The Sun sent questionnaires and a request for biographical...

September 01, 1999

The Sun sent questionnaires and a request for biographical information to all those running for citywide office and City Council in early July after the filing deadline for candidates. The responses aided the editorial board in making the endorsements that appear in this section. The candidates supplied the accompanying information. Responses to our questions from the candidates for mayor will appear on the Opinion * Commentary pages Sept. 7 and 8, and will be available on The Sun's Internet site at


Pay: $95,000; some have suggested a pay raise to as much as $150,000.

Power: By design of its founding fathers, Baltimore has one of the strongest mayors in the nation. The mayor is a dominant political figure, provided he can muster a 10-vote majority on the City Council. This is relatively easy, given the jobs and favors he can confer.

Duties: Running a $2 billion municipal corporation with 16,000 employees -- from public works to police. The number excludes the public schools work force, which is now independent of the city.


Lawrence A. Bell III

Date of birth: Nov. 14, 1961

Jobs held: Baltimore City Council, president, 1996-1999; Baltimore City Board of Estimates, chairman, 1996-1999; Baltimore City councilman, 1988-1995; dental office management, 1984-1987; Circuit Court clerk, 1983-1984

Volunteer activities: Charter member of Citizens on Patrol; member of the Baltimore Museum of Art; member of the Walters Art Gallery; participant, Young Responsible Father's Program; Baltimore City Jail Mentoring Program; Mentoring Program of Charles Hickey School; member of School 122 SIT Program; sponsor of Ms. Baltimore Scholarship Pageant, Juvenile Service Administration Foster Service Program; supporter of the Northwood Rams Pee Wee Football Team; Coppin State College Honors Program.

Mary W. Conaway

Date of birth: Not provided

Education: B.A. (voice major, education minor), North Carolina Central University, Durham, N.C.; M. Ed. in special education, Coppin State College; post-graduate studies in clinical psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park; and a M.Div. from Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington.

Jobs held: Music, preschool and resource learning disabled teacher, Infant's Programs Coordinator, an ordained older to the Baltimore-Washington Conference; register of wills for Baltimore City. She has been elected nine times in 16 years, five times citywide; currently pastor of Cecil Memorial United Methodist Church, Annapolis.

Volunteer activities: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., NAACP, North Carolina Central University Alumni Life Member, Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance.

Jessica June Davis

Jobs: Host of daily radio program, "The Moral Agenda," on WBGR, 860AM; senior pastor, True Word Deliverance Center Inc.

Education : Bachelor of Arts, Franklin and Marshall; Master of Divinity, Boston University; law degree, Juris Doctor, Boston University.

A. Robert Kaufman

Date of Birth: March 8, 1931

Jobs held: "Nothing too relevant."

Volunteer activities: City Wide Coalition.

Education: Goddard College, Vermont, 2 1/2 years; Morgan State College, about one year of credits.

Gene Lamar Michaels

Date of birth: March 19, 1936

Jobs held: Operator, water pumps, Union Bridge, Md., 1944-1956; plumbing, water works repairs, Union Bridge, 1946-1958; Lehigh Portland Cement Co., 1955-1957; high school teacher, Baltimore County, New York City, Montgomery County, 1958-1969; lecturer, University of Maryland Extension Service, 1967-1969; college teaching, Bay College, Catonsville Community College, Western Maryland College private instructor, 1972-1992; chief instructor, Army Basic Training Cadre, 1959-1960 (training more than 1,000 men each week); Training officer, Airborne Special Forces, 1960-63 ("The entire complement of men in my unit returned from Vietnam"); newspaper columnist, news and feature writer, photographer 1968-1971, Carroll County Times; home improvement, 1970-1987; co-inventor, Vehicle Lift Apparatus, U.S. Patent No. 5727,656, awarded March 1998; author, "Blue Mountain Bob's Recipe For The Good Life," 1997.

Martin J. O'Malley

Date of birth: Jan. 18, 1963

Jobs held: Attorney in private practice, 1990-present; musician, O'Malley's March; assistant state's attorney, Baltimore City, 1988-1990; legislative fellow, U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, 1987-1988; state field director, Mikulski for Senate, 1986.

Offices held: Baltimore City Council, member, 1992-present.

Volunteer activities: Member of St. Francis of Assisi Church; Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.

Education: J.D., University of Maryland School of Law; B.A., Catholic University of America.

Richard Riha

Date of birth: July 12, 1943

Jobs held: owner and manager, Riha's Hardware & Pools (since 1970); real estate licensed since 1977; owner, Real Estate Auctioneer Services; Insurance license, 1977-1996; savings & loan director for more than 16 years.

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