Mayor Scott’s Former Campaign Manager Doubled his City Hall Salary in Just Over Two Years

Marvin James occupies a unique place at City Hall. While recent mayors from Martin O’Malley to Catherine Pugh have handed out plum jobs to campaign workers and contributors, it’s been fully three decades since Kurt Schmoke placed a top-level political operative (Larry S. Gibson in that case) so squarely in the corridors of power.

Mayor Brandon Scott followed that precedent when he moved James, his campaign manager, into the second-floor mayoral suite soon after assuming office in December 2020.

Since then, James, a quick-witted, always impeccably dressed 35-year-old, has inhabited the twin worlds of politics and governance, while earning extra cash on the side as the impresario of other young Democratic Party aspirants.