RadioOnFire.com - Baltimore City Council members on Monday unanimously voted District 2 Councilman Brandon M. Scott to fill out Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young's term as council president.
Elected to the City Council in 2011, Scott will head the council until after the next election in 2020. In 2016, Scott was the running-mate of gubernatorial candidate Jim Shea.
Young took over as acting mayor when former Mayor Catherine Pugh went on a leave of absence last month, and then officially became mayor with her resignation last week. He has signaled an intent to run for his old job next year.
Scott thanked his colleagues and Council Vice President Sharon Green Middleton, who served as acting president after Young became acting mayor. He acknowledged the turmoil that precipitated the vote, and the serious issues facing the city.
"To the people of Baltimore, I never expected to be here but you have helped prepare this kid from Park Heights to be ready for the responsibility of this position," Scott said in a statement. "I do not take the honor of holding this important office lightly and you can rest assured that I will carry out my duties with the utmost integrity and respect for all."
After the vote, Young swore Scott in.