This weeks RH Whistler spotlight:
Five black Republicans won primary races in the Baltimore area, a fact that one candidate believes has not received any media coverage.
“The media won’t cover it but … we all won our primary races,” self-described pro-Trump congressional candidate Kimberly Klacik tweeted Thursday. “You are looking at the Republican candidates in the greater Baltimore area. We have officially joined forces. Flipping seats RED @CAnderson2020 @m_andrews2020 @EBoikai @VoteVismale.”
Klacik, who won her primary earlier this month to run in the November general election for the seat held by the late Democrat Elijah Cummings for decades, can be seen pictured with Baltimore City Council candidates Christopher Anderson, Michelle Andrews, Eugene Boikai, and Maria Vismale.
Klacik, a GOP strategist, lost a special primary contest in April to Kweisi Mfume, a former Democratic congressman and president of the NAACP, to serve the remainder of Cummings’s term. They will compete again for Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in November.
Anderson, a third-generation Baltimorean and Coast Guard veteran, won his primary to become the GOP nominee for Baltimore City Council District 7.
“I met one of my supporters who voted for me & now we are great friends. I want to say thank you to all the ppl that voted for me,” he tweeted following his primary win. “I thank God and everyone who made it possible for yesterday’s victory. I am now the GOP nominee for District 7 for Baltimore #HadEnough.”
Andrews, a financial planner and Baltimore native, reacted to her primary victory for Baltimore City Council District 6 by saying that change was “finally” going to come to the city.
Boikai, a construction worker, won the GOP nomination for Baltimore City Council District 12 and tweeted about his candidacy, pointing out that he made history by becoming the first African-born nominee in Baltimore.
“HISTORY has finally been made in #Baltimore: I am the FIRST African-born candidate to become the nominee of my party in the City of Baltimore. I was born in Liberia but made in America…and proud of both cultures,” Boikai tweeted.
The GOP nominee for Baltimore City Council District 5, defense investigator Vismale, has campaigned on defending the most vulnerable in her city and not adhering to the status quo.
Klacik, a vocal supporter of President Trump, is seeking to become the first woman and the first Republican to represent Maryland’s 7th Congressional District and will face off against Mfume in November.