Issues as varied as residents in city's 3rd, 4th, 14th districts

Council candidates focus on crime, schools, services

Election 2004

October 27, 2004|By Kelly Brewington | Kelly Brewington,SUN STAFF

In the city's northeast corner, the 3rd, 4th and 14th City Council districts comprise the stately neighborhoods of Guilford and Homeland, the campuses of Morgan State University, the Johns Hopkins University and Loyola College, and business districts along Harford and York roads.

Like council candidates throughout the city, office-seekers in these districts promise to be tough on crime and improve the city's struggling schools, hoping to keep homeowners from moving across the county line.

Improving Harford Road, the backbone of solidly middle-class District 3, has been a concern of the City Council, which last year voted to restrict storefront churches in favor of an urban renewal plan. Councilman Robert W. Curran, a Democrat, faces challengers Carlos M. Torres, a Republican, and Bill Barry, a Green Party candidate.

Councilman Kenneth N. Harris faces Republican Armand Girard and Green Party challenger David G.S. Greene in the income-diverse 4th District that straddles York Road. The district includes the historic Senator Theatre, the refurbished Belvedere Square shopping center, boarded-up storefronts south on York Road and the Habitat for Humanity homes of Pen Lucy.

Former City Council President Mary Pat Clarke, a Democrat, faces Green Party candidate Myles B. Hoenig in District 14, a racially and economically mixed area of neighborhoods such as Oakenshawe, Hampden, and some parts of Charles Village. The district is also home to Clifton Park and the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus.

District 3

Name: Robert W. Curran, 54

Party: Democrat

Occupation: Full-time City Council member.

Education: Attended Mount St. Mary's College and Community College of Baltimore County.

Public Service: City Council member since 1995; member, Democratic Party of Maryland Central Committee.

Issue: "Commercial revitalization of the Harford Road corridor needs to be done. And we need more police protection and faster response times."

Name: Carlos M. Torres, 40

Party: Republican

Occupation: Assistant service manager, Pep Boys.

Education: Overlea High School; attended Essex Community College.

Public Service: Member, mayor's transition team for neighborhood revitalization; former commissioner, Board of Recreation and Parks; member, City Council President's Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board.

Issue: "Most constituents are most concerned about government response and government services. Their taxes are going up, but their services aren't there."

Name: Bill Barry, 62

Party: Green

Occupation: Director of Labor Studies, Community College of Baltimore County.

Education: Williams College.

Public Service: Lauraville Improvement Association.

Issue: "The failure of the city to financially support our neighborhoods. There are tax giveaways to large developers on the harbor, but meanwhile 10,000 working people a year leave the city because of services and schools."

District 4

Name: Kenneth N. Harris, 41

Party: Democrat

Occupation: Director of business services, Comcast Cable, Maryland-Delaware region.

Education: Dunbar High School; Morgan State University.

Public Service: Council member since 1999; PTA president, Leith Walk Elementary School.

Issue: "I would like to see the Baltimore City Police Department return to the traditional way of policing. So much has been spent on technological approaches while local police precincts across the city are suffering."

Name: Armand F. Girard, 66

Party: Republican

Occupation: Retired teacher, part-time staff member Harbor City High School.

Education: Undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Johns Hopkins University.

Public Service: Usher, Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.

Issue: "With the homicide rate where it is, we're headed for 290 this year. Boston has the same population, but they've only had 46. Something is wrong. And it's with the leadership."

Name: David G.S. Greene, 69

Party: Green

Occupation: Retired physics professor, Towson University.

Education: Culver Military Academy; attended Haverford College and graduated from Alfred University; post-graduate degrees from Johns Hopkins and University of Wisconsin.

Public Service: Various committee chair positions, Religious Society of Friends; board of trustees member, Sandy Spring Friends School.

Issue: "What I hear from people in my district is they want to reduce crime. And to reduce crime, you have to get rid of the roots of crime. I think we should push toward taking the profits out of drugs, which takes away the street trade and takes away the addicts."

District 14

Name: Mary Pat Clarke, 63

Party: Democrat

Occupation: Adjunct faculty member, Johns Hopkins, Maryland Institute College of Art.

Education: Immaculata College; graduate degree from University of Pennsylvania.

Public Service: Former City Council member, 16 years.

Issue: "The most important issue is public education for the children. It dictates the quality of life in the neighborhoods. It determines our ability to market our neighborhoods for homeownership and to keep families in tact."

Name: Myles B. Hoenig, 49

Party: Green

Occupation: English as a Second Language teacher, Chinquapin Middle School.

Education: Undergraduate and graduate degrees from University of Maryland.

Public Service: Staff director, Clean Water Action; president, Waverly Improvement Association; board member, Literacy Advisory Board of Greater Homewood.

Issue: "One of the big problems that I am seeing working with communities is the process of dealing with city government. It is all geared to appease the special interests. The community has to adjust to the special-interest needs rather than the other way around."

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