Napata bows out of his campaign against Clarke

August 02, 1991|By Ginger Thompson

The Rev. Daki Napata, an outspoken minister who went before residents of Southeast Baltimore in St. Brigid's Church hall last night as an aggressive Democratic challenger in the race for City Council president -- blasting incumbent Mary Pat Clarke -- concluded by saying his campaign was over.

He announced he would no longer campaign because, he said, he had been virtually ignored by the media and even by the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance to which he belonged.

"I grew up in this city believing democracy was real," he said. "I thought I would get a fair hearing and that all you needed to have was a good record of service and just be real."

He added, "For the last 20 years I have worked with the ministers, and they are going to announce [today] their endorsement of Mary Pat Clarke. I didn't think I got a fair hearing from them, but then they play politics, too."

The attorney general's office said that because the primary withdrawal deadline had passed, Mr. Napata's name would appear on the ballot.

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