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Marilyn Bentley leads Democratic race for Clerk of the Baltimore Circuit Court

Marilyn Bentley leads Democratic race for Clerk of the Baltimore Circuit Court

Marilyn Bentley, who ascended to the position of Clerk of the Baltimore Circuit Court after her two previous bosses died in office, led a crowded field Tuesday in the race to secure the job at the polls.

But two challengers, activist Valerie Cunningham and Sheriff’s Office aide Lenora Dawson, made strong showings in early returns.

The first election since the 2015 death of longtime Clerk Frank M. Conaway attracted 11 Democrats, some with criminal records. With such a large field, it was possible for someone to win the $114,000-a-year job with just a few thousand votes.

No Republican ran for the position. The eventual winner will be the only candidate on the ballot in...

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