15 November 2010

2011 Baltimore City Election early look

The Baltimore Sun has an article about an early look at some of the already announced candidates and potential candidates for mayor in next year's Baltimore City municipal election.  Current Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake came to office after Sheila Dixon's resignation, so while she is the incumbent, she hasn't stood for election as Mayor on her own.

According to the Sun:
Otis Rolley, 36, who created the city's first master plan in 2006 while working for then-Mayor Martin O'Malley, has launched a campaign website and is aggressively raising funds.
Frank Conaway Sr., 77, the clerk of the Circuit Court, has announced a bid, saying the city needs "a father figure." And state Sen. Catherine Pugh, Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young and Councilman Carl Stokes are all said to be considering a run for mayor.
Perhaps the most formidable name that some mention — as has been the case for mayoral races stretching back more than a decade — is Kweisi Mfume, the former congressman and past president of the NAACP.
Mfume denies that he is planning a campaign, but he chooses his words carefully, leaving open the possibility that he could launch a bid for the city's highest office early next year.
With no other elections of note to follow until the 2012 presidential primaries begin, we'll keep an eye on this race as the most interesting locally until then.
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