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Alan Walden, a past president of the Baltimore Council of the Navy League of the United States, is seeking the Republican nomination for Baltimore mayor.
Alan Walden, a past president of the Baltimore Council of the Navy League of the United States, is seeking the Republican nomination for Baltimore mayor. (Sarah Nix / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Longtime WBAL news anchor Alan Walden filed Tuesday to run as a Republican for Baltimore mayor.

Walden, 79, lives in North Baltimore's Cross Keys neighborhood.

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He will face Brian Vaeth, a former city firefighter from East Baltimore, in the April 26 primary. The last time a Republican was elected to office in Baltimore was 1963, when Theodore R. McKeldin became mayor.

Walden, a Brooklyn native, retired as morning anchor from WBAL-AM (1090) in 1998 after spending a decade at the station. He worked in radio for about 45 years with stints in New York, Ohio and Massachusetts.

Vaeth worked in the city Fire Department for 13 years until he was injured on the job, according to this campaign website. He was raised in Northeast Baltimore.

About 20 people have filed to run for mayor, including Green Party, Independent and unaffiliated candidates. The deadline to file is Feb. 3.

Among those squaring off for the Democratic nomination are former Mayor Sheila Dixon, state Sen. Catherine Pugh, City Councilmen Nick J. Mosby and Carl Stokes, lawyer Elizabeth Embry and businessman David L. Warnock.

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