I met Elizabeth Embry in 1996 when, as a student at Yale, she spent a summer in California as a volunteer organizing voters to defeat a cynical ballot measure that effectively repealed the state's affirmative action programs in public employment, contracting and education. Elizabeth was a passionate voice for the underrepresented before the age of 20.
As I followed her progress through law school and a career in public service, I continued to be impressed with her aptitude for problem solving and consensus building. I was so pleased to hear she has chosen to seek to continue serving her community by running to be elected Baltimore's next mayor ("Pugh, Embry pick up union endorsements," March 29).
As the former director of California's political ethics agency, I see in Elizabeth the best traditions of servant leadership. I also see someone willing to bring her highest standards of ethics and accountability to the position. She has the rare combination of vision, values, and ability to get things done — qualities that will make a great mayor. I urge Baltimore voters to support Elizabeth on April 26 and in November.
Mark Krausse, Clarksburg, Calif.