District 13 City Council challenger Shannon Sneed plans to kick off her write-in campaign next week, her campaign said Wednesday.
A political newcomer, Sneed lost narrowly to incumbent City Councilman Warren Branch in the September Democratic primary.
Sneed's campaign noted that Branch received 39 percent of the vote in the five-person primary. Another candidate from that race, Antonio Glover, has said he will be supporting Sneed's write-in campaign.
Sneed, 30, a former television news assignment editor from East Baltimore, initially posted a message on her campaign website congratulating Branch on the primary victory.
"I know if he succeeds then our community succeeds," the message stated.
Upon learning of the write-in campaign, Branch pledged to campaign hard to keep the seat.
"Once she lost the primary, I thought she wanted to reach out and work along with me," he said. "It's part of the democratic process. It's not over until November."
Long-time political observers say they've never heard of a successful write-in campaign in Baltimore.
"I certainly wouldn't want the first to be on my watch," Branch said. "We never want to take anything for granted."
Sneed's write-in campaign kick-off is scheduled for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at The Door, 219 N. Chester Street.