9-14-11: A Day for the Incumbent

September 14, 2011 at 8:41 am 2 comments

“I’ve said it before, and will say it again:  I love my home town!”

That’s what Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said to supporters in Baltimore last night. She won yesterday’s Democratic primary in Baltimore.  Today, we take look at the results of that primary—which it appears, was a day for the incumbent.  City Council President Jack Young was re-elected – in fact, all city council incumbents but one, Belinda Conaway, were re-elected.

Sheilah discusses the results with Adam Bednar, editor of the North Baltimore Patch, and Lester Spence, Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University. He’s also the author of Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-Hop and Black Politics.

See all the results at this link.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Chris Kasper  |  September 14, 2011 at 9:20 am

    One of the issues never discussed regarding low voter turnout regards the nature of Baltimore’s closed primaries. There is no point coming out to vote if one does not belong to a political party. Therefore, I believe that any analysis of turnout and “mandates” needs to reflect the large number of voters, at least in my area of Baltimore, who were shut out of the process. Declaring victory for a candidate without full voter participation has always seemed odd to me. It wasn’t this way in California primaries.

  • 2. J.L.Ford  |  September 14, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    It seems as though incumbent council members have the benefit of name recognition that their opponents lack. Unfortunately, this means, for good or bad, we’re unable to vote in new members who can fascilitate change.

    Seriously, why are our politicians continuing to use the same tactics? Instead of spending our money on more police officers, why not enforce the housing codes, demolish the rat infested blight that defines North Ave. How ’bout curfews? Let’s block off some of the throughways where the road warriors ride with their front wheels in the air. Can we please get funding for parks and rec to maintain the park trails? If we have to have more police, I’d like to see foot patrols in my district. Maybe rotate out some of the officers who have become a little complacent.

    I’m so fed up, but i can’t move because no one will even come looking in my neighborhood anymore. Sad. Very sad.


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