The SUNPAPER reported yesterday that candidate for mayor, Stephanie Rawlings Blake, can expect to win with 50% of the voters in Baltimore City who are expected to affirm the job that she has done as an incumbent. She has had close to two years to make herself known in the office of mayor.
When discussing Maryland “team” players – also known as the Democratic Party – people often forget that the Sunpaper has been accused of playing the same team as Ken Ulman, Barbara Mikulski, Martin O’Malley, and Ben Cardin. This is not to say that this poll is wrong, but their polls have been known to be wrong in the past.
In the last Baltimore City Council meeting to be held before the Primary Election, the Council voted to ask state legislators to give the council a say when school board members for Baltimore City are appointed. Right now the governor and the mayor select school board members in Baltimore City. Evidently, a majority of Council members agree with democratic candidate for mayor, Otis Rolley, who said that the mayor’s work with the governor is more like a coalition than a Baltimore City advocacy roll. Mister Rolley depicted the mayor and the governor as metaphorical Siamese Twins.
The decision to contact legislators about a change in dialogue about the school board was a resolution. The Baltimore City Council has the power to enact orders, make resolutions, submit motions, and also appropriate and issue bonds. They can also alter and confirm the city budget. They approve the mayor’s appointments, i.e., the city assessor.
In order to vote for members of the Baltimore City Council one must be a registered voter, a U.S. citizen, and as resident in the district represented by the council member. City Council members are being elected this fall for a four year term.
There are seven Republicans on the ballot for Baltimore City members, and there are fourteen districts mapped out and represented in Baltimore City Council . While accusing the democrats of wielding social power as their source of governance, one should give the Republicans an equally dismal performance record because they do not take the authority to govern Baltimore City very seriously. They make no effort to control the majority. In the past, their party’s power has come from the board rooms of America. In 2010 Republicans tried to make the point that they were hard working people. Yes and no! They have got to take government seriously. They have got to take American cities seriously.
Baltimore City Council District 1 is located in the south east portion of Baltimore. It includes travel fares such as Eastern Avenue and East Baltimore Street. The incumbent city Council member who is running for re-election is James B. Craft. He is currently the chair person for the Public Safety Committee.
District 2 is located in the NE corner of the city. Nicholas D’Adamo, Jr. is completing his fifth term as a City Council member, and he is not seeking re-election.
District 3 is currently represented by Henry Curran. He is the son of J. Joseph Curran, Jr., former City Council member and Maryland Attorney General. Robert Curran is seeking re-election. He is a member of the Democratic Party. You can find street names like Northern Parkway and Harford Road in the district that he represents on the Baltimore City Council.
The Baltimore City Council does not include their voting record on their web site at this time. As the elections draw closer hopefully we can make some of that information available when discussing the candidates.