E-mail this story
Baltimore Sheriff John Anderson's re-election campaigns are getting harder
In the 1990s and 2000s, longtime Baltimore Sheriff John W. Anderson (D) coasted easily to re-election, swatting down perennial challenges by the man he succeeded, Shelton Stewart, who was forced out after a 1988 obstruction-of-justice conviction. Those easy days are gone now. In 2010, Anderson's re-election campaign spent almost $125,000 in the year prior to the Democratic primary to best five challengers, including two with experience on his command staff, Deborah Claridy and Frances "Jean" Hamilton. Anderson's 40-percent performance at the polls, though, underscored that 60 percent of voters wanted someone else to take charge of the sheriff's office, which serves court documents, processes payments, transports prisoners, and protects courthouses.
March 19, 2014