Mayoral Candidates

September 08, 1991


John B. Ascher

Age: 40

Neighborhood: Violetville.

Occupation: Political organizer, Southeast Literature Sales.

Education: Attended Antioch College for two years and Johns Hopkins University for two years.

Experience in community groups, activities: A 20-year political organizer, active in electoral politics, including Lyndon LaRouche's Democratic presidential bid; organizations include National Democratic Policy Committee, Schiller Institute, National Anti-Drug Coalition.

Other political offices: None, although I did previously run for Congress and city comptroller.

Most significant issue: We must reverse 25 years of destroying our infrastructure, our basic industry, and manufacturing base. The nation, Baltimore included, is in a deepening depression, with the financial bubble beginning to burst. Otherwise, the dope plague must be addressed with a real war on drugs -- not the

Kurt Schmoke-proposed legalization.

Clarence H. "Du" Burns

Age: 72

Neighborhood: Mura Street in East Baltimore.

Occupation: Former city councilman from 2nd District, vice president and president of City Council.

Education: Attended Douglass High School, at the time Baltimore's only offering to a black man. Honorary degrees from University of Baltimore Law School and Sojourner Douglass; doctorate of humane letters from Baptist Theological School.

Experience in community groups, activities: Instrumental in building the first Nehemiah project in the U.S.; participated in obtaining funds for Christopher Place, the first homeless shelter with money provided by Baltimore City; board member, Gentry McDonald House, Family and Children's Society, Baltimore Culinary Arts Institute and Children's Hospital Board.

Other political offices: Board chairperson, Eastside Democratic Club; State Central Committee; delegate, National Convention; former president of City Council and former mayor of Baltimore.

Most significant issue: The city does not have a single, most pressing issue, because we now face many problems, and they are all interrelated. The people of Baltimore are scared. Crime sweeps into every facet of their lives. Yet, they know that we cannot solve the problem of crime without a renewed and heightened commitment to the police, which I will guarantee. The people know that we cannot have safe streets until we finally begin to solve the problems of how our children are raised and educated.

Philip C. Dypsky

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Sheila Hopkins

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Gene L. Michaels

Age: 55

Neighborhood: Hampden.

Occupation: Taxicab driver for Checker Cab Co.

Education: Western Maryland College, B.S., education, 1958; Maryland Institute of Art, M.F.A., 1962; Germain School of Photography, G.P.P. (general professional photography certificate), 1964; also ranked first out of 600 officers in advanced military courses, Fort Benning, Ga., 1963; private study with watercolorist Eliot O'Hara, 1963.

Experience in community groups, activities: Judge, VFW Voice of Democracy; coach, girls' 4-H public speaking; watercolor demonstrations for nursing home; adviser, arts program for children, 3-18; arts council judge; member, bowling, soccer and baseball teams; campaigned for mayor in 1987.

Other political offices: n/a.

Most significant issue: Declining revenue base: 1. Relocate subsidized housing from high-profile development sites. 2. Remove hostile legislation aimed at homeowners and businesses. 3. Return quality learning environment to public schools. 4. Incentives/concessions to new industry or expansion. Upgrade and diversify work force. 6. Return city-owned houses to tax base. 7. Penalize housing code violators.

*Kurt L. Schmoke

Age: 41

Neighborhood: Ashburton.

Occupation: Mayor of Baltimore.

Education: Yale University, B.A.; Oxford University, diploma; Harvard University, J.D.

Experience in community groups, activities: Trustee, Western Maryland College and Yale University; former member board of directors, Planned Parenthood of Maryland and Baltimore Museum of Art.

Other political offices: State's attorney for Baltimore, 1982-1987.

Most significant issue: One of the most significant issues facing our community is the need to improve public safety. We will seek funds to fill all the vacancies in the Police Department and place these officers on patrol in the neighborhoods. Joint investigations with local police and federal law enforcement agencies will increase.

William A. Swisher

Age: 58

Neighborhood: Guilford.

Occupation: Lawyer.

Education: Law degree from the University of Baltimore.

Experience in community groups, activities: Teamsters Local 1010, American Legion, NRA.

Other political offices: Baltimore City state's attorney, serving two terms from 1974-1982.

Most significant issue: Many significant issues are facing constituents, and they are interconnected. The crime and drug problem is the most significant. Putting more policemen on the beat and enforcement of current laws are necessary. Improving the education system and providing good jobs will diminish the glamour of drugs and crime.

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