Catherine Pugh Defeats Sheila Dixon in Democratic Primary of Baltimore Mayor’s Race

State Sen. Catherine E. Pugh narrowly defeated former Mayor Sheila Dixon in the crowded Democratic primary for Baltimore mayor — a race many called the most important in a generation with the city still recovering from the rioting of last April.

Pugh, who had twice been a runner-up in citywide races, raised her profile during the unrest that engulfed Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. She spent days and nights at the corner of Pennsylvania and North avenues, where looting and arson broke out, trying to calm the tensions between protesters and police.

“Nobody gave this campaign a chance,” Pugh said to a cheering crowd at the Harbor Hotel in downtown Baltimore. “We couldn’t even get a campaign manager until February 1.”

Dixon conceded the race soon after Pugh claimed victory.