Councilman will run for re-election

4th District's Mitchell decides against bid for council president seat

June 26, 1999|By Gerard Shields | Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF

West Baltimore City Councilman Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr. has filed for re-election to his 4th District council seat, opting to seek more experience rather than the council presidency.

Mitchell is one of seven council candidates who have filed this week to run for seats on the 19-member council. The additions bring the number of council hopefuls to 30.

Mitchell's name surfaced early in the election season as a possible candidate to succeed council President Lawrence A. Bell III, who is running for mayor. After filing his election papers surrounded by family members Tuesday, Mitchell said, "I just felt I needed a little more seasoning."

Mitchell's 4th District colleague, Sheila Dixon, is expected to announce her bid to become council president at a West Baltimore prayer breakfast this morning. Dixon would be the third candidate to file, joining Clerk of Courts Frank Conaway and City Wide Coalition candidate David G. S. Greene.

Nathan C. Irby Jr., executive director of the Board of Liquor License Commissioners, said this week that he is considering a run for council president.

Republicans Michael P. McNamara and Robert N. Santoni Sr. filed to run in the 1st District, which encompasses Southeast Baltimore. The district appears to have the most crowded field, with eight candidates seeking three seats.

Sylvia Williams, a Democrat, joined the field of four candidates vying for two open seats in the city's 3rd District. In the 4th, Mitchell was joined this week by Democrat Kwame Kenyatta-Bey and Republican Jeffrey B. Smith Jr.

The new addition to the 6th District race is Richard Charles Barbee.

Dixon is expected to make her announcement to run for council president today at 10 a.m. at Pennsylvania Avenue AME Zion Church, 1128 Pennsylvania Ave., after the fourth annual Community Prayer Breakfast.

Pub Date: 6/26/99

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