For One Baltimore Mayor
The candidate with the knowledge, the will, and the experience to bring people together to create ONE Baltimore – a city that serves all residents.
An Advocate for Cities
Not content to just write about the challenges facing cities, Sean is a twice-elected public official. As a member of the Ipswich, Massachusetts School Committee from 2008 – 2014, Sean served as liaison with parents of children with disabilities, was involved in contract negotiations, and was a leader with three board members in voting to support the break-up of a 1650 land trust that became an investment trust. The controversial vote was covered by the Wall Street Journal and other media groups. The end result: an investment trust was established, which is now valued at $30 million, providing close to $1 million a year to the schools of Ipswich.
A Great Communicator
Throughout his life, Sean has been a writer and communicator of topics that matter: a freelance reporter for publications including The Boston Globe; and one of the first producer/hosts of a cable TV talk show, “The Third Age,” in Columbia, South Carolina, which focused on political, cultural, and economic issues facing older Americans.
Sean is the author of two well-received books; and a researcher for two other bestsellers. He wrote about the issues facing expectant fathers, including being allowed into the delivery room, at the time when this was a rarity. One of his Glamour Magazine reports was featured on The Today Show. And in the early years of the AIDs crisis, Sean collaborated on a book focused on educating young people about healthy sexual relationships.
Sean’s communication skills served him well in the corporate world, where he crafted speeches on topics ranging from reinventing cities to cyber-security, to business innovation, for CEOs and senior leaders at three Fortune 100 companies, including Digital Equipment Corporation, with a 12-year stint as an IBM speechwriter. There he led the communications efforts for IBM’s Global Public Sector focused on worldwide Smarter Planet and Smarter Cities initiatives.
A Focus on Education
Sean’s interest in education goes back to his time as a Christian Brother clergyman in the 1960s, when he helped found Hudson Catholic High School in Jersey City, N.J. Never one to shrink from a challenge, Sean also took on the role of basketball coach of 9th graders at the newly-opened school. In a city known for famous NCAA ball players and NBA players, the competition was tough, to say the least. Defying the odds, his team won its first championship.
A Tale of Two Baltimores
The first is a vibrant business and tourist center with a beautiful, safe, and prosperous downtown, quiet neighborhoods, great sports teams, and many historic sites.
The second Baltimore consists of 150,000 + persons who are Baltimore’s Forgotten Majority. They have lost faith in city government and rarely vote….and who are unsafe in their underserved neighborhoods.
City leaders have been making promises that got them elected but nothing’s changed. Violent crimes plague us. Our children’s reading and math skills have not improved. In the past decade, thirteen thousand young men and women have failed to graduate from our schools. Most of them cannot find gainful employment. And an estimated 16,000 children live in dangerous, crime-infested neighborhoods.
While elected leaders have tried their best, their solutions have failed to match the size of our city’s problems.
It’s time for radical change and bold new solutions akin to those created to rebuild war-stricken cities. Yes, Baltimore’s Forgotten Majority needs this kind of support.
I’m running for mayor because I believe I have the knowledge, the will, and the experience to bring people together to create ONE Baltimore – a city that serves all residents and especially Baltimore’s Forgotten Majority.
Make Baltimore a smart and safe city.
A smart city is an attractive place for all the people in Baltimore to live, to work, to raise families, to go to school, and for companies to do business in…a city that is an incubator and transmitter of ideas and is an engine of economic growth.
A safe city is a city that protects all its residents and especially the children and families of Baltimore’s Forgotten Majority, the 100,00 to 150,000 residents who live in low-resource, underserved neighborhoods, who have given up on the city and its leaders, and who rarely, if ever, vote.
Baltimore is viewed as two cities. I want it to become and be recognized not as two cities but as ONE — a living, breathing, complex, untidy community of communities from all walks of life…a city whose primary focus is on its people and on encouraging social interaction and supporting sustained economic development.
I want Baltimore to have innovative leaders who are employing smart solutions to connect core city systems and solve problems. And using sophisticated cyber-secure software solutions, Baltimore’s leaders will be able to keep its data safe, provide city employees and residents with a user-friendly communication system, protect citizens and visitors, and remain an attractive and livable city.
I want to see Baltimore as a city where information can be used to engage citizens…to develop new business models…to attract talent that generates business… and to attract businesses that generate talent.
And I want a Baltimore whose city employees are valued and recognized by everyone for their hard work in providing outstanding services to citizens and visitors.
Ready to take the next step and support Sean?
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THE PRIMARY IS NOW SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 2ND
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