The New Democratic Coalition-5, one of the major political organizations in the councilmanic 5th District, last night endorsed Mayor Kurt Schmoke and City Council President Mary Pat Clarke for re-election.
NDC-5 also voted to endorse Councilman Joseph T. "Jody" Landers, D-3rd, for city comptroller and the re-election of incumbent Councilwomen Vera P. Hall, Iris G. Reeves and Rochelle "Rikki" Spector, all D-5th.
About 30 of the organization's 100 members made the endorsements last night at a candidates' forum at First Christian Church on Roland Avenue.
The forum, like most campaigns this year, was low-key, although Democratic mayoral challenger Clarence H. Du Burns attacked Schmoke's record managing the city jail.
Some NDC-5 members later came to Schmoke's defense.
"I've heard so many bad things about Baltimore, I was ready to take off and leave," a woman said. "If we can just instill some pride in our young people . . . I don't think Mayor Schmoke can do it alone."
Sheldon Laskin, NDC-5 president, attributed the low turnout at the forum to vacationing members and lackluster campaigns. "It's not a campaign that has aroused a great deal of passion," he said.