The fiery Democratic mayoral primary turned out to be a cakewalk for Mayor Lovely Warren when Tuesday night came to a close.
Facing off against former police chief James Sheppard and career journalist Rachel Barnhart, Warren clocked in at 12,213 votes, or 62.2 percent. Sheppard, meanwhile, took 4,272, or 21.8 percent and Barnhart took 3,090, or 15.7 percent.
Casting her ballot at Frederick Douglass Middle School earlier in the day Tuesday, Warren stressed the importance of the electoral process, and her legacy as mayor.
“We see the development happening all over the city, from construction and housing to jobs and opportunities,” Warren said. “So, we need people to come out and support the great work that we’re doing, and we can’t do that if you’re not at the polls.”
The official Democratic candidate, Warren will face off against Republican candidate Tony Micciche, Green Party candidate Alex White and Independent candidate Lori Thomas on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Sheppard will also continue his race as an independent candidate.