Getting your hat in the ring

June 26, 1999

Is it that bad a job?

So far, the Annapolis folks working so diligently to draft a candidate for Baltimore mayor are batting 0-for-2. First NAACP President Kweisi Mfume avoided the draft, and now former Police Commissioner Bishop L. Robinson has said thanks but no thanks, too.

You've got to wonder what these people are doing wrong. To make things more attractive for a potential candidate, the powers behind the draft-a-mayor cause have done everything from loosening up residency requirements to easing those pesky income limits.

Now the filing deadline -- Tuesday, July 6 -- is almost upon us. With all due respect to those fine civic leaders already declared for mayor, surely there is someone out there willing to be drafted into service as a candidate that Rep. Howard P. Rawlings and former governor William Donald Schaefer can live with.

How about you?

If you are willing, and think you are able, send us a letter or e-mail of no more than 100 words describing your unique qualifications and why you would be the best candidate to be drafted. (And please -- be clear about any specific conditions you have in order to run so the drafters can avoid that messy situation they got into with Mr. Mfume.)

Though we make no promises, we'll pass your submissions along to the draft-a-mayor campaign. If you suddenly hear from them, you'll know who to thank.

We might also print a few. Then, who knows? Even if Rawlings and Schaefer don't draft you, maybe someone else will.

Send letters to: Draft Me!, c/o Features Department, Baltimore Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore MD 21278. Send e-mail to sun.fea tures@baltsun.com. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. Submissions must be received by Wednesday, June 30.

Pub Date: 6/26/99

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