Schmoke easily defeats Clarke Bell wins in four-way race for City Council president City Primary Election 1995

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke won a chance to build on his "foundation of progress" by turning back a determined challenge from rival Mary Pat Clarke in yesterday's Democratic mayoral primary with an unexpectedly wide margin.

With all of the city's 372 precincts reporting, Mr. Schmoke, bidding for a third term, had 59 percent of the vote to 39 percent for the two-term council president. Kelley Culver Brohawn, a water taxi driver, had 2 percent.

The Schmoke campaign declared victory at 10:40 p.m., and minutes later the mayor stepped before hundreds of cheering supporters who gathered at the Inn at Pier 5 at the Inner Harbor chanting, "Four more years."

Mr. Schmoke, who made history eight years ago by becoming the city's first elected black mayor, urged the crowd to "work together to restore our city."

"Ladies and gentlemen, you won, we won, Baltimore won," said Mr. Schmoke. "We have to move forward now in a wonderful dynamic way. We know good days outweigh the bad and the strengths outweigh the weaknesses."

Mr. Schmoke -- who stressed during the campaign that he was the only candidate who had the respect of state and national leaders -- appeared with Gov. Parris N. Glendening and received a congratulatory phone call on his car phone from President Clinton.

Mrs. Clarke, who sharply criticized the mayor's handling of stubborn urban problems and said that it was "time for a change" in the city's leadership, conceded defeat shortly before 11 p.m.

"We have lost," she told supporters at the 5th Regiment Armory.

Then Mrs. Clarke -- who built a reputation as a pothole-fixer extraordinaire during 16 years on the council, the last eight as president -- made a surprise announcement that she was leaving politics to enter divinity school.

"That's what I'm planning to do. I may change my plans," she said.

As recently as last weekend, Mr. Schmoke's mayoralty was thought to be in serious trouble. A weekend poll put his lead over Mrs. Clarke at 4 percentage points, down from 15 points in late July.

The supposed tightness of the mayor's race drew nationwide attention because a win by Mrs. Clarke would have marked the first time a white challenger had unseated a black incumbent in a major city where blacks make up more than 50 percent of the population.

But the race turned into a blowout for the mayor -- in part because of the largest voter turnout in a dozen years.

A heavy turnout favored Mr. Schmoke, whose appeal is strongest among black voters. Black voters have tended to turn out in lower numbers than whites.

Democratic turnout was 52 percent, up from 40 percent four years ago and 46 percent in 1987.

In several predominantly black neighborhoods in East and West Baltimore, turnout was well over 50 percent. In some of them, such as Clifton-Berea in East Baltimore and Edmondson Village, Mr. Schmoke outpolled Mrs. Clarke by a 10-1 margin.

Meanwhile, the mayor, who had to fend off criticism throughout the contest for his Afro-centric campaign colors, got more than a quarter of the vote in Mount Washington and Roland Park, which are predominantly white. Even in Mrs. Clarke's home precinct, Tuscany-Canterbury in North Baltimore, the mayor got nearly one out of four votes cast.

During the hard-fought campaign, Mr. Schmoke asked for a chance to build on his first two terms and criticized Mrs. Clarke for failing to propose reasonable solutions to the city's woes during her tenure in office.

Mrs. Clarke said the city had gone downhill while the mayor was in office and that it was "time for a change" in leadership.

In other citywide races in the Democratic primary, 4th District Councilman Lawrence A. Bell III won over fellow council members Joseph J. DiBlasi, Carl Stokes and Vera P. Hall in the race for City Council president. Mr. Bell was closely aligned politically with Mrs. Clarke.

Accountant Joan M. Pratt, a Schmoke ally, beat former state Sen. Julian L. Lapides for city comptroller, a position that has been vacant since Jacqueline F. McLean resigned a year and a half ago after a state prosecutor uncovered her scheme to steal $25,000 in taxpayer money by creating a fictitious employee.

But another Schmoke ally, 3rd District Councilman Wilbur E. "Bill" Cunningham was unseated. Another council incumbent, 1st District Councilman John Cain, seemingly lost, but that race was so close that it might hinge on absentee ballots.

Earlier yesterday, Mr. Schmoke, 45, and Mrs. Clarke, 54, took to the streets and the air in last-ditch appeals to their supporters.

Sound trucks plastered with Schmoke campaign posters cruised through city neighborhoods, blaring a recording by actor Charles S. "Roc" Dutton urging them to vote for the mayor, while a plane flew over the city trailing a banner that read, "Mary Pat Clarke for Mayor."

Both candidates made final swings through the city.

As Mrs. Clarke greeted voters outside Fort Worthington Elementary School in East Baltimore early in the evening, she was surrounded by placard-waving supporters of Mr. Schmoke. "It ain't broke, vote for Schmoke," they chanted, a play on the council president's campaign theme, "If it's broke, fix it."

On the Republican side, Victor Clark Jr., a car salesman from Rosemont in West Baltimore and an officer in the state GOP, won a three-way race for the dubious right to face the winner of the Schmoke-Clarke battle in November's general election. But with Democrats outnumbering Republicans in the city by a 9-1 ratio, a win in the Democratic primary is tantamount to victory.

The mayor's race was the only seat contested in the GOP primary.

In the first election since last year's gubernatorial contest exposed numerous mishaps in the city's voting procedures, officials reported a number of hitches, many involving redrawn precincts, but no widespread pattern of problems.

The race for mayor was hard-fought and bitterly contested from beginning to end.

The council president hammered hard on the stubborn urban problems of crime, job loss, low school performance and middle-class flight in an attempt to capitalize on dissatisfaction with the city.

The mayor countered by focusing on his accomplishments in office, touting innovations such as a needle-exchange program to reduce AIDS infection among drug addicts and private tutoring centers in public schools, along with the new Columbus Center and the Convention Center expansion at the Inner Harbor.

Mr. Schmoke put on a final blitz that included the distribution of tens of thousands of books and pamphlets highlighting what he had done in office. He also was boosted by endorsements in the campaign's waning days by U.S. Rep. Kweisi Mfume, a Baltimore Democrat, and Maryland Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein, two of the state's most popular politicians.

The Schmoke campaign also put Mrs. Clarke on the defensive with a television ad deriding her for introducing a bill in the City Council two years ago to place a 15 percent tax on profits earned by drug dealers from street-corner sales.

Mrs. Clarke campaigned almost dawn-to-dusk for 12 consecutive weeks, building on her reputation as a community advocate and picking up momentum from an unexpected endorsement from The Sun and a mid-August voter survey that showed her trailing the mayor by 6 percentage points.

Even more surprising was her financial prowess. Mrs. Clarke, who once was thought to have little chance of unseating the mayor, had raised more than three-quarters of a million dollars for her campaign by late August, a sum she touted as $50,000 more than she had anticipated and more than any mayoral challenger had raised in Baltimore's history.

As the campaign went into the final two weeks, Mrs. Clarke's cash balance of $136,282 exceeded that of Mr. Schmoke by nearly $40,000, even though the mayor's fund-raising total of $1.3 million was nearly twice the amount she had raised.

Mrs. Clarke had narrowed the gap between her and Mr. Schmoke from 15 points in a midsummer voter survey, in part by being the first to air television spots.

The start of the campaign was marked by speculation that former Gov. William Donald Schaefer would enter the race as a Republican or an independent. But an attempt at a reprise as mayor by Mr. Schaefer, who held the office from 1971 through 1987, never materialized.

Instead, Mr. Schaefer, who has made little attempt to mask his animosity toward Mr. Schmoke, endorsed Mrs. Clarke, putting him at odds with his successor, Mr. Glendening, who backed Mr. Schmoke.

ELECTION RESULTS

To receive final Baltimore City primary election results by phone or fax, dial Sundial at (410) 783-1800 and enter the 4-digit code 6200.

DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY RESULTS

All precincts reporting. * -- Nominated (l) -- Leading (i) -- Incumbent

C7 Mayor ... ... ... ... ... ... Votes ... ... ... Pct

* Kurt Schmoke (i) ... .. ... 83,959 .. ... ... 59.4

Mary Pat Clarke ... ... .. .. 54,658 .. ... ... 38.6

Kelley Culver Brohawn ... ... 2,841 ... ... ... 2.0

F8

Council President ... ... ... Votes ... ... ... Pct

* Lawrence Bell ... ... .. .. .. 40,199 .. ... ... 30.3

Joseph DiBlasi ... ... ... .. .. 33,714 .. ... ... 25.4

Vera Hall ... ... ... ... ... .. 33,556 .. ... ... 25.3

Carl Stokes ... ... ... .. .. .. 23,923 .. ... ... 18.0

Shelton Stewart ... ... .. .. .. 1,414 ... ... ... 1.1

F8

Comptroller ... ... ... .. .. Votes ... ... ... Pct

* Joan Pratt ... ... ... ... ... 63,920 .. ... ... 53.9

Julian Lapides ... ... ... .. .. 54,705 .. ... ... 46.1

UG

Council District 1 (three nominated) ... ... ... Votes ... ... Pct

* Nicholas D'Adamo (i) ... ... ... ... ... .. .. .. 12,456 .. ... 22.3

* Lois Garey (i) ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. 7,872 ... ... 14.1

(l) Charles Krysiak ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 7,418 ... ... 13.3

John Cain (i) ... ... ... ... .. ... ... ... ... .. 7,361 ... ... 13.2

Joseph Ratajczak ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. 6,817 ... ... 12.2

Kelley Ray ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. .. 6,046 ... ... 10.8

Gary Thomas .. ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. .. 2,647 ... ... 4.7

Anthony Florence ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. 1,869 ... ... 3.3

Dennis O'Hara ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. ... .. 1,053 ... ... 1.9

Mark Burke ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. .. 888 .. .. ... 1.6

Charles Morgan Jr. ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. .. 753 .. .. ... 1.3

David Franklin ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. .. 645 ... .. .. 1.2

UG

Council District 2 (three nominated) ... ... ... Votes ... ... Pct

* Robert Douglass ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. ... 8,930 ... ... 20.8

* Anthony Ambridge (i) .. ... ... ... ... .. .. ... 8,295 ... ... 20.8

* Paula Johnson Branch (i) ... .. ... ... ... .. .. 7,670 ... ... 17.9

Sarah Louise Matthews ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. 3,520 ... ... 8.2

Matthew Boulay ... ... ... ... ... ... .. ... .. .. 3,082 ... ... 7.2

Louis Harris ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. 2,873 ... ... 6.7

Anthony Armstrong .. ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. 2,779 ... ... 6.5

Mark Washington ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 2,621 ... ... 6.1

Lloyd Douglass Jones .. ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 1,886 ... ... 4.4

Harry Karas ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 1,290 ... ... 3.0

UG

Council District 3 (three nominated) ... ... ... Votes ... ... Pct

* Robert Curran ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 12,282 .. ... 19.4

* Martin O'Malley (i) ... ... ... ... ... .. .. ... 11,827 .. ... 18.7

* Joan Carter Conway ... ... ... ... ... ... .. ... 11,394 .. ... 18.0

Wilbur E. Bill Cunningham (i) .. ... ... ... .. ... 9,027 ... ... 14.3

Nina Harper ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 8,944 ... ... 14.1

Michael Vernon Dobson ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. 3,774 ... ... 6.0

Donald Washington ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. 2,062 ... ... 3.3

Phillip Brown Jr. ... ... ... ... ... ... .. ... .. 1,238 ... ... 2.0

Lloyd Barnes III ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. 1,190 ... ... 1.9

Andre Holden ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. 991 .. .. ... 1.6

Dan Hiegel ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. .. 608 .. .. ... 1.0

TF

Council District 4 (three nominated) ... ... ... Votes ... .. Pct

* Agnes Welch (i) ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. 14,296 .. .. 25.7

* Sheila Dixon (i) .. ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. 13,779 .. .. 24.8

* Keiffer Mitchell Jr. ... ... .. ... ... ... .. .. 13,260 .. .. 23.8

Julian Thomas Jr. ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. 3,753 ... .. 6.7

A. Robert Kaufman ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. 2,254 ... .. 4.0

Tyrone Johnson ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. .. 2,026 ... .. 3.6

Darius George Hall ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. .. 1,913 ... .. 3.4

Charles Bagley Jr. ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. .. 1,338 ... .. 2.4

Nancy Blackwell-Whyte ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. 1,317 ... .. 2.4

Medgar Reid ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. .. .. 911 .. .. .. 1.6

Gregory Truitt ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. .. 822 .. .. .. 1.5

UG

Council District 5 (three nominated) ... ... ... Votes ... ... Pct

* Rochelle Rikki Spector (i) ... ... ... ... .. ... 12,688 .. ... 18.6

* Stephanie Rawlings ... ... ... ... ... ... .. ... 10,625 .. ... 15.6

* Helen Holton ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. .. 7,310 ... ... 10.7

Michele Rosenberg ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. 5,569 ... ... 8.2

Michael Eugene Johnson .. ... ... ... ... ... .. .. 5,422 ... ... 7.9

Harry Smith ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. .. .. 5,391 ... ... 7.9

Robert John Berghel Jr. ... ... ... ... .. .. .. .. 3,935 ... ... 5.8

Roland Holmes ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. 3,605 ... ... 5.3

Marlon Bell ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 3,419 ... ... 5.0

William Kelly Jr. ... ... ... ... ... .. .. ... ... 2,757 ... ... 4.0

E. Gail Anderson Holness ... ... ... ... .. ... ... 2,146 ... ... 3.1

V. Lee Brady Jr. ... ... ... ... ... ... .. ... ... 1,989 ... ... 2.9

Isaiah Fletcher Sr. ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 1,418 ... ... 2.1

Charles Griffin ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 1,163 ... ... 1.7

Ronald Carter ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. ... 775 .. .. ... 1.1

UG

Council District 6 (three nominated) ... ... ... Votes ... ... Pct

* Melvin Stukes (i) ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 8,723 ... ... 25.0

* Norman Handy Sr. (i) .. .. .. ... ... ... ... ... 5,727 ... ... 16.4

* Edward Reisinger ... ... ... ... ... .. .. .. ... 4,417 ... ... 12.7

Otis Lee ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. ... 3,608 ... ... 10.4

Michael Keeney ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. .. 3,542 ... ... 10.2

Daki Napata ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. .. .. 3,290 ... ... 9.4

Rodney Orange ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. 2,089 ... ... 6.0

Lillian Carter .. ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. 1,929 ... ... 5.5

Paul Cumberland ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 1,530 ... ... 4.4

REPUBLICAN PRIMARY RESULTS

All precincts reporting. * -- Nominated (i) -- Incumbent.

C7 Mayor ... ... ... ... ... ... Votes ... ... ... Pct

* Victor Clark Jr. ... ... .. .. 4,175 ... ... ... 64.4

S. Scott McCown ... ... .. .. .. 1,216 ... ... ... 18.8

Arthur Cuffie Jr. ... ... ... .. 1,093 ... ... ... 16.9

F8

Council President ... ... ... Votes ... ... ... Pct

* Anthony Cobb ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. .. .. Unopposed

H:

Comptroller ... ... ... ... ... Votes ... ... ... Pct

* Christopher McShane ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. Unopposed

G9

Council District 1 ... ... ... Votes ... ... ... Pct

* Donald Carver ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Unopposed

* Tisha Dadd-Bulna ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. .. Unopposed

* Gene Michaels ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. .. .. Unopposed

G9

Council District 2 ... ... ... Votes ... ... ... Pct

* Charlie Baskerville Jr. ... ... ... ... ... .. .. Unopposed

* Duane Shelton ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Unopposed

G9

Council District 3 ... ... ... Votes ... ... ... Pct

* Norman Anderson ... ... ... .. .. ... ... ... ... Unopposed

* C.C. Moss ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Unopposed

G9

Council District 5 ... ... ... Votes ... ... ... Pct

* William Hall Jr. ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. .. Unopposed

G9

Council District 6 ... ... ... Votes ... ... ... Pct

* Joseph Brown Jr. ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. .. Unopposed

* Anthony Forlenza ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. .. Unopposed

* Wayne Lewis Sherman ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. Unopposed

A3

There was no Republican nominee in District 4.

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