Are we to lament that no Baltimore area politician is running for governor this year ("Running mate choices point to waning Baltimore clout," Oct. 15)? According to The Sun, Bishop Douglas Miles says that it's possible the candidates "are taking our votes for granted or perhaps they don't care." Moreover, he says, the candidates "have made a strategic mistake in disregarding Baltimore voters."

Why should the candidates worry? Baltimore voters vote slavishly for whoever the Democrat Party puts up and the candidate know it. It should be noted that Delegate Heather Mizeur, also a Democratic candidate, has chosen no running mate. I understand she's interviewing the United Parcel Service delivery man this week and the Federal Express man next week.

Mark Plogman, Pikesville