Baltimore is, and has always been, a city of promise and possibility. If we are to reach that promise and possibility we cannot rely on traditional pathways to politics and the traditional politicians who walk those paths. We have seen and lived through enough lofty promises and vague plans. We must demand more from our leaders and local government.

I am running to be the 50th Mayor of Baltimore in order to usher our city into an era where the government is accountable to its people and is aggressively innovative in how it identifies and solves its problems.

Join me as we build a Baltimore where more and more people will live, work, and thrive.

Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Rachel Johns endorsed

    “Deray is an advocate for all people. He is sincere in his belief that all underprivileged and disenfranchised people will some day win. In the meantime we can all live vicariously through him. Baltimore deserves the best and I believe Deray can be just that!”

  • Jeannie Hartley endorsed

    “Deray McKesson is one of the most brilliant, dedicated, honest and innovative leaders of this generation. He is an extraordinary teacher and will be a powerful, positive and effective Mayor for Baltimore. Deray has a remarkable ability to look at social injustice and determine the much needed practical solutions to so many social inequities plaguing our society today. Deray backs up his words with his actions. This is an imperative quality for any politician to truly serve the people he represents and is crucial to effecting constructive, sustainable and enduring change. I am so grateful to Deray for all he has and continues to teach all of us. I wish I lived in Baltimore so I could vote for him. I can't say enough good things about this incredible leader. I have no doubt that Deray will do outstanding work for Baltimore as Mayor.”

  • Martín Perna endorsed

    “I endorse DeRay Mckesson because I trust his experience and his heart.”

  • Yahya E. B. Henry endorsed

    “I met DeRay on my visit to Ferguson during the 2014 uprising. I knew he was a special guy but didn't realize just how special until I saw the work he was doing. He's a one-of-a-kind leader that possesses a rare quality to bring out the best in people - or said another way, he creates a space where others feel they have a voice that should be heard. I respect and support his decision to run for public office. It goes without saying that if I were a Baltimore resident, he'd have my vote. I'll continue to protest along side you my friend. YEBH”

  • Mechelle Kerns endorsed

    “Baltimore needs a young, energetic, tech-savvy leader that the residents oF Baltimore can identify with and the youth of the City can look up to. DeRay's community based improvement ideas can bring the City back to greatness for all who live and work in Charm City.”

  • Nancy E Stein endorsed

    “We need movement folks to move into politics especially local. Movements should grow from the bottom up, it is closer to the people and more representative. Mr. McKesson is the personification of what future US leaders should be.”

  • Asia Huggins endorsed

    “DeRay is a leading force in the fight for equality, progress, and change. He is the epitome of a warrior! Vote DeRay!”

  • A'sia Bakhit endorsed

    “Baltimore needs someone who cares about the real issues this city battles with.”

  • Catherine endorsed

    “I endorse DeRay because he's strong and principled and I think my friends in Baltimore will be safer with him as mayor.”

  • Chris Copland endorsed

    “I endorse DeRay McKesson bc he has experience inside + outside of public institutions, and has vision and perspective to create a more equitable gov for Bmore. #vote #deray”

March 15, 2016

What your contribution means

You often hear about the impact of money in politics and the need for campaign finance reform. I knew these were important issues -- but I didn't really understand the urgency until I started to run for office myself. When you make a contribution to our campaign, you're helping our campaign not just with financial support -- you're also making a contribution so that I can spend more time speaking with voters, walking Baltimore's neighborhoods, going to church, and talking about what I will do as mayor. Tonight at midnight is our first big deadline -- we'll file a fundraising report that will send a message about the strength of our campaign. And I want everyone watching to know that you're with me again. You've already contributed, and I'm so thankful for that. I want to ask you again before tonight's deadline: Please make one more contribution to our campaign now before tonight's midnight fundraising deadline. https://www.crowdpac.com/campaigns/1577/support-deray-mckesson-for-baltimore-md-mayor-primary?ref_code=crowdpac160315-1 Thanks for being a part of this, - DeRay

March 14, 2016

Tuesday's deadline

One of the things I'm most proud of since announcing that I was running for Mayor of Baltimore is how many people have stepped up to be a part of this campaign. So far more than 3,600 people have made a contribution, at an average online contribution of about $50 a piece. That's real power. Tuesday night is the most important deadline of our campaign so far. We're going to have to file a report that shows how much we've raised as of 11:59pm that night. The number we report will be a message that our campaign's ideas are backed by real folks who want to see Baltimore recover. Please help our campaign before Tuesday's midnight deadline with a contribution now: https://www.crowdpac.com/campaigns/1577/support-deray-mckesson-for-baltimore-md-mayor-primary?ref_code=crowdpac160314_am1 What I hope to show by our first big deadline is that our ideas -- safe schools, community investment, and innovative leadership -- are backed by a huge number of people, and that together we can win this election. I would be honored if I could count on you before this huge deadline Tuesday night. Chip in here: https://www.crowdpac.com/campaigns/1577/support-deray-mckesson-for-baltimore-md-mayor-primary?ref_code=crowdpac160314_am1 Thanks for being a part of this, - DeRay

February 3, 2016

Campaign created!

Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Rachel Johns endorsed

    “Deray is an advocate for all people. He is sincere in his belief that all underprivileged and disenfranchised people will some day win. In the meantime we can all live vicariously through him. Baltimore deserves the best and I believe Deray can be just that!”

  • Jeannie Hartley endorsed

    “Deray McKesson is one of the most brilliant, dedicated, honest and innovative leaders of this generation. He is an extraordinary teacher and will be a powerful, positive and effective Mayor for Baltimore. Deray has a remarkable ability to look at social injustice and determine the much needed practical solutions to so many social inequities plaguing our society today. Deray backs up his words with his actions. This is an imperative quality for any politician to truly serve the people he represents and is crucial to effecting constructive, sustainable and enduring change. I am so grateful to Deray for all he has and continues to teach all of us. I wish I lived in Baltimore so I could vote for him. I can't say enough good things about this incredible leader. I have no doubt that Deray will do outstanding work for Baltimore as Mayor.”

  • Daphne Marchal-franssens endorsed

  • Martín Perna endorsed

    “I endorse DeRay Mckesson because I trust his experience and his heart.”

  • Yahya E. B. Henry endorsed

    “I met DeRay on my visit to Ferguson during the 2014 uprising. I knew he was a special guy but didn't realize just how special until I saw the work he was doing. He's a one-of-a-kind leader that possesses a rare quality to bring out the best in people - or said another way, he creates a space where others feel they have a voice that should be heard. I respect and support his decision to run for public office. It goes without saying that if I were a Baltimore resident, he'd have my vote. I'll continue to protest along side you my friend. YEBH”

  • Mechelle Kerns endorsed

    “Baltimore needs a young, energetic, tech-savvy leader that the residents oF Baltimore can identify with and the youth of the City can look up to. DeRay's community based improvement ideas can bring the City back to greatness for all who live and work in Charm City.”

  • Nancy E Stein endorsed

    “We need movement folks to move into politics especially local. Movements should grow from the bottom up, it is closer to the people and more representative. Mr. McKesson is the personification of what future US leaders should be.”

  • Asia Huggins endorsed

    “DeRay is a leading force in the fight for equality, progress, and change. He is the epitome of a warrior! Vote DeRay!”

  • A'sia Bakhit endorsed

    “Baltimore needs someone who cares about the real issues this city battles with.”

  • Sanders Democrats endorsed

  • Catherine endorsed

    “I endorse DeRay because he's strong and principled and I think my friends in Baltimore will be safer with him as mayor.”

  • Chris Copland endorsed

    “I endorse DeRay McKesson bc he has experience inside + outside of public institutions, and has vision and perspective to create a more equitable gov for Bmore. #vote #deray”

  • Eric C. Stroker endorsed

    “DeRay is a voice for the unheard, and a fighter for everyone. Change starts today. Vote DeRay. A champion for the people and our future.”

  • Julie endorsed

    “I Endorse DeRay McKesson because Baltimore needs a mayor who is honest, compassionate and intelligent...that person is DeRay McKesson, a man who truly loves Baltimore and can help bring our communities and races together as one...the way it should be!!! Thank you DeRay for stepping forward for the good of Baltimore!!! I know you are the canidate who would not allow "issues" to be swept under the rug!!! To me, DeRay McKesson is the obvious and only choice!!!!”

  • Sincere Kirabo endorsed

    “He will expand the conversation and scope of policies considered/implement in beneficial ways for Baltimore.”

  • Rosetta Hamilton endorsed

    “Because he's for the peoples, and not just the Rich, who want to run the City, plus, he will make city worker responsible for harm done to citizens.”

  • Komecius endorsed

    “I endorse Deray because he stands up for justice in a time where injustice has become the status quo.”

  • Michael S endorsed

    “I endorse DeRay because I believe in his vision for the future. We need leaders like DeRay. Please join me in making his voice heard far and wide!”

  • Vic endorsed

    “I endorse Deray because Love is the why.”

  • B Gaertner endorsed

    “his platform is right on target.”

  • Kashay H endorsed

    “I endorse DeRay because I believe in his vision of a better Baltimore!”

  • J Christian Riva endorsed

    “Coolest politician/blue vest ever”

  • Ify Walker endorsed

    “DeRay represents a refusal to wait on the wings of inevitability; freedom for our children must come NOW.”

  • BaltimoreGal endorsed

    “I endorse Deray Mckesson because I believe he has the strength and vision needed to lead Baltimore in a new direction. His national connections, joined with deep roots here in the city, can bring us sustained attention for the right reasons and help our city move far beyond the current status quo.”

  • Osei endorsed

    “DeRay has shown how much he cares about Baltimore. He has an honest plan for the future of the city and I see great things happening with him as Mayor. This is why I endorse DeRay.”

  • Joy Nolan endorsed

    “Because Deray bring much-needed positive energy and ideas to the problems our society faces. He is the change he wants to see, and we need people like that in office. Go, Deray.”

  • Manijeh Mahmoodzadeh endorsed

    “As a developmental psychologist, I endorse DeRay Mckesson because his education platform (expanded pre-K; literacy-rich environments; financing of higher education for low-income students; effective community college systems) aligns with what we KNOW helps communities to thrive.”

  • Kevin Chestnut endorsed

    “I endorse DeRay because he is sharp, articulate, and community minded. I've joined him in the streets to end police brutality, seen him do training, and know his commitment.”

  • Morgan D endorsed

    “I endorse DeRay Mckesson for Mayor of Baltimore all the way from New York. This is because I know getting activists and true people for the people in office will help spread a new, safer, and more progressive form of government throughout the entire nation.”

  • Katherine Clark endorsed

    “I endorse DeRay Mckesson because when I was 5 years old I drove through Baltimore and felt sad because the POC neighborhoods looked so neglected and dangerous. I endorse DeRay Mckesson because the city of Baltimore should be one of advancement of all peoples, not the agendas of trendy gentrification and police brutality on its POC citizens. I endorse him because this world needs civil rights activists in office so REAL change can be seen, not just dreamed of.”