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And They're Off

City Paper's Guide to the Primary Race, 2003

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Posted 7/23/2003

This is a season of political upheaval in Baltimore.

Earlier this year, when the state legislature failed to align the city's primary election date to the general election date in 2004, the city's political movers and shakers scrambled to prepare for an election that pits incumbents against incumbents, guaranteeing that some sitting council members will lose their comfy seats.

There's a sentiment in the city right now of anti-incumbency, as evidenced by the 2002 passage of Question P, the referendum put before voters that that forced the restructuring in the first place. Community activists, leaders, and residents complain that the current City Council has grown complacent and is unresponsive to the needs of its constituents. The current council makeup, they have complained, which divides the city into six districts, each represented by three council members, has made it easy for representatives to pass the buck and the blame for problems in the city. It has also helped incumbents keep their grip on power, critics say, and kept out "new blood."

Question P portioned the city into 14 new districts, each of which will be represented by one council member. If that member does not do his or her job, the reasoning goes, voters will know it. Do-nothing members will not have fellow representatives to hide behind.

This is also a season of political hope in Baltimore.

Of the City Council candidates who are up for election in the Sept. 9 primary, a few members of the old guard will keep their jobs--perhaps deservedly so. But a slew of newcomers have stepped up to represent their city, with promises and aspirations to make Baltimore a cleaner, safer, more livable place. Some are old hands in the political game--former campaign workers, behind-the-scenesters, former politicians looking to get back to public service--but dozens of others have also come forward with no history in city politics at all. They are teachers and lawyers, city employees and restaurant workers, community activists and do-gooders--the people who help make Baltimore happen.

We'll be the first to admit it's not easy keeping track of who's who in this political horse race, especially once you get past the big-stakes event in which Mayor Martin O'Malley faces a test of his popularity against a small stable of challengers. So we've compiled a list of all the folks running for city office in all the races in the primary, according to the Baltimore City Board of Elections--from the council districts to Council President to city comptroller to mayor. The following are the candidates who want to represent you, the people, in city government. Study up. Post time is Sept. 9.

Mayor

Andrey Bundley
Democrat
Age: 42

Bundley is the principal of Walbrook High School. He is seen my many observers as the premier challenger Mayor Martin O'Malley in the primary. Young, energetic, working with well-known campaign manager Julius Henson.

Marvin Ray Jones
Democrat
Age: 55

No information available.

A. Robert Kaufman
Democrat
Age: 72

If there's an election, Kaufman has got to be in it. He's an outspoken and controversial community activist who heads the Citywide Coalition, which advocates for drug legalization and bridging the gap between the poverty-stricken and the wealthy.

Martin O'Malley
Democrat
Age :40

O'Malley is the incumbent mayor of Baltimore. He's running on his record for the past four years. He contends his administration has reduced violent crime in the city; his campaign slogan is "Better Isn't Good Enough."

Charles U. Smith
Democrat
Age: 53

Smith has run unsuccessfully as a Republican for both city Comptroller and a seat in the U.S. House. He's a Vietnam vet and an ordained minister and was a partner with Clergy United for Renewal of East Baltimore. Now he's a Democrat, too.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT

Sheila Dixon
Democrat
Age: 49

Dixon has been City Council president since 1999, and has been an international trade specialist for the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development for even longer. Accomplishments include changing the council's committee structure and moving the council to a year-round meeting schedule. She has a powerful ally in Mayor Martin O'Malley.

James Hugh Jones II
Democrat
Age: 49

An activist minister who helped found an outfit called the United Christian Alliance for Change, Jones promises to bring hope back to the citizens of Baltimore.

Catherine E. Pugh
Democrat
Age: 53

Pugh is a member of the City Council and owns a public-relations business. Pugh says she would have the council meet every Monday night, instead of Dixon's schedule of meeting every other week. Her campaign is getting help from state Comptroller William Donald Schaefer.

Carl Stokes
Democrat
Age: 53

Stokes is vice president of new business development for Mid Atlantic Health Care in Owings Mills. He was prepared to run for mayor, but changed his mind at the 11th hour and filed for City Council president instead. He's critical of the City Council for what he calls its rubber-stamping of Mayor O'Malley decisions. A former city councilman and school board member, he lost a 1999 bid for mayor to O'Malley.

COMPTROLLER

Joan Pratt
Democrat
Age: 51

Joan Pratt, incumbent city comptroller, faces no competition in the primary.

DISTRICT 1

Barry Glassman
Democrat
Age: 59

Glassman is an investment and banking manager for the Baltimore County Office of Budget and Finance. Glassman is a community activist and founder and president of the Butchers Hill Community Development Corp. He supports full staffing and appropriate training for the police department and also plans to eliminate the sources of unnecessary noise.

Jim Kraft
Democrat
Age: 53

Kraft is an attorney in Columbia who ran for office and lost in Howard County twice before moving to Fells Point in 1997. He is well-connected at both the state and federal level and says he knows "all of the players." Chair of the 46th District State Central Committee.

Art McGreevy
Democrat
Age: 29

McGreevy is an assistant state's attorney in the Baltimore County State's Attorney's Office. He was the 1st District Coordinator for O'Malley's 1999 race. He says if elected, he would be the only member of the council who works in law enforcement.

"Baltimore" Bob Murray
Democrat
Age: 34

Murray is a former Army officer and a social-studies teacher in the Baltimore County school system. The self-proclaimed underdog in this race, he has lots of support from fellow teachers.

Ben Neil
Democrat
Age: 53

Neil owns a title company and law practice in Highlandtown and is a former chair of the city's Board of Municipal Zoning Appeals. Neil says he thinks Baltimore's 30-year-old laws concerning development need to be updated.

Nicholle O'Malley
Democrat
Age: 26

O'Malley works for the Washington, D.C., transportation department. No relation to Mayor O'Malley, although she did work on his 1999 campaign and took a job with his administration handling constituent services after he was elected. Improving the city's schools is her main concern.

Angelo Solera
Democrat
Age: 40

Solera works in the public-health field as a Hispanic community liaison and ombudsman. He has emerged as a voice for the city's Hispanic community.

Brandon Katz
Republican
Age: 26

Katz is a computer entrepreneur who says he's more independent than Republican. He's an advocate of an urban-renewal program that would teach skills like carpentry, construction, and entrepreneurship to those who have few job prospects.

Roberto Marsili
Republican
Age: 72

Well-known Little Italy gadfly and self-appointed government watchdog. Platform focuses on ending corruption, government waste, and white-collar crime.

District 2

Phillip Brown
Democrat
Brown ran for mayor, and lost, in 1999.

Nick D'Adamo
Democrat
Age: 4

D'Adamo is a City Council member with clout in the new 2nd District. A member of the council since 1987, he's known for his lifelong ties in Highlandtown. He is chair of the council's budget and appropriations committee.

Lois Garey
Democrat
Age: 56

Garey is a City Council member with deep roots in Baltimore's northeast neighborhoods. As chair of the Land Use and Planning Committee, she has handled legislation affecting development patterns across the city.

Cheryl Glenn
Democrat
Age: 51

Glenn is is affiliated with state Sen. Nathaniel McFadden's Eastside Democratic Organization. She is a founder of the City Union of Baltimore, which she calls "her baby," and she has been active in a number of community associations in the new 2nd District.

David A. Lessner
Democrat
Age: 40

Lessner is a bartender at the Quest. He lives in Greektown and wants the council to concentrate on quality-of-life issues and the everyday problems and concerns of the people.

Austin O. Oparanma
Democrat
Age: 43

There is little information available on Oparanma, who told City Paper only that he was new to running for office in Baltimore.

Florentina Pantalunan
Democrat
Age: 58

No information available.

DISTRICT 3

Beatrice Brown
Democrat
Age: 60

Brown is a Northeast Baltimore community activist and a coordinator for the Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters, a national nonprofit that helps parents prepare young children for school. She has been on the Baltimore City Democratic Central Committee since 1998.

James Butler
Democrat
Age: 40

Butler is an attorney who holds numerous leadership positions in student, civic, and professional organizations.

Robert Curran
Democrat
Age: 53

Curran is a member of the City Council and chair of its Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committee. A former foreman at Domino Sugar, Curran was elected to the council in 1995. He is vice chair of the Baltimore Democratic Party and is on the executive committee of Maryland Democratic Party. He is related by marriage to Mayor O'Malley.

Michael Hamilton
Democrat
Age: 52

Hamilton is head of the Baltimore City PTA and first chair of the Parent and Community Advisory Board for the Baltimore Public Schools. The cornerstone of his campaign is education. This is his first attempt at gaining an elected position.

Lorraine Pontillo
Republican
Age: 34

Pontillo is a financial adviser and vice president of the Baltimore Area Young Republicans.

Carlos M. Torres
Republican
Age: 38

Torres believes the most important issue facing Baltimore is crime and would like to introduce Project Exile, a program that would prosecute illegal gun offenses in federal court. Torres also wants to reduce the property tax by gradually deducting $100 per year for five years from tax bills.

DISTRICT 4

V. Lee Brady Jr.
Democrat
Age: 44

Brady is a graphic illustrator who ran unsuccessfully in 1990 for the 40th District state Senate seat.

Monica L. Gaines
Democrat
Age: 34

Gaines is an office assistant for the city Department of Finance. She says she aspires to be city comptroller and eventually state comptroller. She wants to follow in Comptroller Schaefer's footsteps in more ways than one: She says she'd like to revive Schaefer's Dollar House programs in the city.

William "Bill" Goodin
Democrat
Age: 50

Advocates for establishment of community courts, wants citizens group to witness the incineration of illegal drugs and weapons confiscated by police, wants money confiscated from drug raids to be returned to community, and wants a full-time work schedule for City Council members.

Kenneth N. Harris Sr.
Democrat
Age: 40

Harris is a member of the City Council. Harris is a supporter of Mayor O'Malley, and claims responsibility for helping redevelop Belvedere Square and the Loch Raven Shopping Center.

Bill Henry
Democrat
Age: 34

Henry is director of external relations for the Patterson Park Community Development Corp. and vice president of the board of governors for Citizens Planning and Housing Association. He thinks the city should invest more in its schools, libraries, and recreation centers.

Bruce W. Fleming
Republican
Age: 47

No information available.

Armand F. Girard
Republican
Age: 65

In 2002 he ran for a seat on the Baltimore City Republican Central Committee and lost.

DISTRICT 5

Leonard Kerpelman
Democrat
Age: 78

Kerpelman is a disbarred attorney and political maverick who represented atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair before the U.S. Supreme Court in a famous school-prayer case. On one of the key issues facing his district, slot machines at Pimlico Race Course, Kerpelman has no stance. However, he says, he will conduct a survey of 1,500 families in Mount Washington to determine their feelings on the issue.

Rochelle "Rikki" Spector
Democrat
Age: 66

Spector has been a member of the City Council since 1977, making her the "dean" of the council, having served longer than any other current member. She is the council representative on the City Planning Commission.

DISTRICT 6

Kelley Brohawn
Democrat
Age: 44

Brohawn says he would like to protect all remaining green spaces and parkland within city limits by prohibiting commercial and residential development that would endanger them. He says he would support legislation to require salvage of all reusable and recyclable materials from all city buildings scheduled for demolition. Brohawn is pro-slots and says he would fight to allow them at Pimlico.

Vincent Fullard
Democrat
Age: 40

Fullard is the owner of the Yellow Bowl restaurants, on Park Heights and Greenmount avenues. He is concerned about revitalization in Park Heights, and he would like to reduce the rate of unemployment by encouraging local businesses to hire area residents.

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
Democrat
Age: 32

Rawlings-Blake is vice president of the City Council and has close ties with Mayor O'Malley and Council President Dixon. She is the daughter of state Del. Howard Rawlings.

Seth Rosenberg
Democrat
Age: 24

Rosenberg is a student at University of Maryland, Baltimore County and owner of SAR Development Group, a computer networking firm. He is the son of Michelle Rosenberg, regional vice chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party. He has worked on various political campaigns at the state and federal levels.

Charese Williams
Democrat
Age: 32

Williams is a biology teacher at Patterson High School and wife of former Ravens football player Calvin Williams. She entered the race, with the help of aggressive campaign manager Julius Henson, because--like many city residents--she is frustrated with the way the school district is run.

Kevin Williams
Democrat
Age: 35

No information available.

Melvin Bilal
Republican
Age: 61

No information available.

Carlton "Yummy" Dotson
Republican
Age: 71

No information available.

DISTRICT 7

John Burke
Democrat
Age: 43

No information available.

Belinda Conaway
Democrat
Age: 35

Conaway, a school counselor, ran for a House seat in 2002. She is the daughter of city Circuit Court Clerk Frank Conaway, who is running for mayor as an independent in the General Election in 2004.

John Holmes
Democrat
Age: 41

Holmes is an exterminator who used to work for the city's Rat Rubout program. He says, if elected, he will work to clean up the trash clogging the streets and curb the city's rat infestation. He would hire more public employees to help clean up the city and he opposes privatization of public-works jobs.

Timothy Mercer
Democrat
Age: 48

No information available.

Shawn Z. Tarrant
Democrat
Age: 37

Tarrant is president of the Ashburton Area Association. He supports reducing the number of vacant properties in the city, attracting more businesses to neighborhoods, and promoting community-centered safety programs.\

Owen Hanratty
Republican
Age: 27

Hanratty wants to reduce classroom size and improve school facilities--but he doesn't say how. Wants to increase funding for police training and education, upgrade police and fire equipment, and "hammer" drug trafficking.

Almaajid Muhammed El
Republican
Age: 48

No information available.

DISTRICT 8

Patrick Burns
Democrat
Age: 39

Burns is an independent real-estate and stock investor who wants the council to handle the small problems that make "a big difference" in the community--small-scale trash pickup, "safe homes" programs, and beautification efforts. He also wants to create a water-savings initiative by installing a new flushing mechanism on toilets.

Beatrice "Bizzy Bea" Hawkins
Democrat
Age: 51

Hawkins calls herself "Baltimore's best-kept secret" and is active in the Rognel Heights Community Association. She says her mission is to provide greater support to our education system, place tighter penalties on repeat offenders, and more strictly enforce nuisance laws.

Helen Holton
Democrat
Age: 43

An incumbent council member, Holton says her main goals will be to combat crime, help create more jobs, develop small businesses, and improve schools, health care, and city services.

Keith Matthews
Democrat
Age: 36

Matthews says he will focus on neighborhood foot patrols, increased minority-business programs that promote ownership and employment, increased school funding, smaller class sizes, after-school programs, alternatives to raising property taxes to generate revenues, more funding for drug treatment, improvement of city services, and health care for senior citizens.

David Maurice Smallwood
Democrat
Age: 41

Smallwood is an employee of the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks. He says he is most concerned about housing, public safety--especially for senior citizens and young people--education, transportation, and the effects of illegal drugs on communities.

Melvin Stukes
Democrat
Age: 45

Stukes is a member of City Council and was the first African-American elected to the council to represent the old 6th. He is a strong supporter of African-American business owners and is known for his independent and loquacious stances on public issues.

DISTRICT 9

Wendy Foy
Democrat
Age: 43

Foy works at the Empowerment Zone Center. She is an ACORN-PAC endorsed candidate and community activist whose main concerns are fighting for living-wage jobs in the city, economic development for the 9th District, and an end to predatory lending and house-flipping schemes.

Ernest M. King
Democrat
Age: 47

Bratton is an ordained minister and a warehouse clerk at the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School. He serves as the executive director of the Baltimore Christian Warriors Sports Program.

Agnes Welch
Democrat
Age: 78

Welch is a member of City Council who is concerned about the revitalization of neighborhoods. Having served five terms, she plans to introduce "pro-community, pro-urban environment legislation" to improve neighborhoods.

Cortly "C.D." Witherspoon
Democrat

Age: 21
Witherspoon is a minister and community organizer. He has worked for ACORN and has served as the 10th legislative district aid to state Sen. Delores Kelley. He has also worked with former state Sen. Clarence Mitchell IV and Del. Jill Carter.

DISTRICT 10

Charlie Metz
Democrat
Age: 45

Metz is a small-business owner in Brooklyn. He is an ACORN-PAC-endorsed candidate who is focused on the needs of the communities south of the harbor. One of his key issues is to bring light industry back to South Baltimore to provide a broader tax base and better jobs for workers in the whole city.

Mark A. Muhammad
Democrat
Age: 43

Muhammad is a former employee of the Baltimore City Department of Public Works and a newcomer to the political scene. He says he is committed to fighting crime and improving the environment.

Nicole Pastore-Klein
Democrat
Age: 30

Pastore-Klein is an attorney with Saul Ewing LLP. She is from Little Italy's Pastore Foods family and and serves on the Historic Federal Hill Main Street and Inner Harbor Advisory Council. She wants to see a decrease in property taxes in the 10th District.

Edward Reisinger
Democrat
Age: 43

Reisinger is a City Council member who says he wants to help alleviate the tax burden of revitalized communities on the Inner Harbor, such as Federal Hill and Locust Point.

Joe Collins Jr.
Republican
Age: 34

Collins is vice president of Cross Street Automotive and Tire Inc. He says he would work closely with Gov. Robert Ehrlich to create a first-class downtown entertainment zone and to create a task force comprised of local, state, and federal accountants, attorneys, police, the comptroller's office, and the IRS that would identify the city's top 10 drug dealers.

Duane Shelton
Republican
Age: 35

Shelton is on the Maryland Republican Party Central Committee.

DISTRICT 11

Eric Easton
Democrat
Age: 46

Easton wants to return "activism and independence" to the council and help senior citizens remain active members of their communities. Easton is a community activist, organizer, peace advocate, and humanitarian poet.

James Feld
Democrat
Age: 25

Feld is a server at the Cheesecake Factory at Harborplace and a Maryland Institute College of Art graduate.

Bill Marker
Democrat
Age: 52

Marker is an attorney and a former pro b0no attorney for children who need legal assistance. He is former president of Pigtown's Southwest Community Council and chair of the nominating committee for the Southern District Police-Community Relations Council.

Keiffer Mitchell
Democrat
Age: 35

Mitchell has been a member of the City Council since 1995. Mayor O'Malley recently endorsed him for the 11th District seat. O'Malley appointed him chairman of the Human Services Commission, and in 2002 he was appointed as the second vice chair of the Maryland Democratic Party. He is a scion of the prominent Mitchell family, which has a long history in politics and civil-rights battles.

Robert Siewierski
Democrat
Age: 32

Siewierski is a Gulf War veteran and a member of the Honor Guard at the Maryland National Guard. He supports expansion of the city subway system.

DISTRICT 12

Pamela Carter
Democrat
Age: 49

Carter is a member of City Council, appointed in 2001 to finish out the late Bea Gaddy's term. Affiliated with state Sen. Nathaniel McFadden's Eastside Democratic Organization, which helped her get the appointment to the seat.

Annie Chambers
Democrat
Age: 62

Chambers is president of the Baltimore Rehab Association, which is dedicated to fixing up vacant and dilapidated houses. She is concerned that African-Americans are losing their foothold in the city, and much of her campaign is focused on increasing homeownership in her district.

Ertha Harris
Democrat
Age: 43

Harris ran and lost against Bea Gaddy in the 1999 council races but the East Baltimore activist and local chairwoman of the Million Man March organizing committee sees her late opponent as an inspiration and role model.

Leon Cliff Purnell
Democrat
Age: 50

Purnell is executive director of the Men's Center, a faith-based parenting and counseling service. He sits on the board of Baltimore Medical Systems, which runs health clinics for low-income patients. In the past, he has worked on campaigns in East Baltimore with the Eastside Democratic Organization.

Frank William Richardson
Democrat
Age: 31

Richardson is a pastoral associate and urban youth minister at Immaculate Conception Church and St. Cecilia Church. Richardson had his first taste of fame in 1997 when local press extolled his honesty for returning nearly $1,000 to a grocery store that had mistakenly put the cash in his grocery bag. He was a favorite at his alma mater, Towson University, where he served as president of the student government. Now he's back from a work stint in Japan and wants to claim a seat on the council.

Bernard C. "Jack" Young
Democrat
Age: 49

Young is a member of City Council. Young and Carter used to work together to address the needs of the 2nd District, but now they must face off in the new 12th. Young helped get Carter on the council after Bea Gaddy's death. Young is a popular member of the council who has a thin legislative record but a strong reputation for helping constituents of his district get the services and attention they need from the city.

DISTRICT 13

Paula Johnson Branch
Democrat
Age: 54

Branch is a member of City Council. Lucky for both Branch and Councilman Bernard C. "Jack" Young, who served together in the old 2nd, they won't have to worry about competing in this election. Branch is a member of the Eastside Democratic Organization and has served on the council since 1991.

Warren "Maurice" Branch
Democrat
No information available.

Mel Freeman
Democrat
Age: 42

Freeman is an organizer for Belair Edison Housing Service. He says he wants to increase neighborhood foot patrols, minority-business enterprise programs, public-school and drug-treatment funding. He also advocates for higher health-care standards for seniors in long-term care.

Emmett Guyton
Democrat
Age: 34

Guyton works for Trigen Energy Corp. and claims credit for helping place Question P on the ballot. He promises to help the district get a fair share of city budget money.

Constance Maddox
Democrat
Age: 39

No information available.

Kevin Parson
Democrat
Age: 40

No information available.

Joe DiMatteo
Republican
Age: 52

DiMatteo is retired from the Army. He has served as vice president of the Belair Community Association, and his platform includes increased safety and sanitation for neighborhoods and providing support and services for youth and seniors.

Nia Roxcelanna Redmond
Republican
Age: 52

Redmond is an East Baltimore community activist and founder of the Kidscoop newspaper. She ran unsuccessfully for state delegate in 2002.

DISTRICT 14

Mary Pat Clarke
Democrat
Age: 62

Former president of the City Council (1991-'95), until she lost her attempt to unseat Mayor Kurt Schmoke, Clarke is a familiar face citywide, but she would be happy just to represent her district again. "I love these neighborhoods," she says of the new 14th District.

Kelly N. Fox
Democrat
Age: 31

Fox has ties to Mayor O'Malley: He was the mayor's appointee to the Civilian Review Board and is a member of the New Democratic Club. He is vice president of Black Professional Men Inc. and a member of the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs. Public safety is a priority, and Fox says her goal is to eliminate the "fear of the unknown."

Elizabeth Smith
Democrat
Age: 26

Smith is a secretary at the State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and if elected she promises that she will meet monthly with community association presidents and respond to all calls and e-mails within 24 hours. She wants to create a quarterly 14th District newsletter, advocate for an independent citizens' commission to approve council member raises, and lobby in Annapolis for city issues.

Grenville B. Whitman
Democrat
Age: 65

Whitman, a copy editor for the Afro American newspaper, is a longtime community activist and leader in the Charles Village area. He is running to draw attention to what he considers to be serious problems in the administration of the Charles Village Community Benefits District. He says the organization should be more accountable to the communities it serves.

"And They're Off" was compiled and assembled by Erin Sullivan, Van Smith, Waris Banks, and Wendy Ward, with invaluable assistance from Bryan Fuell, Jenny Lehman, Christopher Mather, Tori Woods, and Ben "Ironman" Yaster. Daily Racing Form perverted to our nefarious ends by Mel Guapo.

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