Activist @Deray Mckesson is running for mayor of Baltimore

From Twitter trending topic to mayoral candidate.

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In yet another sign of social media's growing impact on the world, one of the most well-known figures of the #BlackLivesMatter movement is running for political office. Deray Mckesson (@Deray) filed just ahead of tonight's deadline to join the Democratic primary for Baltimore's mayoral race. According to the Baltimore Sun, there are 28 people currently registered to run including 13 Democrats, with a deadline of Friday to withdraw from consideration. Former mayor Sheila Dixon is reportedly leading the crowded field, and it remains to be seen how far the combination of activism and significant Twitter/Instagram following can take a political outsider in the race.

In the last couple of years, Mckesson has been active in protests against police brutality in both Ferguson, Mo and Baltimore. Since then he's been a part of Campaign Zero, an organization focusing on ending violence by police, and has met with presidential candidates on the campaign trail. In an essay posted to Medium, he says he's running for office to "usher Baltimore into a new era where our government is accountable to its people and aggressively innovative in how it identifies and solves problems."
I Am Running for Mayor of Baltimore
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