Sharon Green Middleton

11 Democrats running for clerk of Baltimore court — some who've been there as criminal defendants

11 Democrats running for clerk of Baltimore court — some who've been there as criminal defendants

Marilyn Bentley is the accidental Clerk of the Baltimore Circuit Court. After working in the office for nearly two decades, Bentley landed the top job two years ago after her two previous bosses died in office.

Now the former deputy clerk is the incumbent looking to hold onto the office against an unusually crowded and bizarre field of 11 Democrats seeking the job in the June 26 primary election.

Some candidates have experience in the courthouse — as criminal defendants.

The position ranks among the lowest-profile elected offices in the city, but the stakes of the election are more significant than most voters might realize. The winner will control a $22 million budget...

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