Job: Intervention manager for the city's public school system, which means Bundley works with troubled schools.
Background: One of the only candidates in the field who has previously run for mayor of Baltimore in the Democratic primary, Bundley received about a third of the vote against then-Mayor Martin O'Malley in 2003. Bundley, a former high school principal, ran a bare-bones campaign on about $150,000 that year and still managed to pressure O'Malley into a series of debates.
Bundley calls his main campaign pledge the "One Baltimore" plan. The plan calls for carving the city into 55 neighborhood clusters that would each have a 10-member "public service team" of city employees who would report to a deputy mayor. Each committee, made up of health, education and public safety officials, would then develop separate plans to improve the individual neighborhood clusters.
He made news after he was handcuffed by Baltimore police after leafleting cars with his campaign material during the 2003 campaign. Officers handcuffed him while they checked his identification and then released him. He received a citation for breaking a city law that prohibits placing advertisements on windshields, and he used the incident to characterize the city police as overly aggressive.
Personal: Married, one child. Bundley lives in Hillsdale Heights, a section of West Forest Park in West Baltimore.
Education: Southwestern High School, 1979; Coppin State University, B.A., 1983; Penn State, M.A., 1985; Penn State, Ph.D., 1990.
Election history: Unsuccessful run for mayor in the 2003 Democratic primary.
What's going for him: Virtually unknown in 2003, Bundley managed to capture 28,551 votes to O'Malley's 59,569 -- a surprising result. Though he almost certainly was not a leading candidate early in the race this year, Bundley is an assertive campaigner and appears to be door-knocking and leafleting aggressively.
Potential stumbling blocks: Many believe Bundley received a third of the vote in 2003 because he was the only candidate actively running against O'Malley and suggest that a vote for Bundley was a protest vote against the incumbent. If true, Bundley must overcome a much larger and diverse field this time around, including candidates who are more vocally critical of O'Malley.
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P.O. Box 1522
Baltimore, MD 21203
Job: State delegate representing the 41st District, a large swath of northwest Baltimore that reaches south beyond U.S. 40 and as far east as Charles Street. She is also an of-counsel attorney with Craig & Henderson, LLC, a Baltimore law firm.
Background: Daughter of the late civil rights leader Walter P. Carter, Carter's supporters like to point out that the second-term lawmaker received more votes in the 2006 primary election than any other delegate in Maryland. She has become one of the most vocal members of the city delegation -- openly criticizing Martin O'Malley for his policies both as mayor and, now, as governor. As a delegate, she also has called for an elected city school board.
Carter spent the early months of the campaign calling for a special session to address an increase in electricity rates for Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. customers, the utility which covers the city. She has said the city should take over BGE, creating a publicly owned utility. She has also called for more foot patrols and redirecting money that is being spent on police cameras to other police functions. As a delegate, she was highly critical of O'Malley's "zero tolerance" policy in which police made many arrests for quality-of-life crimes.
Carter was among the first candidates to say she was running for mayor and one of the last to make a formal announcement. As the only lawmaker in the race, Carter spent the first three months of the year focused on the legislative session in Annapolis, where she was prohibited by law from raising money for her mayoral campaign.
Personal: Single. Carter lives in the Hunting Ridge neighborhood in West Baltimore.
Education: Western High School (Carter would not disclose when she graduated from high school because she believes it is not relevant; an assistant principal at Western said the school only discloses graduation dates to employers who are checking the resume of job applicants); Loyola College, B.A., 1988; University of Baltimore, J.D., 1992.
Election history: Carter ran successful campaigns for the House of Delegates in 2002 and 2006.
What's going for her: A former City Council aide, assistant public defender and assistant city solicitor, Carter is seen as a rising star in city politics and has an extremely loyal following in her district and among a number of activists citywide. Her legislative district had the highest turnout in the 2006 election, giving her a large base with which to work.
Potential stumbling blocks: Like a number of other candidates in the field, Carter must work to expand her base beyond her single legislative district. Largely considered an underdog, Carter will have to fight hard to get traction against candidates who are likely to be better funded and who already have a desk in city government.
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3301 Liberty Heights Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21215
Job: Clerk of the Baltimore City Circuit Court.
Background: One of the oldest hands in Baltimore politics, Conaway -- who has been elected three times to the clerk position -- is the only candidate in the race other than Dixon to have won a citywide race. His wife has been the register of wills for the city for more than 20 years (she ran for mayor in 1999) and he has a daughter on the City Council and a son in the General Assembly.
Conaway has focused much of his attention on the crime issue and has called on the city to acknowledge what he says are false statistics regarding crime and school management. He has also vowed to give the police department greater autonomy, increase sentences for repeat offenders and kick off a police recruitment drive. In an effort to increase transparency, he has promised to post city checks in excess of $1,000 on the Internet for taxpayer review.
As clerk, Conaway oversees a $10.5 million budget and 270 employees, and is in charge of the court record for cases involving everything from custody battles to domestic violence, marriage licenses and criminal offenses.
Personal: Married, three children. Conaway lives in the Ashburton neighborhood.
Education: Douglass High School, 1951; Morgan State College, B.A., 1960.
Election history: Won elections to the House of Delegates in 1970 and 1978 and ran successful campaigns for clerk of courts in 1998, 2002 and 2006. He ran an unsuccessful write-in campaign for mayor in 2004.
What's going for him: As clerk of courts, Conaway has a platform from which to discuss criminal justice issues. He is a member of the city's Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, along with the mayor and other elected officials, and has an intimate understanding of the way criminal cases work through the court system. He also has a citywide base and a flair for theatrics that will likely drive media coverage.
Potential stumbling blocks: Conaway drew less than 1,000 votes as a write-in candidate against O'Malley. He also does not appear to be actively campaigning or fundraising, though that may change as the election nears.
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3300 Gwynns Falls Parkway
Baltimore, MD 21215
Job: Interim mayor of Baltimore since January; elected president of the City Council in 1999 and 2004.
Background: Dixon became the city's first female mayor when her predecessor, Martin O'Malley, was sworn in as governor this year. Since then, she has made the cleaning of public spaces, a renewed emphasis on police foot patrols and the implementation of a citywide planning document -- called the city master plan --themes of her administration.
So far, Dixon has run on her record as mayor and City Council president rather than proposing new ideas for the next four years. She has moved the city away from the "zero-tolerance" crime policy of the past administration, in which the police focused on quality-of-life arrests. She backed a citywide smoking ban, set aside an increase in funding for affordable housing and made new progress on the "Superblock" development in West Baltimore. This year she approved a budget that largely mirrored the one approved a year earlier by O'Malley.
Dixon is considered an ally of O'Malley. Though she has brought her own agenda to the mayor's office -- including the smoking ban and the greater emphasis on "community policing" -- many of her closest aides were originally O'Malley appointees. She has retained O'Malley's police commissioner (Leonard D. Hamm), housing commissioner (Paul T. Graziano), fire chief (William J. Goodwin Jr.) and public works director (George L. Winfield).
Personal: Divorced; two children. Dixon lives in the Hunting Ridge neighborhood.
Education: Northwestern High School, 1972; Towson University, B.A., 1976; The Johns Hopkins University, M.S., 1985.
Election history: Elected to City Council in 1987, 1991 and 1995. Elected president of the City Council in 1999 and 2004. Succeeded O'Malley as mayor in January.
What's going for her: Dixon, a former public schools teacher, has a strong base of support in West Baltimore, an area she represented on the council from 1987 to 1999 -- and she has also won two citywide elections. Though official fundraising numbers will not be available until August, she is expected to have raised large sums of money quickly. That plays into another important strength: the power of incumbency.
Potential stumbling blocks: Although incumbency brings advantages, it also brings liability. Opponents will try to blame Dixon for the city's problems -- from a rising homicide count to failing schools.
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429 N. Eutaw St. (2nd floor) Baltimore, MD 21201
Job: Training administrator for the D.C. Department of Corrections.
Background: Henderson, the only Republican running for mayor, is taking another stab at it this year. The corrections official who spent 20 years in the Army, including a tour in Somalia in 1994, said he would focus his mayoralty on crime, education and affordable housing. He also wants to help homeless veterans find work.
Henderson said that he would work to tear down barriers that have blocked progress in the past. Despite the fact that every elected official in town is Democrat, there is plenty of rancor. In past races, he has talked about reducing Baltimore's property tax rate, which is more than twice the rate in Baltimore County.
Henderson received about 12 percent of the vote against O'Malley in the 2004 general election. Henderson came under serious criticism in that race for splitting his time between a home in northwest Baltimore and a home in Carroll County. It is still a touchy subject for Henderson, who when questioned about his living arrangements recently said simply that he is a taxpaying resident of the city.
Personal: Married, two children. Henderson lists his address in the Park Circle neighborhood, north of Druid Hill Park.
Education: Graduated from the old Andover High School in Linthicum, 1968; University of Baltimore, B.S.; Sojourner-Douglass College, M.P.A.; Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville, A.D.. Henderson said he could not remember when he received his higher education degrees.
Election history: Unsuccessful run for mayor in the 2004 general election.
What's going for him: Henderson is guaranteed to win the Republican primary election because he is the only one running. He can sit cool while the Democrats tear themselves apart all summer.
Potential stumbling blocks: Seventy-nine percent. That is the percentage of registered voters who are Democrats in Baltimore.
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Job: Retired, social activist, landlord, teacher
Background: Kaufman acknowledges he is a perennial candidate and would also agree that his campaign for mayor is a long-shot, but -- in the manner of a longtime activist -- he argues vehemently that that should not get in the way of the issues he brings to the table. He is a socialist, but is running in the Democratic primary this year.
As mayor, Kaufman would "end the drug war" by legalizing drugs and prostitution in certain free zones of the city -- a move he said would all-but-eliminate the city's crime problem. He has called for allowing parents, students, teachers and others with a vested interest in the school system to vote for a school board. He has also vowed to eliminate the city's property tax on homeowners, replacing it instead with a progressive income tax.
Kaufman, a longtime resident of Walbrook, has been in and out of the hospital after suffering a near-fatal beating and stabbing in 2005 at his home that has required him to receive dialysis several times a week. Kaufman was beaten and robbed again in late 2006. After the second incident, he moved.
Personal: Single. Kaufman now lives in the Cheswolde neighborhood in Northwest Baltimore.
Education: Park School, 1950. Attended Goddard College, McCoy College at the Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State University.
Election history: Ran unsuccessful campaigns for U.S. Senate in 2004 and 2006, Baltimore mayor in 1999 and 2003, City Council in 1995, U.S. House of Representatives in 1996, and other federal, state and local positions.
What's going for him: Persistence. Kaufman has been pushing his platform for years, decades. Still, his positions are novel. Kaufman is frequently the only candidate on a stage -- when people let him on the stage -- who sounds vastly different from everyone else.
Potential stumbling blocks: Kaufman is not actively going door to door, waving signs on street corners or otherwise campaigning for the position. Because he is unlikely to raise significant money, he must rely on media coverage to disseminate his message.
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5953 B Western Run Dr.
Baltimore, MD 21209
Job: City Councilman representing the 11th District, which includes downtown and neighborhoods north and south of downtown. Before starting the campaign, Mitchell was a business development officer at Harbor Bank.
Background: Announcing his candidacy within days of Sheila Dixon's inauguration, Mitchell was one of the first candidates to officially jump into the race. On the council, he has sponsored bills to cut the city's property tax rate and repeal the city's energy tax (neither was approved). In 2004, he helped craft a $42 million bailout of the Baltimore public school system and, in 2005, was one of six "no" votes on the convention center hotel for downtown.
As mayor, Mitchell would seek to abolish the city school board that is jointly appointed by the mayor and the governor and give the mayor full control over the school system -- a move that would require General Assembly approval. He has promised to increase the number of police officers by at least 140. He has called for changes to the city's procurement policies -- most notably, eliminating the mayor's control over the Board of Estimates by reducing the five-member body to three.
Mitchell's grandfather, Clarence M. Mitchell Jr., was a leading national figure in the civil rights movement and was a Washington lobbyist for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Personal: Married; two children. Mitchell lives in Bolton Hill.
Education: Boys' Latin, 1986; Emory University, B.A., 1990; University of the District of Columbia, J.D., 1994.
Political history: Elected to the City Council in 1995, 1999 and 2003.
What's going for him: Mitchell, a former teacher, represents a district that includes downtown, where several of the city's largest businesses are located, as well as some of the city's most affluent harbor neighborhoods, including Federal Hill and Canton -- which he has used as a base for fundraising. Though the extended Mitchell family has had its ups and downs, the name is still well respected.
Potential stumbling blocks: In addition to running against an incumbent who has made no major mistakes so far, Mitchell must rapidly expand his base beyond the 11th District. He will have to seek funds from non-institutional donors, meaning he will have to work harder to raise money.
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1230 Druid Hill Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21217
Job: Manager of Schaefer-Nevada Co., a real-estate and securities firm that is owned by his children.
Background: A candidate for U.S. Senate last year, Schaefer makes no bones about his last name -- in particular its resemblance to one William Donald Schaefer -- and even uses "Do It Now," an old Schaefer line, as his slogan. He announced his candidacy in Little Italy and says he is such good friends with the other Schaefer that he loans him DVDs.
Schaefer said he intends to write white papers on issues throughout the campaign. His first recommends offering cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of criminals -- an effort he said would help convince reluctant witnesses to cooperate with police. He said he would fund the initiative with money confiscated by police or with private donations.
Schaefer has run for offices in other parts of the country that were once occupied by well-known Schaefer's (though the spelling often varied). In March 2004, a Las Vegas Review-Journal story noted that he was challenging Nevada state Sen. Ray Shaffer. He also ran in the Las Vegas area to succeed Jared Shafer as a county public administrator, the paper reported.
Personal: Divorced, two children. Schaefer lives in Mount Vernon.
Education: Mission Bay High School (San Diego, Calif.), 1956; University of California, Berkley, B.S., 1960; Georgetown University, J.D. 1963.
Election history: Ran an unsuccessful campaign for Maryland Senator in 2006.
What's going for him: His name.
Potential stumbling blocks: Voters may know the name, but not the candidate. Schaefer is going to have to work hard to let voters know his campaign is about more than his last name.
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1101 St. Paul, Suite 1712
Baltimore, MD 21202
Note: Two mayoral candidates, Phillip A. Brown Jr. (D) and Elbert R. Henderson (R), did not return a phone call seeking information.
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