City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

February 02, 2007

Forums set for political hopefuls

Thinking of making a run for office in Baltimore? Two deans of city politics are prepared to teach would-be candidates how. There is only one catch - the two likely will wind up running against their students.

Baltimore Circuit Court Clerk Frank M. Conaway Sr., a candidate for mayor, and longtime campaign strategist Julius Henson, who will almost certainly be running campaigns, are throwing a series of Saturday forums to teach people how to win elections in Baltimore.

The forums, they said, will be nonpartisan and nonpolitical and will give potential candidates a chance to learn about everything from filing for candidacy to handling the press.

"The best people do not often finish and win," Henson said. "In an effort to try to level the playing field, I wanted to do these workshops and seminars to take the mystery out of how you raise money and win."

The two created the Metro Political Organization last year. The group will hold its first all-day seminar at 8 a.m. tomorrow at Grace Outreach Center, 2605 Banister Road. The next three forums will be held on consecutive Saturdays.

John Fritze

Baltimore: Sentencing

Gun possession yields 15 1/2 years

A 35-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday to more than 15 1/2 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a gun and ammunition. U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett enhanced the sentence for Calvin Parnell after concluding that three previous convictions for felony drug offenses qualified him for status as an armed career criminal.

Matthew Dolan

Harford County: Abingdon

Dinner to aid fire victims' family

The Abingdon Volunteer Fire Department will hold a spaghetti dinner to benefit the family of the five people who died in a house fire Jan. 18. The dinner will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the firehouse, 3306 Abingdon Road. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children younger than 12, and free for children younger than 4. All proceeds will go to the family. Information: 410-937-8440.

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