The Nov. 5 election is just a few weeks away, but one has to look hard for evidence of a general election campaign. The three citywide races are non-existent. The only planned activity that will permit voters to compare Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke with Samuel A. Culotta, the GOP candidate, is a television debate scheduled for Oct. 25. No comparable debate is planned between City Council President Mary Pat Clarke and her Republican challenger, Anthony D. Cobb, or Jacqueline McLean and Marshall W. Jones Jr., the Democratic and Republican contenders for the city comptroller's job.
This is an unhealthy situation which disturbs us greatly. At a time when Baltimore is confronted with stark budget cutting choices, no one is discussing the issues. Neither Mr. Schmoke nor Mr. Culotta has offered a comprehensive platform that would detail their plans or ideas for the next four years. This is a scandal that suggests they have little respect for voters. Is it a wonder, then, that fewer and fewer people bother to go to the polls?
Things look a bit brighter in some of the races for the 18 seats on the redistricted City Council. In Northeast Baltimore's Third District, Republican Elaine E. Urbanski is waging a serious and professional campaign against the three Democratic nominees. The odds are not in her favor: Baltimore has not had a Republican City Council member since 1942. But as the only woman candidate in a district which has traditionally elected males, she may be able to pull a strong vote.