A prominent activist in the Black Lives Matter movement announced that he would be running for mayor of Baltimore. 

DeRay Mckesson filed to run as a Democrat before Wednesday’s 9 p.m. deadline, NBC affiliate WBAL-TV reported. His status in the decentralized movement grew following the killings in Ferguson, Missouri and elsewhere. 

Mckesson, 30, made an announcement on Twitter and Medium.com, where he acknowledged that he is not a traditional candidate.

“The traditional pathway to politics, and the traditional politicians who follow these well-worn paths, will not lead us to the transformational change our city needs,” McKesson said.

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