Advocate Gaddy enters council race

Eight expected to vie for three seats in 2nd District

July 03, 1999|By Gerard Shields | Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF

Bea Gaddy, an East Baltimore advocate for the homeless, has announced that she will run for a City Council seat.

Gaddy, 66, will file Tuesday to gain one of the three East Baltimore council seats, she said. Gaddy is running to take her social stance to help the less fortunate into the political arena, she said.

Gaddy is one of three East Baltimore residents who will file to run for the 2nd District slots in an expected field of eight. Other Democrats joining the race this week included Ertha Harris, Andre R. Weitzman, a lawyer, and Robert R. Stokes.

Stokes works as an aide to City Council President Lawrence A. Bell III. East Baltimore incumbent Paula Johnson Branch has filed to return to the council.

Gaddy was one of 13 city residents who announced or filed to run for council over the past week, bringing the council field to 43 seeking 18 slots. Four candidates are running for council president, seeking to succeed the departing Bell, who is running for mayor. The latest addition to the council president race is Democrat Shelton J. Stewart.

Neighborhood activist William "Bill" Goodin filed to run in the 3rd District, which has two open seats. Also joining the race are Democrats Linda Cunningham Janey, John T. "Jack" Nolan and Republican Michael R. Matthei.

City Council Vice President Agnes Welch filed yesterday to return to represent West Baltimore. Welch, who had been discussed as a possible council president, said she decided to remain on the council floor to keep city government stable in a year when Baltimore will be getting a new mayor and council president.

"There is going to be a lot of turnover at the top," Welch said.

Also joining the 4th District race yesterday was business owner Catherine E. Pugh. Pugh brings the West Baltimore council field to six candidates. In Northwest Baltimore, Democrat Ed Potillo joined the race.

The three incumbents for the city's 6th District in Southwest Baltimore filed for re-election. Democrat Delano Saillye Bailey also filed this week, as did Republican Walter F. Green.

Community activist Joseph Brown has scheduled a 2 p.m. Monday announcement for his 6th District council candidacy as a Republican. The event will be held at Mount Clare Stables in Carroll Park.

The filing deadline for the race is Tuesday, when the city election office at 417 E. Fayette St. will be open until 9 p.m.

Pub Date: 7/03/99

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