9/11: 5 blacks for mayor of baltimore, 2 for prez
for the life of me, i cannot fathom why 5 blacks – sheila dixon, jill carter, andrey bundley, keiffer mitchell and frank conaway – are running for mayor of baltimore.
even more, i cannot understand either why stephanie rawlings-blake and ken harris cannot come to terms on who should run for the council presidency, knowing that michael sarbanes is just waiting on deck and additionally knowing the history of an increasingly white voter base in baltimore. according to maryland’s dean of business, raymond v. haysbert, sr., the white voter base has grown substantially since 1999 and that the black voting bloc has significantly been reduced. hence, blacks do not have the votes they think they do.
the conundrum in both cases is that a pete rawlings and a clarence blount are no longer around.
they were bosses who knew their day role, bosses that made things happen.
the fact that there are so many candidates in baltimore’s citywide races, for me, means that the leadership of the past – or at least similar leadership – is truly missed.