Open Society Institute-Baltimore (OSI), Associated Black Charities (ABC) and Baltimore City Paper are proud to announce a series of two mayoral forums in advance of the April 26 primaries.
The forums will take place at different locations throughout Baltimore City with the goals of reaching new voters, increasing voter turnout, and educating voters about the candidates' priorities and positions. We hope to reach diverse populations of the city to attend the forums and we will also live web-stream the events so voters throughout the city will be able to take part. All of the candidates on the April 26 ballots will be invited to attend.
In the coming days, we will circulate a poll in collaboration with the Baltimore Elections 2016 Facebook group (which is open only to Baltimore City residents), asking voters to weigh in on the issues that they would most like candidates to address. We will use the results of that poll as the basis of the questions our moderators will ask each candidate.
Embry is chief of the criminal division for the Maryland office of the attorney general. Previously, she was a top deputy to then-Baltimore City State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein. She also has served as a felony prosecutor, as acting director of the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice and as an assistant city solicitor. She has not previously held elected office. Embry holds a law degree from Columbia. She is currently running for Mayor of Baltimore.
Gutierrez, a former bank operations manager and sportswriter, has not previously held elected office. He worked at Bank of America for 15 years and from 2007 to 2009 was a reporter and editorial assistant at The Baltimore Sun. Gutierrez has a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Maryland, University College. Currently running for Mayor of Baltimore.
Harris, a communications specialist, was previously a legislative aide in Annapolis. He has not previously held elected office. Harris has a bachelor’s degree in communications with a concentration in broadcast journalism. He is currently running for Mayor of Baltimore.
Dr. Alvin C. Hathaway
The Rev. Dr. Alvin C. Hathaway, Sr. has the distinction of being the 10th Pastor in the 159 year history of Union Baptist Church. He was elected in February 2007 after serving for three years as the Assistant Pastor. Reverend Hathaway has a Ph. D. in Philosophy of Religion from The North Carolina College of Theology and Doctor of Ministry degree from the United Theological Seminary. He earned his Masters of Arts in Church Ministries and a Certificate in Urban Ministry from Saint Mary’s Seminary and University. He is a graduate of The Harvard Divinity School’s Summer Leadership Institute. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from The McKendree School of Religion.
Karen Houppert is City Paper’s Editor. Her reporting has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including The Washington Post Magazine, Newsday, The Nation, Salon, Slate, Mother Jones, Ms, The Village Voice, Al Jazeera, The Baltimore Sun, Urbanite, Style, etc. A former staff writer for The Village Voice, she has won several awards, including a National Women's Political Caucus Award, a 2003 Newswomen's Club of New York Front Page Award, several Nation Investigative Fund grants and a Kaiser Family Foundation Media Fellowship. She is the author of three nonfiction books, The Curse (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999), Home Fires Burning (Ballantine, 2005), and Chasing Gideon: The Elusive Quest for Poor People’s Justice (The New Press, 2013). These days she is writing about the criminal justice system, race, poverty, education, politics—and their unholy mix here and in the nation at large.
McCray ran for mayor of Baltimore as a Green Party candidate in 2011. He says he is working toward a bachelor’s degree in political science at Morgan State University. A U.S. Army and National Guard veteran, McCray says he has been a DJ and event planner for about 15 years. He is currently running again for Mayor of Baltimore.
Mckesson, a former public school administrator in Baltimore and in Minnesota, is part of a team called Campaign Zero, which seeks to end police killings in America. He gained widespread attention in the protest movement that began in Ferguson, Mo., and returned to Baltimore last year to demonstrate against police brutality after the death of Freddie Gray. He is currently running for Mayor of Baltimore.
Diana Morris is director of the Open Places Initiative, a new place-based initiative that the Open Society Foundations has launched, which is making long-term investments in Buffalo, Puerto Rico, and San Diego. Morris is also the director of Open Society Institute-Baltimore, a field office Open Society established in 1997 to understand and address the local and state social and economic dynamics at play that impede opportunity and justice.
Mosby, who represents Baltimore’s 7th District on the City Council, sits on committees for public safety, labor, education, housing and community development, and executive appointments. He received a degree in electrical engineering from Tuskegee University. He is currently running for Mayor of Baltimore.
Catherine E. Pugh
Pugh, a state senator, was a member of the Baltimore City Council and House of Delegates before being elected to the Senate in 2006. She has been the Senate’s majority leader since 2015. Pugh holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Morgan State University. She is currently running for Mayor of Baltimore.
Lester K. Spence is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana studies at Johns Hopkins University known for his academic critiques of neoliberalism and his media commentary on race, urban politics, and police violence.
Stokes was a member of the Baltimore City Council from 1987 to 1995 and 2010 until the present. He represents the city’s 12th District. Stokes sought the city's top elected job in 1999 and came in second behind Martin O'Malley in a field of 16 candidates. Stokes also considered running in 2011. He is currently running for Mayor of Baltimore.
Torbit has not held elected office, but ran to represent the 41st district in the House of Delegates in 2014. Torbit describes himself as a “self employed caregiver” and is the brother of a slain police officer.
Walsh is a former UPS manager who has not previously sought or held elected office. She says she has degrees in medical science and education from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is currently running for Mayor of Baltimore.
Larry O Wardlow
Wardlow, the last Republican candidate to file for the race, is a member of the Baltimore City Republican Central Committee. He hasn’t previously held elected office. He is currently running for Mayor of Baltimore.
Young, an engineer, has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from New York University. He has not previously sought elected office. He is currently running for Mayor of Baltimore.