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Community activist Kim Trueheart challenges City Council president Bernard 'Jack' Young

On any given Wednesday morning, City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young and activist Kim Trueheart might be in the midst of a cordial exchange or clashing — Young offering Trueheart a polished apple in a goodwill gesture, or banging his gavel amid her outburst.

The two Democrats — whose fiery personalities are often on display at weekly meetings of Baltimore's spending panel — are among seven people running for City Council president, including Republican, third-party and unaffiliated candidates.

Young, who has held the position since February 2010, said he welcomes Trueheart's challenge in the April 26 Democratic primary, saying that...