Anson Asaka is an Official Candidate for Baltimore City Council - District 4

BALTIMORE, Aug. 8, 2019 – Today, civil rights attorney Anson Carlton Asaka announced his candidacy for Baltimore’s District 4 City Council seat.

“Contrary to President Donald Trump’s racist statements about Baltimore City and the Hon. Elijah Cummings, Baltimore is a beautiful and vibrant city,” Asaka, a four year resident of the Mid-Govans neighborhood, said after filing election paperwork this morning. “However, there are urgent issues in this city that must be addressed now.” 

“I am running for city council because I want to see a better Baltimore,” Asaka, an NAACP National Office Associate General Counsel, added.  “Now is the time for change.  We need safe neighborhoods, clean streets, good jobs, living wages, great schools, well-funded recreation centers, police accountability, political integrity, corporate responsibility and environmental justice. More simply, we need equity, prosperity and opportunity for all of Baltimore, not just in the enclaves of Homeland, Roland Park and other isolated affluent predominately white neighborhoods.”

From his days as a student activist at Howard University in the 1990s, Asaka continues to fight for social justice and progressive change. As an NAACP civil rights attorney for the past 15 years, Asaka has worked on corporate matters, police accountability, education, housing discrimination, public accommodations, employment discrimination and voting rights cases. 

For several years, he organized and supervised the NAACP’s Operation Bike Week Justice Program, an effort to ensure that all Myrtle Beach, S.C. tourists are treated equally and fairly by the City of Myrtle Beach and local businesses during an annual motorcycle rally. During the 2008, 2012 and 2016 presidential elections, he supervised the NAACP’s Election Protection Command Center.  

On July 12, 2009, Asaka received the NAACP Staff Lawyer of the Year Award.

Anson is a cum laude graduate of Howard University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1992. In 1996, he graduated Rutgers Law School in Newark, N.J.  He is licensed to practice law in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

“We need outsiders to shake up City Hall,” Asaka asserts. “Business as usual, conducted by the same old connected political insiders will not bring about the change we need. We need new leadership to create new possibilities for the City of Baltimore.”

Learn more about the candidate at: and @AnsonAsakaBaltimore on Facebook.

                                         Clerk approving my paperwork


  1. Hello - when you say "make nonprofits pay their share" is there a particular nonprofit organization you feel is taking advantage of the community? I appreciate focus on developers, but would like to further understand your statement about nonprofits


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