West drops Green Party affiliation to run for Baltimore council

westThe Baltimore Sun reports that Westley West, the Baltimore pastor “who led many of the protest marches following the death of Freddie Gray in April,” changed his party affiliation from Green to Democrat as he launched his campaign for city council this weekend. West had said in September that he would run as a Green.


Baltimore minister arrested in Gray demonstrations seeks council seat as Green

westThe Baltimore Sun reports that Westley West, a minister at Faith Empowered Ministries in West Baltimore, Maryland, “who recently was arrested after a demonstration outside of a pre-trial hearing for the Freddie Gray case,” is seeking the Green Party nomination for Baltimore City Council.

West “was arrested in early September on charges he was attempting to incite a riot for stopping traffic. He has said he was involved in a ‘peaceful protest where I was targeted as a leader.'” He did not comment for the Sun article, but the newspaper notes that he said recently, “I’m spending more time preaching funerals than having food drives and things like that because too many people are losing their lives to gun violence.”