Tomorrow voters in Baltimore city, where Democrats outnumber Republicans 9-to-1, go to the polls in a general election whose outcome is all but a foregone conclusion.
For the three citywide offices, we support the re-election of Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and City Council President Mary Pat Clarke. In the race for city comptroller, 2nd District Councilwoman Jacqueline McLean clearly is the best qualified candidate.
Of the 12 City Council seats being contested, we support the Democratic nominees in all except the 3rd District, where we urge voters to choose Republican Elaine Urbanski over Democratic incumbent Wilbur E. "Bill" Cunningham.
Urbanski, a utility company community relations specialist, has waged a spirited door-to-door campaign. Incongruously, her slogan, "Take back your city," has been attacked as racially divisive by Cunningham, whose own relations with the black community in his district have been marked by such acrimony that we cannot endorse his re-election. In our view, Cunningham's charge is groundless and further evidence that he lacks the sensitivity to represent all the district's residents.
In other items on the ballot, we urge voters to approve each of the city bond issues, Questions A through K, and the charter amendment, Question L, which would create 18 single-member City Council districts to replace Baltimore's present six, three-member districts.