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February 8, 2011

Balto. delegate mulling run for City Council prez

Del. Curtis Anderson said Monday night that he may mount a challenge to Baltimore City Council President Bernard "Jack" Young, who has held the head council position for a year.

Anderson was the top vote getter for his northeast Baltimore seat in November, and would not have to give up his position in the General Assembly to challenge Young. The city primary is in September.

"I'm looking at it to see if I can raise the money," Anderson said after session Monday night. Anderson added that he has a "problem" with Young's vision for the city. Anderson said as Council President he would focus on making teachers feel more appreciated and organizing volunteer opportunities for adults who want to help the city's disadvantaged youth.

The Delegate said he will make a decision by March and would want to be able to match Young's formidable war chest. As of the last campaign finance reporting period Young had $235,000. Anderson has $2,800.

So far much of the chatter about Baltimore's upcoming election has focused on the top of the ticket where Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will face former city planner Otis Rolley. Many view the race as competitive because Rawlings-Blake was not elected to her current position, she assumed it after former Mayor Sheila Dixon stepped down last year.

But the City Council President race could also be interesting: Young, an east-Baltimore Democrat, was elected by fellow council members to the Council President job when Rawlings-Blake became mayor. He's never been tested city-wide.

Posted by Annie Linskey at 9:03 AM | | Comments (4)
Categories: City Hall


...would want to be able to match Young's formidable war chest...

This sort of thing gives a good glimpse into why the old "machine" system was actually better.

Unfortunately for the citizens of Baltimore, this is more of the same. Recylcing of politicians who've been in office for years with "problematic visions" for the city of Baltimore. Come on, we need real choices for leadership! I hope both he and Jack Johnson decide to do what's best for the people of Baltimore and not run!

What would be the problem he sees with Young's vision? I'm all for teacher appreciation and helping better the lives of youth, but is there something else that he specifically is looking to stop or change? My best to Anderson, and his campaign, it sounds like he has a very good idea of what he'd like to focus on.

And what exactly would this long-time, inactive Delegate provide for teachers that Jack Young would not?! Be 4 real! This dude has been a Delegate for years and cannot point to anything he has done for teachers, students or anyone else for that matter! He is a fake lawyer who focuses more on his sorry law practice during the legislative session, rather than the people of his district! No one knows him beyond the 43rd, and will not vote for a do-nothing has-been, overweight Delegate who thinks he's rico-suave! U been played out since the 90's duke, play your role and stay where u are!

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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