Candidate for Baltimore County Council, District 2
For over twenty years, Tony Fugett, best known for his trailblazing advocacy as the former President of the Baltimore County NAACP has strived to ensure that everyone no matter what they look like or who they believe in can live, work, and thrive in Baltimore County.
His fight for fair representation in Baltimore County started back in 2000, where he worked with the late Kevin Kamenetz (then-Council President) to create the first minority majority councilmanic district, ensuring that the council was more reflective of the demographic makeup of the County. The County continued to face new challenges, as the minority population steadily grew. To combat these challenges and unintended racial injustice, Tony Fugett stood on the frontlines with the community on every major battle from “driving while black” and other police accountability reforms. This resulted in more oversight and a mandatory implicit bias training curriculum for Baltimore County Police Officers. Most recently, he successfully sued Baltimore County in Federal Court for their blatant attempt to redline the Black vote into one district. This resulted in a more equitable distribution of the population, and a new District 2, with a 20% growth in the minority population.
Starting his career as a unionized worker for Greyhound as part of the Amalgamated Transit Union, and later the GM Plant of Broening Highway as part of the United Auto Workers Union; Tony believes in the right of employees to meet collectively and have a livable wage. Taking the profound experiences he received, he was able to put himself through college, graduated from Virginia State University, and went on to work at IBM as a System Engineer.
After consulting his brothers, the late Reginald F. Lewis and Jean Fugett, Tony decided to go into entrepreneurship while working at IBM. In 1989, Tony founded and ran an 8(a) certified government contracting firm. As one of the top contractors for the City of Baltimore, Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE), and the U.S. State Department, he was able to create hundreds of jobs and help other small businesses like his own get off the ground through sub-contracting opportunities.
Tony has dedicated an extensive part of his life in serving the community. His past community experience includes serving on the board of the Boy Scouts of America; leading the Baltimore County Chapter of the NAACP has Present; and assisting with the appointment of Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis as Executive Director of the National NAACP and served on its board. Tony also served on the Kellogg’s Commission for African American Males headed by Mr. Andrew Young and on the Foundation board for the University of Baltimore.
Currently, he serves on the:
- Johns Hopkins University of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Advisory Board
- Reginald F. Lewis Foundation, Board of Directors
- Archdiocese of Baltimore, Board of Financial Administration
Tony Fugett has been married for 47 years to his college sweetheart, Trittey Fugett. He has four daughters and five grandchildren. On the weekends you can find him enjoying time with his family and exploring the outdoors.