Mayoral candidate Stokes back on the road after flap over driver's license suspension

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

Baltimore mayoral candidate Carl Stokes is back on the road after clearing up yesterday a driver's license suspension that state motor vehicle officials said resulted from his failure to pay a ticket issued in November for running a stop sign.

Stokes' driving troubles surfaced Thursday when The Sun learned that he was driving with a suspended license. Stokes received a ticket in January for speeding, and state records showed yesterday that he had paid the ticket, as he had contended.

But his license remained suspended, the state said, because of Stokes' failure to pay the stop-sign ticket. The infraction occurred about 5 p.m. Nov. 19 at Guilford Avenue and 20th Street.

Yesterday, Stokes paid the $70 fine for that violation and his license was reinstated.

"Any problems as they relate to traffic violations have been resolved," Stokes said in a statement yesterday. "I will continue to focus on the issues that are facing our city and will not be distracted."

Stokes is one of 10 candidates seeking to become Baltimore's 47th mayor by succeeding Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke. Stokes' opponents include City Council President Lawrence A. Bell III, Register of Wills Mary W. Conaway and Northeast Baltimore City Councilman Martin O'Malley.

The Sept. 14 primary ballot also includes neighborhood activists William Edward Roberts Sr., Phillip A. Brown Jr. and A. Robert Kaufman, founder of the City Wide Coalition, which wants the city to create an auto insurance co-op.

Republican candidates are Roberto Marsili of Little Italy, Arthur W. Cuffie Jr. and Dorothy C. Jennings.

Pub Date: 6/26/99

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