While predominantly Black communities including Baltimore, Maryland, have been Democratic Party strongholds for decades, recent elections in that city signal a possible change.
Black Republican congressional nominee Kimberly Klacik decried the impact Democrats have had in the region following her win — along with four other Black Republicans — in the city’s recent primary races.
Klacik, a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, posted a picture of all five GOP nominees in a tweet asserting that the “media won’t cover” their historic victories.
“Flipping seats RED”
She hopes to defeat Kweisi Mfume, who is serving out the remainder of late Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings’ term.
“You are looking at the Republican candidates in the greater Baltimore area,” Klacik wrote. “We have officially joined forces. Flipping seats RED.”
The other candidates included in her tweet have made their own public statements as they each head toward a tough general election.
Christopher Anderson, a Baltimore native and U.S. Coast Guard veteran, tweeted that he wanted to “thank God and everyone who made it possible” after he emerged as the GOP nominee for a Baltimore City Council seat representing District 7.
“Proud of both cultures”
“A change is FINALLY gonna come” in Baltimore, declared financial planner Michelle Andrews, who won her primary race in a bid to represent District 6 on the council. She went on to congratulate the other primary winners.
Immigrant Eugene Boikai, a construction worker seeking a District 12 seat on the council, celebrated that he is “the FIRST African-born candidate to become the nominee of my party in the City of Baltimore,” adding that he was “born in Liberia but made in America … and proud of both cultures.”
Finally, defense investigator Maria Vismale is running to represent District 5 on the council and has vowed to “change the status quo” in the Democratic-run city with a focus on protecting the “most vulnerable” in the community.
While their primary victories are historic in their own right, each of these five Republicans must now square off against a Democratic rival in the upcoming general election.
It is now up to the voters in that city to determine whether they actually want a change to the “status quo” that has kept residents under virtual one-party control for generations.