On election night, it's customary for candidates to throw a big shindig for themselves even if they know they're toast.
Well, Frank Conaway is not your conventional candidate. Asked if he had party plans for tonight, the Baltimore Circuit Court Clerk and wannabe rapper was incredulous.
"A party? Oh, no, I'm not having a party," he said. "I'm tired, man. I need rest."
Sorry to break to you, folks. Conaway won't even sing his trademark rap. His plans are to invite a few friends and relatives over to his home. The general public is not invited.
The other candidates have more lavish events planned.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has chosen to wait out the returns tonight at a new venue, Baltimore Soundstage, the former home of Mist. The mayor must be expecting a big turnout - Soundstage is a spacious room with one very big stage.
The general public is invited to come to the venue starting at 7:30 p.m. Joe Squared, which just opened a second location a few doors down, will be on hand with pizza samples.
Otis Rolley is striking a cocky note in the announcement on his plans for tonight. He's calling his event at the Creme Restaurant and Lounge in Mt. Vernon a "celebration party."
Supporters, friends and family are invited. Doors open at 8 p.m.
State Senator Catherine Pugh will wait out tonight's results at the classy 1840s Ballroom at the historic Jonestown’s 1840s Plaza. She's also calling the powwow a "victory pary." She's expected to be there starting at 8 p.m.
Joseph T. "Jody" Landers is keeping things low-key tonight. He's planning on working the polls in Ramblewood until they close, a spokesman said. Then, he'll head over to his campaign headquarters at 201 Key Highway at 8:30 p.m.
Most people in town, meanwhile, will likely be dozing off at home. Only between 20 and 25 percent of registered voters are expected to go to the polls today, said elections director Armstead B. Crowley Jones Sr.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun