Baltimore City Council

Train derailment prompts push for safety study

Jun 14, 2016
Rachel Baye

After a CSX train carrying Acetone, a chemical used in paint thinner, derailed Monday morning, activists renewed calls for Baltimore officials to study the risks of oil trains traveling through the city.

The bill requiring the studies has been in a City Council committee since it was introduced in January.

A non-grudge grudge match in the 13th

Apr 22, 2016
P. Kenneth Burns

  Councilman Warren Branch barely held on to his seat representing the 13th district on the Baltimore City Council in 2011.  He won the Democratic primary that year by 43 votes. Shannon Sneed, who would later mount a write-in campaign in the general election, came that close to defeating the incumbent. And she’s back.

Tony Glover, who came in a distant third in the Democratic primary five years ago, is also running again, as is Ronald Owens-Bey, who ran as a Libertarian in 2011.

Charter amendment vetoes: To override or not?

Apr 20, 2016


Fraser Smith and Andy Green, of the Baltimore Sun's editorial board, talk about Charter amendments the City Council has sent to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake that she has threatened to veto. Green says he hopes the council won't override at least one of those vetoes.

Costello challenged from south and west in 11th

Apr 13, 2016
P. Kenneth Burns

  Baltimore City Councilman Eric Costello is running for his own term on the council and is facing a number of challengers.

He has represented the district since October 2014 when he was chosen to succeed Bill Cole, who was appointed head of the Baltimore Development Corporation by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

Welch under fire in challenged ninth district

Apr 7, 2016
Trevor Holman


William “Pete” Welch has represented the 9th district, which includes West and Southwest Baltimore, on the city council since January 2011.  He was appointed to finish the term of his mother, Agnes Welch, who retired in December 2010 after nearly three decades.

Two challengers – John Bullock and Jerrell Bratcher – accuse Welch of not doing enough for the district.  There are three other challengers in the April 26 Democratic Primary; Nathaniel Anderson, J.B. Kenney and Shawn Key.

Three challenge one in Baltimore’s Fourth

Mar 30, 2016
P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

Criticized for not doing enough to bring disparate communities together and for ignoring constituents, incumbent Fourth District City Councilman Bill Henry is facing three challengers in the Democratic primary.

Citizen Trueheart challenges President Young

Mar 23, 2016
P. Kenneth Burns

Bernard “Jack” Young was made Baltimore City Council President by his colleagues in 2010 when then-President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake became the mayor.  Winning his own term in a landslide the following year, Young is running for re-election.

City Council: A change is gonna come

Mar 18, 2016
P. Kenneth Burns

One thing is for certain in the 2016 City Council election; there will be at least six new members after it’s all said and done.

A Historic Override

Feb 26, 2016


Fraser Smith and Kenneth Burns, of the WYPR news team, talk about the first City Council override of a mayoral veto in three decades.

Turning Over The City Council

Jan 8, 2016


Senior News Analyst Fraser Smith and Luke Broadwater, of the Baltimore Sun, talk about upcoming city elections and the possibility of large scale turnover on the City Council.