Why you should support this campaign

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.

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  • 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.”

  • 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.”

Mar 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
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Mar 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
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Feb 3 2016

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

  • 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.”

  • 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.”

  • 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”

  • 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!”

  • 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”

  • Komecius endorsed

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

  • 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.”

  • Omari Aarons endorsed

    “I believe in change and I believe in the system of government we have. I fully acknowledge that our governing system fails us in many places, particularly for people who look like me. And while I respect and understand the place that protest has in our society yesterday, today and tomorrow, I strongly believe working within and being part of the system is critical to real change. My generation is often criticized for its apathy toward political engagement beyond Twitter ‪#‎hashtags‬. I'm excited to support a millennial whose intellect and passion is unrivaled in his thought leadership and advocacy. McKesson for Mayor!”

  • Jj Concepts endorsed

    “I endorse DeRay based on his commitment to help people, especially, those oppressed and/or voiceless and he provides this help unconditionally. His love for others is unequalled. My personal experience with DeRay and others who decided to create the change that government didnt acknowledge was to demand this change in communities around the country. DeRay is a vital component to making these changes. He continues to work, tirelessly, to implement same changes nationally by bringing them before Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Attorney General Loretta Lynch. He brings hope to a seemingly hopeless situation, refuses to accept no by "constructing" workable solutions which everyone can agree. A truly remarkable person!”

  • Keta Hodgson endorsed

    “DeRay is a thoughtful, well-spoken person who wants what is best for all of the people of his hometown, not just those who are well-connected. He'll be an awesome mayor!”

  • jon k endorsed

    “It is refreshing to see someone jump into the fray and really deliver on their rhetoric, not just get into politics because they thought they'd be good at politics.”

  • Danielle Johnston endorsed

  • Lamin Swann endorsed

    “Deray is one of "leaders the new school," I see him bringing effective though unconventional change & leadership to the table for Baltimore.”

  • Corey S. endorsed

    “Eloquent, passionate, and committed, Deray McKesson is the leader we need in Baltimore.”

  • SmartPolitics endorsed

    “When I heard about DeRay getting on the ballot, it made me smile. The fact that he made the effort to get on the ballot tells me his conviction and goals are what we all should embrace.”

  • Kathlynn Lewis endorsed

    “Exactly the kind of political change this country needs.”

  • GOPSPN2 endorsed

    “DeRay McKesson is the epitome of measured and fair. He is not the monster that racists make him out to be. I trust that as mayor of Baltimore, he will correct the city's corrupt policing practices, work to rebuild water infrastructure to prevent further lead poisoning for its citizens, and generally ensure an environment of racial justice and equality. I challenge you to find someone more uniquely suited to the challenges Baltimore faces than DeRay McKesson”

  • judith mcdougal endorsed

    “I saw DeRay on the Daily Show--Wow! Glad he is entering the political arena. Today's racial divide won't be solved by civil rights legislatio, as in the '60's, but by local action”

  • Sharvéy Smith endorsed

    “I endorse Deray because he is a Baltimore native, who understands the needs of my hometown. He has my support from South Florida.”

  • Naomi C endorsed

    “I may live far away from Baltimore but I want change everywhere in the US. I know DeRay is the best candidate for all the working people in Baltimore. I know what it's like to always get the same type of people in office. Best of luck from Nebraska!!”

  • Katie Williams, M.Ed endorsed

    “Exactly the type of change Baltimore (and the country at large) will benefit from!”

  • Frank Ligtvoet endorsed

    “He is not a career politician, who went through the 'sanitizing' motions of politics as usual, but a man who knows what he wants for the community and - as his story and activism show - can deliver against all odds”

  • Lil Miss Carpe Diem✨ endorsed

    “I endorse DeRay because he isn't for himself, he is for the people. He is for equality, justice, accountability, everything that we've seen politicians preach but forget when it's time to stand and deliver. Mckesson has PROVEN himself time, and time again what his intentions are. I, Kamilah Badiane, endorse this man as Mayor of Baltimore!”

  • Donald Sturge McKenzie II endorsed

    “He's a genius speaker and throughly dedicated to the upward advancement of African Americans in the USA and thus by extension, African Americans in the world.”

  • Brian Keisling endorsed

    “I will be moving to Baltimore this summer to become an English teacher. I want to live in a community run by someone who I know will always act in the best interest of the people. I support DeRay because he believes in and fights for a better future for all of us.”

  • T ☭ endorsed

    “We need someone like DeRay to take charge in positions like this! Not in it for the money, or the status but doing it for the people of Baltimore. He's not a politician, he's a man who's proven how much he cares for those around him and will do a wonderful job. Best of luck.”

  • @stubbscrew endorsed

    “I've been witnessing Deray's passion for justice & community since the #Ferguson hashtag. I've seen him travel from city to city, & across the country, providing ground support to those in crises, while challenging the systemic causes of the crises. Deray is clearly in tune with the heartbeat of those hurting, and understands the depth of infrastructure that needs changing. Love and support from Seattle!”

  • Jonathan Friedman endorsed

  • Mike Moloney endorsed

    “Good luck Deray. Can't wait to see the positive change you create in Baltimore.”

  • Peter Davenport endorsed

    “DeRay Mckesson will bring the right changes to Baltimore and invest in public good.”

  • Left To Progress endorsed

    “We need more people in public office who fight for issues that effect ALL Americans.”

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  • Jesse Cathan Thomas endorsed

    “Let's go, DeRay! Good luck. You have my support all the way.”

  • Daniel Carson endorsed

    “I'm so excited to support DeRay's candidacy for Mayor. I can't wait to see the passion he brings for his city, and the change he will champion.”