Announcement appeared in a Baltimore Sun article.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Monday February 3, 2014 @ 10:42 A.M.
Neverdon Announces Independent Candidacy
Baltimore, MD – The Neverdon for Baltimore campaign today announced that Russell A. Neverdon, Sr. will run as an Independent candidate for Baltimore’s top prosecutor office challenging the incumbent.
“Under the current administration, we’ve seen the city remain in peril. There are few changes within this office, and Baltimore deserves more,” says Russell A. Neverdon, Sr. “Unifying our city and creating opportunities for its growth are what is necessary in this office. I believe that by becoming an independent I provide the necessary ability to work closely with groups, organizations, residents, and citizens without any obligation to party affiliation or political agenda. With this, we can begin to see real change happen in Baltimore. This is the change we drastically need to restore Baltimore to its original charm.”
As homicide rates across the United States begin to plummet, Baltimore’s continue to rise. Baltimore experienced a 7.3% rise in homicides in 2013, representing five days with 28 shootings and 10 homicides. In January 2014 alone, Baltimore has seen a total of 28 murders in 31 days, an escalated number of backlogged court cases, and citizens scheduling community rallies and marches to address resident issues and concerns.
Neverdon, a Baltimore defense attorney, born and raised in Baltimore, has 15 years of defense experience in defending the most heinous crimes in the city. As a defense attorney he fully knows and appreciates the deficiencies in the system and how to plug in the holes, so to speak, in the system while representing the best interest of Baltimore.
Neverdon, who hopes to unseat the incumbent, believes in pairing prosecution with a holistic approach to criminal justice. His platform is to adopt the TRACE methodology for the best interest of Baltimore. TRACE represents, Transparency, Restoration of public trust, Accountability, Community inclusion and involvement and Equitable and efficient prosecution.
By developing community programs and initiatives for youth, working side-by-side with nonprofits, community organizations, schools and educational centers to expand programming to combat violence in underserved communities; establishing creative, yet effective solutions and policies to provide necessary public safety for residents, initiating standards for transparency of the State’s Attorney office, and working directly with and in support of police by demanding their best service and holding them accountable for successes and failures – under his direction the State’s Attorney’s office will restore public trust in the criminal justice system.
“We cannot afford for the political process to maintain status quo of only a segment of the city being able to vote,” says Neverdon. “This election is about providing the citizens of Baltimore a real choice with real solutions for our very real public safety and crime and justice issues. This time, ALL of the citizens will have a say in the process of electing the next State’s Attorney for Baltimore City and know that there is proper representation that is putting the people first.”
Neverdon’s move to Independent candidacy leaves the incumbent and challenger both wrangling over the Democratic seat for the top prosecutor position in Baltimore.
For immediate comments or to schedule an interview, please contact Syieda Penn, Campaign Manager at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-352-2842.