General election

November 05, 1995

This guide was prepared by the League of Women Voters of Baltimore City. You may take this voters' guide with you into the voting booth.

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This guide includes information only on those candidates whose names appear on the ballot.

Mayor

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Question asked of mayoral candidates:

Priorities: Briefly explain your top priorities if elected.

Kurt L. Schmoke (D)

Biography: Age: 45. Yale Univ. B.A. 1971; Rhodes Scholar, Oxford Univ. 1972; Harvard Law School J.D. 1976. President Carter's White House Domestic Policy Staff 1977; Assistant U.S. Attorney 1978; State's Attorney for Baltimore City 1982--1987; Mayor 1987--1995.

Priorities: My top priorities are to reduce crime and increase drug treatment programs, maintain the fiscal vitality of the City, promote economic development, and continue to improve the performance of our public school system.

Victor Clark, Jr. (R)

Biography: Age: 50. Baltimore Polytechnic Institute; Univ. of Baltimore, B.S. accounting. Ten years of sales consulting, three term Vice-Chairman, Md. Republican Party; over 20 years in business management and ownership.

Priorities: Reduce Crime through the use of community policing efforts with more foot patrols. Improve education through competitiveness among area school districts with built-in achievement rewards. Job creation geared toward a community based development concept creating more new owners.

City Council president

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Questions asked of candidates for President of Baltimore City Council:

Change: How would you change or keep the same the job of City Council President?

Mayoral power: Do you think the recent charter amendments give too much power to the Mayor?

Organization: Do you propose any changes in the way the City Council is organized to do its work?

Lawrence A. Bell III(D)

Biography: Age: 33. Univ. of Md., B.A. in government and politics. Serves as chairman of the Executive Appointments Committee, Chairman of the Public Safety Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Land Use Committee of the City Council; also a member of the Education Committee, Judiciary Committee, and Planning Commission.

Change: The office of City Council President should remain the same. If elected to the position I will emphasize the oversight functions of the council, since it is the body that passes the budget bill and it must make sure that citizens receive the best possible services.

Mayoral power: The office of the mayor of Baltimore is one of the most powerful in the country. It does not need any more authority.

Organization: The council is organized sufficiently to do its work. The main problem is a lack of independence on the part of many members who act only as rubber stamps for the administration. The council needs to behave as a partner with the mayor.

Anthony D. Cobb (R)

Biography: Age: 56. Drake University, Master of Public Administration. Past president, Irvington Community Association; former board member Drake Neighborhood Assoc., Des Moines; over thirty years' experience in teaching and administration, state government, legislative staff management, organized labor, and advocacy for the blind.

Change: Take lead in increasing Council's oversight through more effective program evaluation. President should be visible change agent and city booster, but demonstrate ability to collaborate effectively with mayor and council members while standing firm on convictions.

Mayoral power: Yes, left unaddressed is the central problem of mayoral domination of the Board of Estimates. The two mayoral appointees now seated as members would more properly and effectively serve as staff to an independent Board comprised of elected officials.

Organization: Council needs above all to involve neighborhood leadership through "town meetings" in structured, formal ways to attack major problems like the public safety crisis; build informed consent and assign priorities for legislation, and aggressively review city services and programs.

Baltimore City comptroller

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Questions asked of candidates for Baltimore City Comptroller:

Budget: Should the City Council have more control over the budget process?

Role: How do you view the "watch dog" role of the Comptroller over City finances?

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