Maryland

P. Kenneth Burns

  The upheaval that followed the death of Freddie Gray in April 2015 had an undeniable effect on the political career of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. 

Just as she was getting ready for a re-election campaign against her predecessor, she decided to leave public office.  She will have been in Baltimore city government for 21 years when her term ends in December.

But Rawlings-Blake was already facing challenges before the unrest.

Pratt: P. Kenneth Burns/King: Nick Miles

Joan Pratt, Baltimore City’s Comptroller since 1995, is facing her first challenger in 17 years. He’s Mike King, a Northeast Baltimore resident with a background in financial operations, and he says Pratt hasn’t done enough to audit city agencies.

Fraser Smith

 Even before the entrepreneurs made a coffee a luxury item, the drink had a certain community-building quality.

A cup-a-joe spot was a touch stone, a rallying place for people on the way to work or retired people on the way to meet other retired people.

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Hours before Councilman Nick Mosby shook up the race for mayor by dropping out, the frontrunner pulled a surprise of her own.

State Senator Catherine Pugh had begged off from a debate Wednesday on WYPR’s Maryland Morning with fellow candidates Elizabeth Embry and Councilman Carl Stokes, citing a scheduling conflict. Then about 15 minutes into the program Pugh showed up, surprising the candidates and host Tom Hall.

P. Kenneth Burns

Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby announced Wednesday that he is no longer running for mayor and is throwing his support behind state Senator Catherine Pugh.

The announcement in front of City Hall came hours before early voting is to begin in the primary race that largely decides city races due to the overwhelming number of registered Democrats.

Maryland Public Television

  The six major Democratic candidates for Mayor squared off last night in the final televised debate before the April 26 primary. However, the rules of the debate kept the candidates from questioning each other, which allowed the frontrunner to escape virtually unscathed. 

P. Kenneth Burns

  Baltimore City Councilman Eric Costello is running for his own term on the council and is facing a number of challengers.

He has represented the district since October 2014 when he was chosen to succeed Bill Cole, who was appointed head of the Baltimore Development Corporation by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

Trevor Holman

  

William “Pete” Welch has represented the 9th district, which includes West and Southwest Baltimore, on the city council since January 2011.  He was appointed to finish the term of his mother, Agnes Welch, who retired in December 2010 after nearly three decades.

Two challengers – John Bullock and Jerrell Bratcher – accuse Welch of not doing enough for the district.  There are three other challengers in the April 26 Democratic Primary; Nathaniel Anderson, J.B. Kenney and Shawn Key.

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Civil Rights Activist The Rev. Jamal Bryant said Monday that he will have a peace rally on April 24 to mark one year since Freddie Gray died from injuries suffered while in police custody and the unrest that took place after his funeral. 

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  It’s the middle of the morning rush hour.  The MTA Transit Team of Marc Jones and Kurt Kroncke are giving mass transit updates to 20 radio stations throughout Central Maryland, including WYPR.

The team recently added a new affiliate not far from its studios in the William Donald Schaefer Building in downtown Baltimore; its own station, WTTZ.

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