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See How They Run: City Paper's guide to Baltimore's busy race for mayor

See How They Run: City Paper's guide to Baltimore's busy race for mayor

With incumbent Stephanie Rawlings-Blake out of the running, Baltimore City's thundering herd of mayoral candidates has created an election season like none before. There are old pros and new blood, big money and bootstrappers. Former Mayor Sheila Dixon has emerged as an early front-runner, and that says a lot about how the city's politics work.

Dixon's voters are a fairly solid bloc. They want the "good" government they had before Rawlings-Blake came, and by "good" I (and they) mean traditionally and predictably corrupt in a small-bore and generally efficient way. The unspoken constituency here is for that kind of familiarity; that good-old-boy...

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