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September 14, 2011
Baltimore is one of a few jurisdictions in the entire country, not to mention within the state of Maryland, that has a separate mayoral election where only four positions are voted for. Those positions are mayor, city council president, comptroller and city council member. What a significant waste of time, money and manpower. Baltimore should combine its mayoral primary and general elections with either the presidential election or, preferably, the gubernatorial election. There would be significant savings of money and, as demonstrated several years ago when Barack Obama was elected, an increase in the dismal voter turnout that we are experiencing.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2013
The Annapolis mayoral election was too close to call Tuesday night, with neither candidate declaring victory or conceding defeat. With 15 of 16 precincts unofficially reporting at 9:45 p.m., incumbent Democratic Mayor Josh Cohen had 3,468 votes to 3,518 votes for Republican challenger Mike Pantelides. Cohen said there were problems with one voting machine at a precinct in Ward 7. Only one of the two precincts in that ward reported results Tuesday. Annapolis elections officials said Tuesday that more than 300 absentee ballots were mailed to voters.
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By John A. Morris and John A. Morris,Staff Writer | November 2, 1993
Today's mayoral election in Annapolis may hinge on how many voters go to the polls.That's the analysis of supporters of the three candidates, Democratic incumbent Alfred A. Hopkins, Republican Laurance Vincent and independent Dennis M. Callahan.All three candidates promise to have volunteers on the streets encouraging registered voters to cast ballots and providing transportation to those who need it."In the end, it will come down to who is the most organized and gets their people to polls," said a Hopkins campaign worker.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2013
Annapolis voters will choose Tuesday who will lead the capital city for the next four years: incumbent Democratic Mayor Josh Cohen or Republican newcomer Mike Pantelides. Cohen says he'd continue to correct the city's financial woes, carry out a new vision for City Dock, and improve parking and transportation. Pantelides says he'd bring a business perspective to government, holding city employees responsible for providing good service and putting an end to tax and fee increases.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | May 22, 2002
A court challenge to Mount Airy's recent mayoral election - in which the incumbent was declared the winner despite claims that a write-in candidate garnered more votes - has been set for trial this summer. Mayor Gerald R. Johnson was sworn in for a fourth term Thursday, the day that two supporters of write-in candidate James S. Holt filed a civil lawsuit in Carroll County Circuit Court. Plaintiffs Michael Boyer and Constance S. McKain are asking that all ballots containing the name Holt be counted - which would give Holt the election, they said.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | May 16, 2002
Mount Airy's Board of Elections reaffirmed yesterday its decision to award last week's mayoral election to incumbent Gerald R. Johnson, despite discarded ballots containing the last name of write-in candidate James S. Holt. But the decision has exacerbated discontent over election results. Town resident Michael Boyer said he planned to file suit today or tomorrow in Circuit Court asking for an injunction to prevent Johnson from taking office Monday and for all ballots containing the name "Holt" to be counted as votes for James S. Holt.
NEWS
By Gerard Shields and Ivan Penn and Gerard Shields and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | July 9, 1999
Campaigns for some of the 27 candidates in Baltimore's mayoral race began to simmer yesterday with endorsements handed out, promises made and the first angry racial exchange. Candidates Carl Stokes and Martin O'Malley started the morning shaking hands at a breakfast fund-raiser for state Comptroller William Donald Schaefer. Schaefer, the city's former mayor of 16 years, said he will not endorse a candidate until after July 16 -- the deadline for candidates to drop out of the race.
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By P.J. HUFFSTUTTER and P.J. HUFFSTUTTER,LOS ANGELES TIMES | November 6, 2005
DETROIT -- Even death could not put this city's contentious mayoral race on hold. The incumbent, Kwame M. Kilpatrick, stood before mourners at civil rights activist Rosa Parks' funeral here last week and spoke of the need to empower the people. Outside the Greater Grace Temple, as hundreds huddled around Parks' white hearse, challenger Freman Hendrix campaigned - shaking hands, signing autographs and talking about his plans to deal with Detroit's unemployment rate, the second-highest in the nation.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | July 23, 2002
The outcome of Mount Airy's mayoral election is now in a judge's hands. Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. promised yesterday a decision by the end of next week on the fate of 240 discarded ballots that, if counted, would overturn the result of the May contest. Supporters of write-in candidate James S. Holt are arguing that the ballots, which said only "Holt," should count. "I represent citizens who feel they have a right to have their votes counted," lawyer J. Brooks Leahy said yesterday.
NEWS
By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | February 16, 1998
MIAMI -- More than 100 felons -- muggers and con artists, drug traffickers and a few killers -- voted in Miami's close mayoral election in November even though they had lost their right to vote.A pot-smoking jailer voted. He helped two inmates escape. A convicted former Miami detective voted. He covered up the murder of a drug dealer. And a homeless, crack-addicted thief voted. His voting address: the apartment next to the place he burglarized.The Miami Herald counted 105 ineligible felon ballots in November's mayoral election.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2013
Annapolis voters will start the process of selecting a mayor and city council to serve for the next four years with primary elections Tuesday. The Democratic and Republican primaries feature a total of five people running for the seat currently held by Mayor Josh Cohen: Democrats Cohen and Bevin Buchheister, and Republicans Frank Bradley, Bob O'Shea and Mike Pantelides. Cohen is fighting to keep the job he won by less than 500 votes four years ago. "I feel truly blessed to have had this opportunity to serve as mayor," Cohen said.
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Letter to The Record | June 5, 2013
Editor: First of all, thank you to the many informed citizens who attended the May 20 Aberdeen Council Meeting to express your displeasure regarding ordinance 13-O-05 [regarding pay raises for the Aberdeen mayor and city councilmembers]. This ordinance (if it had been approved that evening) would have increased the annual salaries of Aberdeen councilmembers from $7,500 to $12,000 (a 60 percent increase!), and increased the mayor's annual salary from $10,000 to $24,000 (a 140 percent increase!
NEWS
April 3, 2012
Election officials predict a record low turnout for the Maryland presidential primary election ("Key races, little interest in primary," April 2). Meanwhile, the state legislature just passed a law that would move the election of Baltimore's mayor to coincide with presidential elections on the theory that the turnout would improve. What's wrong with this picture, and why do all other jurisdictions hold their leadership elections to coincide with election of the governor, not president?
NEWS
March 22, 2012
I believe our elected officials have possibly misunderstood the essential purpose of moving the Baltimore City mayoral primary and general election. The purpose is to increase voter turnout. Elected officials "having their cake and eating it too" by giving state officials a free shot at state office and vice versa discourages voter turnout. Initially, proponents of moving Baltimore elections onto the presidential cycle justified their position by claiming turnout in presidential primaries in the city far exceeded turnout in gubernatorial primaries.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2012
Democrat John Delaney's campaign for Maryland's 6th Congressional District has brought a new manager on board a little more than a month out from the April 3 primary, the campaign confirmed in a statement Tuesday. Justin Schall, who has previously run campaigns in Indiana, Pennsylvania and New York, will replace Max Cummings. Delaney, a Potomac banker, is running in a feisty nomination contest against State Sen. Rob Garagiola and three other Democrats. “Our campaign has grown significantly and rapidly across the Sixth District," campaign spokesman Will McDonald said in a statement.
NEWS
By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2012
As a handful of undecided Maryland delegates wrestle over their position on same-sex marriage, they've received calls from national leaders trying to move them one way or another on the bill. Prominent figures dialing Maryland area codes include New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman and Cardinal-elect Edwin F. O'Brien — who called from Rome — according to delegates who've received messages from them and sources familiar with the calls.
ENTERTAINMENT
By M.M. McDermott | July 18, 2011
I was all ready this weekend to pull together a diatribe complaining about just how tepid the marketing for the mayoral election has been. But then I saw the above photo. With the exception of Otis Rolley's polished branding campaign, everyone else in the field has failed to put out anything that transcends a project in Microsoft Paint. Enter BlueManBmore. What mayoral candidate Jody Landers has lacked in dynamic advertising, he's certainly made up for in ... well, I'm not sure.
EXPLORE
October 26, 2011
As city administrator, my position serves "at the pleasure of" the mayor who appointed me, Craig A. Moe. I understand my position may end next month; and I accept that. However, one of my most important duties and responsibilities is to protect the city's exceptional employees. City employees provide the services that make our city a great place to live, work and do business. I believe I must speak out for our valuable employees to share the feelings they have expressed to me and their co-workers.
NEWS
September 14, 2011
Baltimore is one of a few jurisdictions in the entire country, not to mention within the state of Maryland, that has a separate mayoral election where only four positions are voted for. Those positions are mayor, city council president, comptroller and city council member. What a significant waste of time, money and manpower. Baltimore should combine its mayoral primary and general elections with either the presidential election or, preferably, the gubernatorial election. There would be significant savings of money and, as demonstrated several years ago when Barack Obama was elected, an increase in the dismal voter turnout that we are experiencing.
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