, a position that has enabled her to build strong community partnerships and coalitions, which she believes are critical elements to return Baltimore to its Charm City status. “There is strength in partnerships,” Harris-Crest said. “As a member of the City Council, I will build strong partnerships with grassroots organizations and the police department so people feel safe in their own communities.” Harris-Crest is also the former executive director to the Maryland Alliance of Public Charter Schools. In that role, she pushed for increased funding for city schools and analyzed the budget to hold the school system accountable. Harris-Crest lives in the Pen Lucy neighborhood of northeast Baltimore with her husband and two children.