- Associated Press - Friday, September 11, 2015

BALTIMORE — The mayor of Baltimore says she will not seek re-election nearly five months after the city erupted in rioting following the death of a man injured in police custody.

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Friday at a news conference that she will not run for mayor again. The announcement comes just days after officials said the city would pay Freddie Gray’s family $6.4 million to settle civil claims over his spinal injury.

The Democrat assumed the post in 2010 after her predecessor, Sheila Dixon, stepped down amid scandal. Rawlings-Blake won the 2011 Democratic primary with about 52 percent of the vote in the heavily Democratic city.

Rawlings-Blake, the daughter of a popular state delegate, worked as a public defender and was the youngest person elected to the City Council at age 25 in 1995.

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