Elizabeth Embry tries to make a 20-minute sale to the 50 potential voters jammed inside Bertha's dining room: She's a fixer driven to make city government work the same for people in West Baltimore as it does for residents of Roland Park.
For many outside of Maryland, Deray Mckesson is the best-known candidate running for mayor of Baltimore. But few know him here.
Nick J. Mosby recites the details of his life story countless times along the campaign trail: the son of harried single mother, a middle school student adrift in a struggling system and family man who took a chance on a forsaken Baltimore neighborhood.
Maryland state. Sen. Catherine E. Pugh says her experience and wealth of ideas for improving Baltimore make her the right candidate to be the city's mayor.
Businessman and philanthropist David Warnock, known for his ads featuring a battered pickup truck, says he wants to use his "god-given skill set" as Baltimore's next mayor.
The Democratic primary in the Baltimore mayor's race boasts a formidable slate of hopefuls, including a former mayor, a state senator, two city councilmen, an attorney and a businessman. With that competition, the remaining candidates have struggled to attract attention and money.
The five Republicans running for mayor haven't reported raising a single dollar. Only one has a working website. But they're hoping that voters in deep-blue Baltimore, which is reeling from record homicides and the first riots in half-a-century, are willing to give the GOP a chance anyway.