What’s the job: Representing residents on the 15-member City Council, including introducing and voting on legislation, approving city spending and providing oversight of city operations. Council members are elected to four-year terms by district. The 9th District includes West Baltimore neighborhoods such as Carrollton Ridge, Franklintown, Harlem Park, New Southwest/Mount Clare and Poppleton.

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John T. Bullock (Taneen Momeni)

Name: John T. Bullock

Age: 45

Personal: Homeowner and father of two sons.

Education: Bachelor’s degree, political science, Hampton University; master’s degree, city and regional planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; doctorate degree, government and politics, University of Maryland, College Park.

Experience: Elected to Baltimore City Council in 2016 and reelected in 2020. Lecturer in urban politics and metropolitan studies at Towson University. Former neighborhood association president and nonprofit director.

Endorsements: Metropolitan Baltimore AFL-CIO, Sierra Club, AFSCME Maryland.

Notable donors: Sheriff Sam Cogen; state Sen. Marlon Amprey; Abell Foundation President Robert Embry; Alvin Hathaway; Baltimore firefighter union president Josh Fannon; businessman JP Grant; Caroline Hecker; Baltimore Elections Director Armstead Jones; MCB Property Services’ P. David Bramble; Whiting-Turner CEO Tim Regan; former Mayor Kurt Schmoke; developer Ernst Valery; Baltimore City Fire Fighters Local 734 PAC; 1199SEIU NYS PAC Fund; Citizens for Antonio Hayes; Friends of Mark Conway; Friends of James Torrence; Friends of Odette Ramos; Friends of Opel Jones; Friends of Phylicia Porter.


A: No. The disadvantage of reduced size would be less representation from members who are required to cover a much larger area. While our city’s population has decreased over recent years, the volume and complexity of concerns has increased in many ways.

A: I am proud to have sponsored and passed the funding mechanism for Baltimore’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund. These resources can be targeted toward affordable rental and homeownership options. Also, inclusionary units in newly constructed projects play a significant role in providing supply. The council must continue to support policies that pursue equitable development without displacement. We must work with developers to ensure the creation of both market-rate and subsidized housing units.

A: Baltimore should employ all available options for acquisition and disposition, including tools such as in rem foreclosure and fixed pricing. The city must continue utilizing state and local resources for demolition to clear neighborhoods of dangerous eyesores. We also need to heighten code enforcement for abandoned and nuisance properties that also attract illegal dumping and trash. Additionally, the receivership process could be tweaked along with streamlining inspections and permitting to make it easier to rehabilitate vacant houses.

A: Yes. Plans to build this mixed-use community reflect a more vibrant future and catalyst for growth. Given that the residential market drives and supports retail, an emphasis on local merchants is especially critical.

A: A bill to change to the residential conversion process would be forthcoming. While I am proud to have introduced and passed over a dozen such bills, Baltimore’s system is out of step with most jurisdictions. Undoubtedly neighborhood input must be included, but we need a system that is more efficient and equitable.

A: No. The proposed immediate cut would have a drastic and negative impact on service delivery.

A: As a Lecturer at Towson University, I teach two classes — Urban Government & Politics and Metropolitan Studies.

A: The Youth Commission could be elevated and expanded in scope to propel a pipeline of new leadership. We could also work more to promote youth driven projects in our city’s neighborhoods.

A: I am a homeowner and father raising two children here. I love Baltimore and want to see our city reach its full potential. This drives a determination to create a better environment for my sons and their future. The goal in continuing service on the City Council is to provide leadership that articulates community interests while creating effective public policy to move our neighborhoods and Baltimore City forward.

Sonia G. Eaddy (Taneen Momeni)

Name: Sonia G. Eaddy

Age: 60

Personal: Married with five children, thirteen grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Education: Graduate of Carver Vocational Technical High School; bachelor’s degree, theology. Participated in leadership training with Neighborhood Leadership Institute for community organizing and equitable development.

Experience: Operated local convenience markets and food service businesses. With my husband I own rental properties and manage real estate assets. I have been an organizer for over 20 years through my neighborhood association, helping to empower homeowners to fight against displacement and to fight equitable development. Led the charge to fight for the reopening of community rec center, which had been closed for over twenty years.

Endorsements: None.

Notable donors: None.

Name: Matthew K. Johnson

Did not respond to biographical questions or candidate questionnaire.

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Name: Venroy July

Age: 41

Personal: Has a 4-month-old daughter, Emani July, with partner Emmanuela Mathurin.

Education: Bachelor’s degree, political science and economics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; graduate of Duke University School of Law.

Experience: Partner at Dickinson Wright PLLC in the Corporate and Finance Group. Previously at Miles & Stockbridge P.C., Hogan Lovells US LLP, and Dickstein Shapiro PLLC.

Endorsements: None.

Notable donors: None.


A: I do not. In districts such as District 9 that have not received much attention, consolidating the districts could only serve to exacerbate the situation and the potential for the concerns of the residents to be lost.

A: In Baltimore in particular, we should consider allowing market forces to dictate some aspects of affordability. Rather than requirements regarding percentage of affordability, we should increase incentives for development of affordable housing and change the narrative around the possibility of ownership in Baltimore.

A: Baltimore should utilize the vacant properties to partner with community associations to facilitate not only training of contractors, but to provide incentives to address vacancies and affordability as compared to other housing in the region.

A: As I do not understand all of the economic factors that went into the determination by the developer, I do trust that the developer has good intentions for the city and a vision for where the city is going.

A: All building permits for significant development in communities should first be presented to the community for consideration for a set period.

A: No. I do believe that the property taxes have to be reduced but I do believe that this will occur after attracting new residents rather than vice versa.

A: I do plan to continue my day job, which I believe actually inures to the benefit of the constituents of the 9th.

A: By providing incentives for living in the city and helping to finance projects that will serve to attract younger people.

A: I believe that over the years I have had a practical approach to development in the city while also being concerned with protecting the interests of legacy residents. I believe that the combination of business acumen and concern about community will serve to benefit the residents of the 9th.