Baltimore fires up for midterm elections

As Baltimoreans head to the polls and cast their ballots today, many voters reflect on the change they hope to see this election cycle.


Raven Roberts

Baltimore voters are fired up around issues for this midterm election.

Raven Roberts, Staff Writer

Robbie Woodson has been posted outside her local voting center for most of the election day to encourage voters to vote “yes” on Question K, which proposes term limits for elected officials.

For the Baltimore voter, it is imperative that offices like the mayor, comptroller, council president and city council members have a cap on the number of terms they can serve so new people can have the chance to fill in those roles.

Question K is one of seven referendums in the city this election, and in both 2016 and 2020, voters approved every referendum on the ballot. 

Though the city remains largely split on the question, Woodson and many of her fellow voters are fired up around issues for this midterm election.

In addition to crucial issues like term limits, the development of public infrastructure, and local control over the Baltimore Police Department, this election is the first where Baltimore voters can elect the school board of commissioner members. 

In 2016 the Maryland General Assembly expanded the Baltimore City School Board from 10 to 12 seats, with two new members being elected from the city rather than appointed. 

Unlike the nine Governor and Mayor appointed members on the board who serve three-year terms and the student member who serves a one-year term, elected members will serve four-year terms. 

Salimah Ismail stood in front of the League voting center in Northeast Baltimore, urging Baltimoreans to vote for Salimah Jasani and Ashley Esposito for Baltimore City School Board. Ismail recently immigrated from Canada and is passionate about education reform. 

Jasani and Esposito are running together and are both endorsed by the Baltimore Teachers Union. Their priorities include free school-based wellness centers and nurses in every school and increasing teacher retention in the city.

“She [Jasani] really has a penchant for social justice, understanding equity, and understanding what it means to be inclusive and to accommodate all marginalized populations,” said Ismail. 

Also on the ballot for Board of Education At Large are April Christina Curley and Kwame Kenyatta-Bey, who both have teaching experience in Baltimore. 

In-person voting will end at 8 p.m. tonight, and all Mail-in ballots must be placed in a ballot drop box or postmarked by 8 p.m. as well. 

For any questions regarding voting or this election, visit the Maryland State Board of Elections website.