Joseph A. Scalia II, a University of Baltimore law student, said yesterday that the state medical examiner's office on Penn Street will serve as a backdrop when he announces his candidacy today as a Republican contender for mayor of Baltimore.
Mr. Scalia said the medical examiner's office, which houses the morgue, is an appropriate place to kick off his candidacy because he intends to make an issue of the soaring number of homicides in the city. As of yesterday, there had been 80 homicides in Baltimore during 1991, police spokeswoman Arlene Arlene K. Jenkins said, four more than during the same period in 1990.
"If the crime rate stays the same it's possible, it's likely, that someone you know and care for could end up there," Mr. Scalia said, adding that people need to feel safe if the city is to have a chance for survival. "The city is mortally wounded when a clerk gets shot in a downtown restaurant."