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Candidates for Baltimore mayor in 2016

The following have either announced their candidacy or filed to run in the 2016 election:

Richard Black, Democrat. Black is a certified public accountant. According to his website, voteblackformayor.com, the Baltimore native and father of three "has been a life-long champion for constitutional liberties and fiscal responsibility." He has spoken out against the $6.4 million settlement made by the city to Freddie Gray's family.

Mack Clifton, Democrat. Tirell Alexander Maxwell "Mack" Clifton was raised in New Jersey, but has lived in Baltimore since 2005. A non-denominational minister,  he writes on his campaign website that he participated in the rescue efforts at the Twin Towers after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as a member of the Texas State Guard.

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Sheila Dixon, Democrat. Dixon is a former mayor of Baltimore who was elected in 2007, as well as a former president of the Baltimore City Council. She resigned from office in 2010 after she was convicted of a misdemeanor charge of stealing gift cards intended for the needy. She paid a $45,000 fine and did 500 hours of community service.

Elizabeth Embry, Democrat. Embry worked in public service for years, albeit in roles not visible to the general public. Since January, she's been chief of the criminal division for the Maryland Office of the Attorney General and previously was a top deputy to then-Baltimore City State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein. She also was a felony prosecutor, served as acting director of the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice and was an assistant solicitor in the city's Office of Law. She holds degrees from Yale University and the Columbia University School of Law.

Nick J. Mosby, Democrat. Mosby is currently a member of the City Council for the 7th District. In four years on the council, he has backed a number of high-profile pieces of legislation. He has worked as an engineer for Verizon and is married to Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby. He went to Poly and is a graduate of Tuskegee University and Stevens Institute of Technology.

Catherine E. Pugh, Democrat. Pugh, who was born in Norristown, Pa., is serving her second term in the Maryland Senate, representing a district in West Baltimore. She is also a businesswoman who helped found the Baltimore Design School, a public middle-high school in East Baltimore. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Morgan State University.

Carl Stokes, Democrat. Stokes, who serves in the City Council and lives in the Barclay neighborhood, was born in Baltimore and attended St. Francis Xavier School and Loyola High School, where he graduated in 1968. He attended Loyola College. He has been a critic of tax breaks for Inner Harbor developers. He previously ran unsuccessfully for mayor.

Calvin Allen Young III, Democrat. Young is a 27-year-old graduate of the Harvard Business School. He has worked as an engineer at Sikorsky Aircraft and United Technologies Corporation. He attended Poly high school in Baltimore and served as a city youth commissioner.

David L. Warnock, Democrat. The 57-year-old Baltimore venture capitalist and philanthropist is a senior partner at Camden Partners, one of Baltimore's largest private equity firms and the former president of T. Rowe Price Strategic Partners. He has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware and a master's in finance from the University of Wisconsin.

Connor Meek is seeking to run as an unaffiliated candidate for mayor, which means he must gather 4,000 signatures from registered voters on a petition. A former mugging victim whose opinion piece in The Baltimore Sun led to policy reversals, Meek has said he aims to promote civic engagement and to reform what he sees as the failure of the city's bipartisan system, in which a victory in the Democratic party is tantamount to getting elected.

Collins Otonna has filed to run as an independent.

Bonnie Renee Lane has filed to run for the Green party nomination.

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