The following endorsements were based on multiple factors such as credibility of candidates, chances of victory, prior service to their district and more; as well as being offered up to the group of IMPAC (Independent Movement Political Action Committee) for endorsements; thereby taking it out of the hands of just me, as I have been paid by certain candidates making my sole endorsement slanted if given strictly by myself. The following are suggestive candidates endorsed by the group & seconded by this Examiner that would be good for the districts:
1st District: While 1st time challenger Jason Kahler is the type of candidate this district sorely needs, his lack of funding and district recognition would make it hard to beat the endorsed candidate James ‘Jim’ Kraft. IMPAC backed the councilman who’s usually not on the same side of most policy decisions as the group, however Kraft did ensure the passage of the group’s Lower the Age bill, even changing his mind and jumping on board to support the very important piece of legislation.
2nd District: This district was one of the only ones to have a unanimous vote in endorsing the young political phenom Brandon Scott. He has the background, the temperament and the goods to fill the shoes of outgoing Councilman Nicholas D’Adamo.
3rd District: Almost evenly divided in the vote on who should take this district for the next four years, the incumbent Robert ‘Bobby’ Curran barely eked out the endorsement over former school board member George Van Hook. In an increasingly black third district, Curran’s best bet would be to begin to mentor a young black predecessor for the 2015 election.
4th District: While the challenger Scherod Barnes has run a very credible and demanding race against the 1st term incumbent, Bill Henry deserves another term to prove his worth according to this group! Barnes should have stayed in the House of Delegates, as he served well in his short incumbency.
5th District: NO ENDORSEMENT (Though everyone in the group BELIEVES that the incumbent Rikki Spector, who has been in there since 1977, needs to GO…IMMEDIATELY!)
6th District:While both community activists running Mark Hughes and Rhonda Wimbish have proven their love for their communities, the incumbent Sharon Green-Middleton has as well as the district’s 1st term freshman and we BELIEVE that she deserves another term! (This Councilwoman actually won the Rookie of the Year award amongst freshman council members by this group!)
7th District: Another closely contested and split vote race, while no one believes that Conaway has not served this district well, and others were worried by the recent partnership of her challenger being tied to the Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake; while the talented blind candidate also recived votes; Nick Mosby got the votes mabd on Conaway’s living situation to overwhelming for most to vote for her and Mosby being an impressive young man the group could count on – hopefully?
8th District: This race was evenly divided amongst the challengers, being very strange as the recently convicted incumbent Helen Holton received ZERO votes of endorsement, while the two challengers, both great (young and older) men. Therefore while NO ENDORSEMENT was given, the group made it clear that a vote for Dayvon Love or David Smallwood would be great for this district! Though Love is young and new to the district, while Smallwood is proven in the district, many believe that Smallwood could use his past runs to really eke out a victory in this one?
9th District: While the candidate this group endorsed last year won in the 46th district for Senator, recently endorsed challenger Abigail Breiseth; this group does not believe that Teach for America group is good for this black district! Therefore, the votes were split amongst the incumbent Pete Welch, young professor John Bullock and Michael Eugene Johnson. Many speculated as to how Johnson wins with NO money, and anyone beats the incumbent with a much divided field; however Johnson received the endorsement anyway!
10th District:Bill Marker impressed many thereby giving him a close run to the incumbent Edward Reisinger who all but turned his back to the group during the hearing and push for the Lower the Age bill hearings – after initially being one of their biggest supporters? However, Reisinger needs tougher challengers to beat this entrenched politician – same recommendation as Curran!
11th District: NO CHALLENGERS however the endorsement goes to William ‘Bill’ Cole!
12th District: This was also a well divided vote, while many received votes such as community activist and group member Ertha Harris, along with the young candidate Devon Brown. The interesting part is that the “incumbent” Stokes received NO votes, while the Latino candidate, Odette Ramos; who would be Baltimore’s first Latina elected to the council pulled out an impressive yet close vote. After receiving the covenant Afro papers endorsement, that changed the mind of many hesitant in voting for someone not black in this highly populated African American district!
13th District:While the Young Antonio Glover was impressive, as was the impressive community and children activist Kimberly Armstrong, each receiving votes; the person who surprisingly got almost ALL the votes to win this endorsement hands down was the former WJZ-TV13 writer/producer Shannon (Baxter) Sneed! By the way, incumbent Warren Branch received NO votes!
14th District:Though there was NO Challengers in this district race, the entire group stood up and voted with overwhelming support for the incumbent Mary Pat Clarke! Probably the most excited endorsement of the evening!
City Council President:The community driven and youth loving Bernard ‘Jack’ Young received this endorsement, hands down without any votes going to the other candidates. The 15-year veteran has certainly earned this leadership position and should continue to craft his political prowess in this spot!
The Mayoral endorsement will be in Monday morning’s Examiner article!
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