Schmoke sweeps to primary win Councilwoman McLean drubs Landers, Conaway in comptroller's race

September 13, 1991|By Martin C. Evans

Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke rolled to victory in Baltimore's Democratic primary last night, flattening two longtime political rivals in his bid for a second term.

"People said it wasn't exciting, that it wasn't entertaining. But, ladies and gentlemen, I'm Kurt Schmoke; I'm not Arsenio Hall," said the mayor, who steadfastly refused to debate his opponents in a low-key campaign.

Clarence H. "Du" Burns, the former mayor who dreamed of regaining the office he lost to Mr. Schmoke in 1987, finished a distant second, blaming yesterday's voter turnout of roughly 35 percent -- the lowest since 1979 -- for his defeat.

Mr. Burns mustered 29 percent of the vote, compared to Mr. Schmoke's 57 percent. Four years ago, Mr. Burns came within 5,500 votes of victory, a margin of 3 percentage points.

Councilwoman Jacqueline F. McLean took the most exciting contest of the day, besting Councilman Joseph T. "Jody" Landers III in a contest for the comptroller's nomination that for the first time since 1963 did not feature Hyman A. Pressman, who retires in December.

Council President Mary Pat Clarke trounced her only rival, community activist Daki Napata.

In addition to Ms. McLean and Mr. Landers, three other incumbents on the 19-member City Council will not return to office. Longtime east-side incumbents Dominic "Mimi" DiPietro and John A. Schaefer of the 1st District and first-termer Edward L. Reisinger of Southwest Baltimore's 6th District lost in the first election since last spring's divisive council redistricting.

The redistricting failed to increase black representation on the council as much as several black council members had hoped. (( The number of black council members grew from seven to eight with Melvin L. Stukes' victory over Mr. Reisinger.

The Republican mayoral primary ended in a photo finish for Samuel A. Culotta, John A. Scalia and Bruce K. Price. The contest is to be decided when some 4,000 absentee ballots are counted tomorrow.

The GOP winners will go into the Nov. 5 general election as prohibitive underdogs in a city where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 9-1 ratio.

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438 of 438 precincts reporting)

For complete results, see Page 8A

* Denotes incumbent

(Unless otherwise shown, all Republican candidates were unopposed)

Listed * are the top candidates for the three nominations open in each council district.

Mayor

Democratic

*Kurt L. Schmoke. . . . . 57.5%

Clarence "Du" Burns. . . 29.6%

William A. Swisher. . . . 9.7%

Mayor

Republican

Bruce K. Price. . . . . . 27.8%

Samuel A. Culotta. . . . 27.0%

Joseph A. Scalia. . . . . 27.0%

Council president

Democratic

*Mary Pat Clarke. . . . . . 90.4%

Daki Napata. . . . . . . . . 9.5%

Comptroller

Democratic

Jacqueline F. McLean. . . . 48.8%

Joseph T. Landers III. . . . 33.9%

Mary W. Conaway. . . . . . . 17.1%

City Council --Democratic

First (94% of 91 precincts)

*Nicholas D'Adamo. . . . . . 26.0%

Perry Sfikas. . . . . . . . . 19.3%

John Cain. . . . . . . . . . 14.5%

Second .5 (94% of 71 precincts)

*Anthony J. Ambridge. . . . . 20.2%

Carl Stokes. . . . . . . . . 16.0%

Beatrice Gaddy. . . . . . . . 12.2%

Third (100% of 79 precincts)

Martin O'Malley. . . . . . . . 15.5%

*Martin E. Mike Curran. . . . 13.6%

Wilbur Bill Cunningham. . . . 12.7%

Fourth (100% of 77 precincts)

*Lawrence A. Bell. . . . . . . 32.1%

*Agnes B. Welch. . . . . . . . 30.3%

*Sheila Dixon. . . . . . . . . 27.6%

Fifth (100% of 70 precincts)

*Iris G. Reeves. . . . . . . . 27.8%

*"Rikki" Spector. . . . . . . 25.5%

*Vera P. Hall. . . . . . . . . 24.0%

Sixth (100% of 50 precincts)

*Timothy D. Murphy. . . . . . 16.6%

*Joseph J. DiBlasi. . . . . . 16.5%

Melvin L. Stukes. . . . . . . . 15.9%

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