Over Half Of Baltimore's Mayoral Candidates Have Been Charged With Crimes

Holly Matkin

Baltimore mayoral candidate Richard Vaughn's criminal history includes felony theft, carjacking, and harassment charges.

Baltimore, MD – Over half of the 32 candidates vying to become Baltimore’s next mayor in April have criminal charges on their records.

The candidates’ startling backgrounds came to light just days before former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is due to be sentenced in federal court for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and tax evasion, WBFF reported.

The news outlet began digging into the mayoral candidates’ criminal histories to see if any of them had legal matters in the past, and quickly discovered that over half of them had.

Among them is former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon, who was indicted on 12 state counts in January of 2009, including theft, fraud, and misconduct in office, WBFF reported.

The original indictment was later dismissed, but Dixon was ultimately indicted on two different charges in July of 2009.

She was charged with theft and embezzlement for stealing gift cards that were intended for low-income citizens, and was later convicted on the misdemeanor embezzlement charge, WBFF reported.

As a condition of her sentence, Dixon agreed not to run for office anywhere in Maryland until her four-year probation period expired.

Another mayoral candidate, William Herd, has been charged with malicious destruction of property, breaking and entering, and passing bad checks in the past, WBFF reported.

Clergyman David Anthony Wiggins, a self-described business owner, was charged with false imprisonment, harassment, failure to comply with a peace order, and filing a false application to purchase a firearm.

Zulieka Baysmore was criminally charged for failing to return a rental vehicle.

Felony theft, carjacking, and harassment charges were found in business owner Richard Vaughn’s criminal history, WBFF reported.

Vaughn acknowledged his past crimes during an interview with the news outlet.

“It was just one of those moments in life where I fell,” the mayoral candidate told WBFF. “I felt as if there was no way up and no way to crawl away from it. And, so I did a stupid act. I had to face the penalties and learn from that mistake.”

Other candidates were convicted of less serious offenses, such as Terry McCready, who was found guilty of fishing without a license.

WBFF’s investigation into the candidates’ criminal histories did not include any offenses that were committed outside of Maryland.

Comments (50)
Davidtwmay24
Davidtwmay24

Why wouldn't you elect a criminal to run a city full of criminals. You have to pick from the people who live there..

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Aramovich
Aramovich

Just keeping up the tradition set by the last mayor. Elect-a-thug.

flybynight
flybynight

The cream rises to the top. *sarc

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

It's Baltimore. You expect better? Good news is that they could reduce costs by running the mayor's office out of the County Lockup. In fact, probably could move most of City Hall there, too.

Debluvsanimals
Debluvsanimals

Do you expect anything less from the demoncrap party!!

Trefflek
Trefflek

🤦🏽‍♂️

NomonK
NomonK

Crime is now an honest profession.

Clay W
Clay W

It's Baltimore. All they did was pick the top 32 people in the city with the least amount of criminal activity on their records to run for mayor. It's a blue state. That's the best they got. That's the best they will ever have.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

You need to start with the fact that in the last 33 years, all the mayors have been black.. just saying.

Gramercy
Gramercy

How very sad is this for the electoral of Maryland! Seems they do not have a choice but to elect "the lesser of two evils." So sorry for them that placed them in this situation...and many must have to have voted delinquents into office.

stooge819
stooge819

The felonies I can live with. But fishing without a license? Uh uh. You're out.

Raymelson
Raymelson

I didn't know criminals could hold public office somebody needs to contact the FBI

rds40
rds40

Any wonder those failed cities will never suceed. They thrive on failure and corruption. Yet the residents accept it.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Criminals running for mayor???? That's crazy. They're probably all liberal democrats, pro-criminal, anti -police.

BLUEALWAYS
BLUEALWAYS

BLACK THUG DEMO RATS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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flybynight
flybynight

And they keep getting elected!!!!! Amazing.

capt wood 107
capt wood 107

Shouldn't surprise anyone. No wonder that city is having the problem it has.

GLOCK_LAWMAN
GLOCK_LAWMAN

Elijah Cumming sucessors. No wonder that place is like L.A. look who has been their rep for soooooo long. When all you got is negro criminal to vote for you can't beat them. VOTE RED BEFORE YOY TURB INTO L.A. AND GAYBAY.

flybynight
flybynight

Maybe one of the resident trolls will jump in here and set things right..........oops, my bad, they won't touch this with a 10 foot pole.

michelle1964
michelle1964

They need to run in New York. It's their kinda town.

sturnman22
sturnman22

Shit leaders for a shithole elected by shitheads!

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

And they elect them anyway!

tnkrstoyco
tnkrstoyco

Cause that's all they got.

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

Baltimore is a dump. I worked there for 6 years and it is a dump with Democrats running all government agencies which is a great example of “good intentions” providing terrible results. They’re all crooks and ignorant fools and don’t have a clue how to do anything except get elected and steal.

micreev1
micreev1

Dear Excalibr4 and IseeWhereThisIsGoing, you all are aware that former Mayor Martin O'Malley, who served from 99 to 07, is white, right? If you're going to have a discussion, you would be better served to base it in reality.

Andytheman
Andytheman

And the majority are criminals. In a black city with black politicians and residents shooting each other. Black and black crimes are running rampant. I hate to say it but it is what it is .


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