Mayor candidates to field questions on Channel 22

August 27, 1999|By Gerard Shields | Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF

Baltimore's mayoral candidates will appear tonight in the first of three televised campaign events.

Maryland Public Television will present a question-and-answer session with the four best-known Democratic primary candidates. The show will be broadcast from 7 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m. on Channel 22.

The program will be a warm-up for two-hour prime-time debates. WBAL-TV 11 will hold a debate Monday night. NAACP President Kweisi Mfume will be the host. WMAR-TV 2 will hold its debate Sept. 7, one week before the primary Sept. 14.

Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, who will step down in December after 12 years, said the debates could prove crucial in the tight race. Recent polls show City Council President Lawrence A. Bell III, City Councilman Martin O'Malley and former city councilman and school board member Carl Stokes in a dead heat with a little more than two weeks to go.

Also participating in tonight's event will be Mary W. Conaway, the city's register of wills.

The most recent poll by Gonzales/Arscott Research and Communication Inc., shows that one in five city voters remains undecided.

"The voters are sitting out there as a jury, watching the evidence come in," Schmoke said. "The televised debates are going to make a significant difference."

Pub Date: 8/27/99

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