A child of tough Baltimore streets, Brandon Scott now heads the City Council. He may be aiming higher.

A decade ago, the Baltimore City Council president dispatched a junior aide to deliver a speech to mark the demolition of a blighted neighborhood in Northeast Baltimore. The aide returned this spring to celebrate the choice of a developer to build homes in the area. Now, though, Brandon Scott was council president himself. “This is a great day,” said Scott, a Democrat. “For me, it’s also one that brings up a lot of emotion and sentiment. I cut my teeth in city government cleaning up these lots.” Only weeks before, Scott, 35, had vaulted himself to the presidency, part of a shakeout from the resignation of Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh in May. (Balt. Sun)

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