The outcome of the councilmanic elections in Baltimore's 3rd District could well prove to be the acid test of the redistricting plan approved by the City Council earlier this year.
Before redistricting, blacks comprised about 44 percent of the district's residents. Yet the 3rd had never elected a black council member. By increasing the proportion of blacks to 60 percent, the authors of the plan clearly hoped to increase the likelihood of electing at least one black member from the district.
It seems equally clear to us that the incumbents, E. "Mike" Curran and Wilbur E. "Bill" Cunningham, have done very little to advance this relatively modest goal, even though the circumstance of an open seat left by Councilman Jody Landers' decision to run for comptroller offered them a golden opportunity to accommodate black political aspirations by forming an integrated ticket with one of several qualified black candidates in the race. They chose not to do so.