Frank Conaway Sr. announces bid for Baltimore mayor

Baltimore Circuit Court clerk and frequent mayoral candidate Frank M. Conaway Sr. announced Friday that he plans to seek the city's highest office again next year.

Conaway, 77, who has been involved in city politics for four decades, said in a statement that his decision to run was inspired by his recent primary victory in his re-election campaign. As clerk of the court, Conaway oversees a budget of $10.5 million and a staff of more than 250.

"I owe no allegiances to special interest groups, have no political ax to grind, and will work with robust energy and years of relevant experience to bridge the gaps in the economic, education, health care, criminal justice and community pride that presently divides our city into two camps — the haves and the have-nots," Conaway said in the statement.

The patriarch of a political family, Conaway has run on a ticket in the current election cycle with his wife, Mary W. Conaway, who has been register of wills for more than 20 years, and his son, Del. Frank M. Conaway Jr. Campaign posters urge voters to re-elect "Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Baby Bear" and feature cartoon drawings of a bear family.

His daughter, Belinda K. Conaway, is a city councilwoman representing neighborhoods in West Baltimore.

Conaway, who also launched bids for mayor in 2003 and 2007, is the first candidate to announce plans to run against Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

State Sen. Catherine Pugh and Otis Rolley, who served as chief of staff for former Mayor Sheila Dixon, are rumored to be contemplating a run.

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