Minority contractors' group endorses Bell for mayor; Trucks form caravan in show of support


The Maryland Minority Contractors' Association endorsed mayoral candidate Lawrence A. Bell III yesterday, saying that under Bell's administration, minority-owned businesses would "get a better deal."

Arnold M. Jolivet, president of the 1,000-member organization, said the City Council president was one of the chief sponsors of the 1989 bill that created goals for hiring minority contractors on city projects.

"He has worked hard on behalf of minority contractors," Jolivet said.

As Jolivet spoke, about 60 huge trucks formed a caravan on North Avenue. With horns blaring and Bell signs on their doors, they set out to circle the city.

Jolivet's group includes small and large businesses that employ between 30 and 400 people.

Bell said he will encourage the growth of minority businesses.

"We feel that the new civil rights movement is economics," he said, as he walked down North Avenue, flanked by supporters. "We want to change the face of Baltimore. Economics are even more important than politics."

Bell mentioned the first African-American economic summit that he organized in February 1998 as a sign of his commitment to stimulate economic growth.

Yesterday also marked the beginning of what the Bell campaign is calling a "100-mile walk" around the city. Bell planned to walk 10 miles yesterday and continue until the Sept. 14 primary election.

David Brown, Bell's campaign spokesman, said Bell will shake 2,000 hands a day until then.

Pub Date: 9/07/99

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