BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has faced her opposition for the first time at a campaign forum.

The mayor appeared Thursday at an event focused on disability issues and was joined by a number of challengers. They included state Sen. Catherine Pugh, former city planning director Otis Rolley, former Councilman Jody Landers and Circuit Court Clerk Frank Conaway.

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Some of the challengers criticized the government’s efficiency by saying that frustrations felt by the disabled were a sign of bigger problems. Rawlings-Blake, meanwhile, touted the Mayor’s Disability Commission, which makes sure that the city complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Rawlings-Blake had not attended a number of other forums at which candidates discussed issues like job programs and economic development.

She plans to participate in a debate in two weeks.

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