7th Congressional District candidates

January 06, 1996|By Robert Guy Matthews

A graphic listing 7th Congressional District candidates in yesterday's editions of The Sun contained three errors and an omission.

The graphic misstated the number of Democrats running in the March 5 primary. There are 25 candidates. It should have said that Democratic candidate Lynn Sherwood Harris is male. It should have said that Del. Elijah E. Cummings lives in West Baltimore.

It omitted the name of Democratic candidate Vincent R. Cuffari of Catonsville.

The Sun regrets the errors.

The field of candidates for the 7th Congressional District seat was reduced to 28 yesterday from a group of more than 30 who had announced earlier they hoped to replace Rep. Kweisi Mfume.


There are 24 Democrats and four Republicans -- including five ministers, four elected officials, a handful of lawyers and other professionals, some laid-off workers and social activists.

The candidates and their goals:


* Mary W. Conaway -- 52, Ashburton. Pastor at John Wesley-Waterbury United Methodist Church in Anne Arundel County from 1991-1994 and now register of wills for Baltimore City. Ran for Baltimore City Comptroller in 1991. Would attract new jobs to the city, go after private industry and expand the Social Security Administration in the area.

* Elijah E. Cummings -- 44, Bolton Hill. A four-term delegate from the 44th legislative district and speaker pro tem of the Maryland House of Delegates. Would be more accessible to his constituents.

* Clarence "Tiger" Davis -- 53, East Baltimore. Delegate from the 45th legislative district since 1983. Former civil rights worker. He would relocate the congressional district offices into depressed areas to offer easier access for help, would spend more time in the district, shunning a national leadership role.

* Mark J. Einstein -- 46, Guilford. A certified public accountant who calls himself the "Education Candidate." He would give education and housing a larger chunk of the budget and make up the difference by cutting back on defense and foreign policy spending.

* Lynn Sherwood Harris -- 38, Sandtown-Winchester. A deputy clerk for Baltimore Circuit Court. She would organize protests and product boycotts to make private businesses more socially responsible to communities' needs.

* Ava M. Herndon -- 38, Rosemont. Last worked as a claims negotiator, attended University of Maryland law school two years. Her district office would operate as a help center for residents affected by pending budget cuts.

* Arnold W. Howard -- 45, Ashburton. Pastor of Enon Baptist Church and president of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance. Priorities include working for higher wages for workers accustomed to living on minimum wage.

* A. Robert Kaufman -- 64, Walbrook. Social activist who has run for several elected offices. Latest attempt was the 4th councilmanic district in Baltimore City. Said he runs primarily "to force a dialogue of campaign."

* Delores G. Kelley -- 59, Randallstown. State Senator from the 10th Legislative District and Senate chair of the Joint Committee on Federal Relations. Also a professor at Coppin State University in Baltimore.

* Dora D. Logue -- 60, Guilford. Psychiatrist who wants a graduated tax with loopholes for the very affluent that would encourage the affluent to spend money and fuel the economy. Also would reform health care to operate as a single payer system.

* Salima Siler Marriot -- 55, Park Heights. Second-term delegate from the 40th legislative district in West Baltimore and a professor at Morgan State University. Would focus on creating jobs and building coalition within Congress.

* Gregory P. McDonald -- Anne Arundel County. Did not respond to telephone calls.

* Wayne C. McLaughlin -- 52, Woodlawn. Operations analyst who charges that previous holders of the seat did not represent everyone well enough in the district. Supports term limits and bringing industries to the district through tax incentives.

* E. Peter Melcalvage II -- 26, Mill Hill/St. Benedict's area. Law clerk who will graduate from the University of Maryland School of Law this May. Says that quality jobs have left the area because of free trade agreements with other countries.

* Traci K. Miller -- 28, downtown Baltimore. Assistant state's attorney in the city's Juvenile Courts Division. Has taken a leave of absence to run for office. Would bring more high technology-based businesses to the district through tax incentives, reduce class sizes and give teachers more money.

* Kenneth C. Montague Jr. -- 53, Waverly. A lawyer and third-term delegate from the 43rd district. Would work to establish a national family policy that in part helps parents deal with drugs, raising families and sticking to family values.

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