Everywhere state Sen. Catherine E. Pugh goes these days, people expect big things.
Kids in the schools she visits call her "the mayor." City Council members, desperate for change, approach her with ideas to reform the city. The senior citizens she meets at bingo say they're counting on her to address the blight and income inequality they see all around them.
Baltimore's poverty, crime and vacant houses are problems that have confounded many a mayor. But don't tell city residents that Pugh, the Democratic nominee for mayor, must first win office to address them.
As she walks down a street in East Baltimore on a sunny afternoon, a man honks a car horn...