Ministerial alliance unanimous in backing...

7TH DISTRICT DIGEST

February 21, 1996|By From staff reports

Ministerial alliance unanimous in backing Howard

Baltimore's Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, traditionally the most politically influential of the city's groups of clergy, has thrown its support behind the Rev. Arnold W. Howard in the race for Rep. Kweisi Mfume's 7th District congressional seat.

The group, which represents hundreds of city churches, voted unanimously to back Mr. Howard earlier this month at Morgan State University, but didn't announce its endorsement until late Monday.

Mr. Howard, 45, pastor of Enon Baptist Church in West Baltimore, is president of the group. He recused himself from the endorsement decision, ministers said.

Endorsements from the city's clergy groups were key to the 7th District victories of Rep. Parren J. Mitchell and Rep. Kweisi Mfume in 1970 and 1986, respectively.

Pettit outlines anti-crime platform

A. Dwight Pettit has outlined an anti-crime platform that would emphasize interdiction of drugs at the U.S. border, drug treatment, handgun control and economic revitalization to provide more jobs in the community.

Mr. Pettit said he would push for more federal money for additional police officers and drug treatment programs. But he said he is not in favor of any efforts to decriminalize drugs.

He called for a national policy that would encourage countries where drugs are produced to cooperate with U.S. authorities in stopping those drugs from entering this country. Any failure to cooperate would have implications for that country's trade status, he said, and would affect any foreign aid it receives.

Women's Campaign Fund endorses Kelley

State Sen. Delores G. Kelley picked up another endorsement this week when the Women's Campaign Fund threw its support behind her.

The fund, a national political action committee that backs female candidates who support abortion rights, cited Ms. Kelley's record as a member of the House of Delegates and state Senate as the reason for its support.

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