- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

BALTIMORE (AP) - Catherine Pugh, a former state senator who also runs a public relations firm, has been sworn in as the 50th mayor of Baltimore.

Pugh was sworn in Tuesday.

She succeeds Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who abandoned her re-election bid amid civil unrest following the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man whose neck was broken in the back of a police transport van.

Pugh served on the City Council for five years before joining the General Assembly.

In the primary, Pugh defeated a large field, including former Mayor Sheila Dixon, who resigned after a fraud conviction in 2010.

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