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Nicholas C. D'Adamo Jr.

Crowded fields, strong incumbents in City Council races

The incumbent ditched a mayoral bid at the last minute, deciding instead to try to hang on to his seat representing parts of Charles Village, Oliver, Remington and Station North. His challengers include a community activist who hopes to be the Baltimore City Council's first Latina member, an openly gay neighborhood leader who patrols the streets of Mount Vernon on a Segway and a college senior who has snagged the governor's endorsement. And then there's the labor leader, security guard and East Baltimore activist. And that's just in one district. More than 70 candidates are vying for 14 seats on the Baltimore City Council — a job characterized by lengthy...