Ministers announce political endorsements


Continuing a role it has played since 1968, the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance announced its slate of political endorsements yesterday at the conclusion of a 2 1/2 -hour meeting.

The group bristles at the "black ministers group" tag usually placed on it.

Ten ministers, who said they represented church organizations of varying denominations and racial composition, decided which candidates to back.

Most of the ministers refused to identify themselves, saying their choices were not based on personal preference but the will of the 350,000 members of the churches and other groups they represented.

Such support from the pulpit is said to have been instrumental in contests such as the 1970 election of the state's first black congressman, Parren J. Mitchell.

Decided last week were the alliance's decisions in the statewide and congressional races, including its endorsements of Democratic incumbents Sen. Paul Sarbanes, Reps. Kweisi Mfume and Benjamin L. Cardin and Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr.

Last week the alliance also endorsed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Parris N. Glendening.

Dr. William L. Calhoun, president of the alliance and pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in West Baltimore, said the group's deliberations yesterday over legislative races were the most difficult in his 20 years as a member of the organization.

There were no endorsements in several races.

For state Senate, the alliance endorsed Dolores G. Kelley, District 10; Ralph M. Hughes, District 40; Clarence W. Blount, District 41; Barbara A. Hoffman, District 42; Larry Young, District 44; and Nathaniel J. McFadden, District 45.

For state House of Delegates, its endorsements were Emmett Burns, Evelyn Campbell and Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, District 10; Howard P. Rawlings, Tony E. Fulton and Lisa Williams, District 40; Richard C. Barbee, Frank D. Boston Jr. and Margaret H. Murphy, District 41; Samuel I. "Sandy" Rosenberg, District 42; Joan Carter Conway, William Henry II and Abraham McCauley, District 43; Elijah E. Cummings, John D. Jefferies, and Ruth M. Kirk, District 44; Clarence "Tiger" Davis, Emmanuel S. Holmes and Robert Stokes, District 45; and Brian K. McHale and Timothy D. Murphy, District 47.

The alliance also endorsed John Anderson for sheriff and incumbents Mary Conaway for register of wills and Joseph H.H. Kaplan, Carole E. Smith and Martin P. Welch for judge.

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