BALTIMORE (AP) — Candidates for Baltimore mayor will be gathering at Coppin State University for a forum sponsored by the city chapter of the NAACP, the Greater Baltimore Urban League, and the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The forum is being held Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the university’s Physical Education Complex.

Organizers say the forum will focus on issues including the budget, schools, youth programs, jobs, and police and fire safety.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is facing challenges from a number of candidates in the upcoming Democratic primary, including State Sen. Catherine Pugh, Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors Vice President Joseph T. “Jody” Landers, former city planning director Otis Rolley and Circuit Court Clerk Frank Conaway. Councilman Carl Stokes says he is considering a run.

Only one Republican, Vicki Ann Harding, has filed.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. lynda says:

    Let’s hope that at lease one of these candidates will get up and speak the truth – not promise things they cannot produce. Democrats have a long track record of sounding like they can help the citizens out when in fact all they care about is INTENTIONS. Intentions do nothing for a community.
    The truth is there are no jobs. The democrats have made sure about this. Obama is making sure there are no jobs. He is “equalizing the playing field.”
    As far as schools go you cannot make a student go to school who doesn’t want to be there or doesn’t think school is cool. Too many kids have no parental involvement and cannot stick it out because school to them is boring or they think it does no good. More money thrown at this problem will never help. Dangerous schools are also a lack of good parenting. Being poor doesn’t mean you should be given a pass when you are acting violent in school. My Father was dirt poor and he never acted like a thug. He didn’t use being poor as an excuse.
    I hope the candidates do not promise more tax dollars for schools. History has shown more money does not help. All day kindergarten doesn’t help either. That has been an all day babysitting service paid for by tax payers. This is wrong.
    What the city of Baltimore needs and many cities in America need are candidates who will inspire their people to do the right thing – if you have kids, be a parent to them; if you have a job – work to be the best; if you are young or unmarried do not have out of wedlock babies. Demand commitment from your man. If you are homeless or poor go to shelters or churches and ask for guidance. There are many professional out there who will help people who truly desire to help themselves.
    Mayors should not promise citizens grand things they cannot provide especially in these tough economic times.. Dependency is not a form of existence.
    And democrats need to stop telling people to covet their neighbors goods, money, jobs, lifestyles.
    Politicians needs to help people motivate themselves and quit blaming the past history of slavery or republicans or the cops or the schools or the government .
    Dependency is a form of slavery. Drug abuse is a form of slavery. Saying you have no alternative but dependency in America is just a lie. This is the land of opportunity but you must work to achieve – it is not handed to you – and especially not by a politician.

  2. BaltimoreDoomed says:

    Baltimore is dead, the taxes are too high and we can no longer support the ghetto.
    OMalley is a clown and is doubling the fees on everything he sees before he gets voted out. Vote D vote dumb.


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