Like a Baltimore Democrat from yesteryear, state Sen. American Joe Miedusiewski will lead a torchlight parade -- complete with bagpipers and a ragtime band -- through Fells Point tonight, then declare his candidacy for governor.
Mr. Miedusiewski, 44, who has represented the city in the General Assembly since 1975, confirmed yesterday that he will announce his run for the governor's mansion on the square at Broadway and Thames Street.
Before, supporters and volunteers will gather on a parking lot at Thames and Bond streets at 6 p.m. and be given "glow sticks," while others will have torches.
Bagpipers and a ragtime band will escort the group east on Thames Street to the Broadway square, Mr. Miedusiewski said.
Mr. Miedusiewski, who last week resigned his 25-year job as manager of his parents' East Baltimore bar, will be giving up what is considered a safe seat in the legislature for a long-shot bid in the 1994 gubernatorial race.
Mr. Miedusiewski will share the Democratic field with candidates Lt. Gov. Melvin A. Steinberg of Baltimore County; Prince George's County Executive Parris N. Glendening; and state Sen. Mary H. Boergers of Montgomery County.