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.
"I Am Running for Mayor of Baltimore" https://t.co/tYQ58AOXYp— deray mckesson (@deray) February 4, 2016
Filing deadline surprise: @deray files to run for mayor of Baltimore pic.twitter.com/J1ABRGjSau— Luke Broadwater (@lukebroadwater) February 4, 2016