By Kristen Adornato
Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writer
In a room filled with family, friends, and supporters, Baltimore businessman David Warnock gave his concession speech after a five-month run for mayor of Baltimore City.
“It was an amazing run,” said Warnock. “I can’t thank anyone more than the citizens of Baltimore and my family.”
The upstairs room of Verde Pizza in Canton, more than 50 supporters came together for Warnock. Many said they believed Warnock was a different kind of candidate, something Warnock used to his advantage during the campaign.
Warnock, a senior partner at Camden Partners, one of Baltimore’s largest private equity firms, said during his campaign that he believed his background in business was something Baltimore needed in its mayor.
Amanda Greene, another supporter, said Warnock could have brought an important change to Baltimore.
“The city is tired of corrupt politicians,” said Greene. “David is not one of them.”
During his speech, Warnock remained positive along with his campaign team saying this is not the end.
Talking over the cheers from the crowd, Warnock spoke about his plans to continue to promote education and jobs in the city.
Warnock says he will continue to work towards giving the children of Baltimore hope for their future after high school, an idea he stressed during his campaign.
Warnock is the founder of Green Street Academy, a charter school in Baltimore, and the Warnock Foundation, a foundation that supports the creation of jobs and improving education and leadership in the community.
“A great community school is what this city needs,” Warnock said.
Warnock concluded his speech, surrounded by his family and campaign volunteers, saying that even though this campaign is over he is not done.
“It’s just getting started,” said Warnock. “We’re going to take this city. We’re going to keep working.”
As the crowd began to disperse supporters were disappointed by the lost. One muttered as he walked out of the door. “Man, we lost.”
Warnock’s campaign spent more than $1.6 million in the last two months before the election — more than any other candidate.