Baltimore, MD – Earlier today, Bill Henry, the Councilman from Baltimore City’s 4th District, announced he will be running for Baltimore City Comptroller.
Councilman Henry began by saying, “In my view, government should do two things very well: it should be accountable to the people, and it should deliver the right results,” he continued, “We need a ‘Chief Accountability Officer’ – a truly independent official whose job it is to remind the Mayor and the City Council that achieving better outcomes requires making better decisions.”
Councilman Henry was joined by his colleagues Councilman Zeke Cohen (1st District), Councilman Kris Burnett (8th District), Councilwoman Shannon Sneed (13th District) and Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke (14th District), as well as State Senator Mary Washington (43rd District) and State Delegates Robbyn Lewis (46th District) and Stephanie Smith (45th District). City Councilman Ryan Dorsey (3rd District) and State Delegates Luke Clippinger (46th District) and Brooke Lierman (46th District) are also endorsing Henry, but were unable to attend the event.
When introducing Councilman Henry, Senator Washington said, “Working with Bill over the past 15 years, I have witnessed first hand his intimate knowledge of how government works and how government could work better. I trust him to make sure our tax dollars are being spent equitably and strategically to protect our communities.”
In his remarks, Henry pledged to focus on three priorities: modernizing the office, using audits to get results, and promoting equitable economic growth. Along with sitting on the City’s Board of Estimates, which handles all day-to-day financial actions for the City, the Comptroller oversees the City’s Department of Audits and Department of Real Estate.
Councilman Burnett also expressed the need for a change in leadership in the Comptroller’s office. “The office of Comptroller can be a great tool for bringing more accountability and transparency to city government, but it takes someone with Bill’s expertise and passion for good governance to deliver necessary innovation with steady hands. That is why I’m very excited Bill is running for comptroller.”
Henry ended his speech to a large crowd of friends, family, elected officials and supporters, with a call to action, saying that “To accomplish all this, however, will take more than just a campaign – we’ll need a political movement like nothing this City has seen before, but which I see beginning here today.”
About Bill Henry
Councilman Henry is a graduate of Loyola Blakefield, Johns Hopkins University and Loyola Maryland University, where he received a Master’s degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance. Prior to elected office, he was a deputy director of the Patterson Park Community Development Corporation and worked in the City Council President’s office, both as legislative aide to Mary Pat Clarke and as chief of staff to Lawrence Bell.
He has long been active in the arts, currently serving on the board of the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, and previously serving on the boards of the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Mobtown Players Theatre Company, of which he was a founding member. Councilman Henry is also a former board chair of Greater Homewood Community Corporation (now Strong City Baltimore) and Citizens Planning and Housing Association, and a former board member of Local Progress, a national network of over 900 progressive municipal officials.
To learn more about Councilman Henry’s campaign for Baltimore City Comptroller, please visit http://www.billhenry.com