Candidates' televised debate tonight may be only one of mayoral race

August 27, 2007|By Sumathi Reddy

Baltimore's mayoral candidates will square off in a live debate tonight, their first and likely only televised meeting of the campaign.

All eight Democrats were invited to participate in the forum, which comes with just two weeks left until the Sept. 11 primary.

In fundraising and a poll conducted for The Sun last month, Mayor Sheila Dixon and City Councilman Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr. led the group, with Dixon showing a considerable lead on both fronts.

The other elected officials running in the Sept. 11 election are Del. Jill P. Carter and Circuit Court Clerk Frank M. Conaway. Other candidates include schools administrator Andrey Bundley, socialist A. Robert Kaufman, businessman Mike Schaefer and PTA president Phillip A. Brown Jr.

Dixon, who was formerly City Council president, was elevated to mayor in January when Martin O'Malley became governor.

The debate comes as the Mitchell campaign has ramped up its attacks on Dixon's record and character with a series of negative television ads and automated calls. The Dixon campaign has responded with its own negative television and radio ads attacking Mitchell.

Tonight's forum will be broadcast live on WBAL-TV and Maryland Public Television from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The debate is also sponsored by the Greater Baltimore Committee and the League of Women Voters of Baltimore. WBAL-AM will also air the debate live.

The candidates will meet again at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Enoch Pratt Free Library at a forum sponsored by the league and WYPR-FM. The forum will be broadcast from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday on The Marc Steiner Show.

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