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Stokes to make mayoral announcement Wednesday

Councilman Carl Stokes plans to tell supporters that he is "definitely" planning to run at an event at a Charles Village cafe tomorrow evening.

Stokes, who also ran for mayor in 1999, says that he will not be making a "formal campaign announcement" and that he is not planning to file to run for office tomorrow.

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"My friends and my family have been asking me if I'm definitely going to run," said Stokes. "I've asked those who are able to come over tomorrow to Terra Café to tell them I'm definitely going to run for mayor."

Stokes denied rumors that he is contemplating a run for his current seat representing the 12th District or to unseat Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young.

Stokes said he'll leave the campaign event shortly after 6 p.m. to join the rest of the City Council for taxpayer's night at the War Memorial Building, a public forum for residents to share their thoughts on Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's proposed budget.

"I'm not going to miss taxpayers night," said Stokes. "That wouldn't be a signal for anybody."So far, two candidates have filed to run against Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake -- former city planning director Otis Rolley and Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors vice president Joseph T. "Jody" Landers.

State Sen. Catherine Pugh has sent invitations for a fundraiser for a mayoral campaign next month, but has not officially declared her bid for office. City Clerk of Courts and perennial mayoral candidate Frank M. Conaway Sr. has also said he plans to run.

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