Mayoral candidate residency rule restored to one year

June 02, 1999|By Gerard Shields | Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF

The Baltimore City Council unanimously voted last night to restore the one-year residency requirement for city mayoral candidates, reversing a state law approved in April by Gov. Parris N. Glendening that trimmed the term to six months.

Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke said last week that he would sign the measure. The state law, introduced by Baltimore legislators, was intended to entice Kweisi Mfume, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, to run for mayor. Mfume announced last week that he would not be a candidate.

West Baltimore Councilman Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr., who supported Mfume's candidacy but opposed changing the residency law, welcomed last night's council vote as keeping the city charter intact. Mitchell called the General Assembly's change in the city law a slap to the council.

"This shows some backbone and shows our strength," Mitchell said.

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