Wilton Wilson (Democrat)
Wilson wants to restructure the Board of Education and raise teacher pay, improve adult education, and provide more after school programs and vocational training for youth.
Larry Wardlow, Jr. (Republican)
Wardlow wants to bring back manufacturing jobs in Baltimore and to increase skill-based education for the youth.
David Marriott (Green)
Marriott wants to get rid of the "60's training mentality, tactics and power abusive officers" in the police department. He also supports improving conditions at city schools, including better HVAC systems and student resources.
Emanuel McCray (Green)
McCray calls for more responsible and community-controlled development in the form of community land trusts and a revamped Vacants to Values program, and redistributing public development funds into lower-income areas. He also wants to raise minimum wage to $15 and to stop closures of community schools and rec centers.
Frank "Francisco" Logan (Independent)
Logan hopes to create a "school-to-jobs" pathway, invest in teachers, audit school district finances. To address the city's crime, he wants better re-entry programs and updated probation policies.
Collins Otonna (Independent)
Otonna says "morals education will be an integral part" of the city schools' curriculum, and hinges much of his platform on reforming young people's morals. Describing himself as a "pro welfare conservative," Otonna also wants to make childcare and pre-K free.
Nicholas Caminiti (Unaffiliated)
Nicholas Caminiti, speaking at a candidates forum sponsored by the Baltimore City Medical Political Action Committee on March 1, told the audience that the core component of his platform is "establishing home ownership for more people in Baltimore."
Responding to City Paper's "Candidate Questionnaire," Caminiti said he would focus on getting "people out from under absentee landlords and into their own houses so they can begin to develop equity and financial assets." He would accomplish this, he wrote, by "funneling city money into neighborhood-directed efforts to rehabilitate and re-purpose (as appropriate) the vacant buildings all over the city." Some rehabbed homes would go to the poor as "low-cost alternatives to renting" and some would go to folks he calls "Village Elders," compensated public servants that are experienced in effective dispute resolution." He said these elders would "provide and effective alternative to policing and could be drawn from multiple sectors (including but not limited to veteran law enforcement officers)."
Caminiti insisted this was "preferable to the current policing model which is only able to respond to incidents after they have already occurred."
And speaking of crime, he intends to "completely decriminalize personal drug possession and use, and fully legalize the cultivation, sale and consumption of marijuana." That's because, he wrote, "we simply cannot continue to pretend that it is ok to let a ton of middle class and wealthy potheads smoke and sell weed in the suburbs undisturbed while continuing to persecute the impoverished black people in the city who also enjoy using the plant."
When it came to trimming the city's budget, Caminiti hammered out his irritation in this response to our question about cuts: "I don't know the budget well enough to answer this question yet. I tried to sit down and look at it, but the department of finance website won't load, and even if it did, I'm pretty sure it's like a 220 page document, and ain't nobody got time for that. I plan to take a 'burn it down and start from scratch' approach to many aspects of how the city delivers services, maintains its assets, and handles money."
Pause. New paragraph: "Ok, it did load now. It's 202 pages, not 220, and completely useless. I don't have a PhD in bullshit so I really can't appreciate this document. It doesn't even have a table of contents."
All this talk about employment also irritates him. Jobs are overrated. "Life is not just about money, but money and jobs is all we ever fucking talk about," he wrote. "Why do we want everyone to be working all the time anyway? What are they supposed to be working toward? If I sit in an office building from 9-5 all day, does that mean that I'm better than someone who sits at home during that same time period?"
Final question: If you were not running, which of the other candidates would you vote for? Why?
"I would probably not have voted, because I, like the vast majority of people who didn't vote in the last election, know that it wouldn't really make a difference."
Chukwuemeka Egu (Unaffiliated)
Egwu wants to hire Baltimore contractors to fix vacant homes, invest in more security cameras on "most Baltimore city blocks," and improve the police department's transparency.
Sarah Klauda (Unaffiliated)
Sarah Klauda states on her web page, "I am not a politician." She is a writer who, if elected, plans to "take charge, ruffle feathers, hold people accountable, and get [her] hands dirty" (as well as mix a few metaphors, apparently).
She told the audience at a March 1 mayoral forum sponsored by the Baltimore City Medical Political Action Committee that the most pressing health issue in the city is drugs. "I am all for decriminalizing drugs," she said.
She stretched for an analogy. "Only those who have been addicted to something know how hard it is to get off an addiction. If you think about how much you use the word 'it' and if you were to stop using 'it,' in 24 hours, how many times do you think you would catch yourself saying 'it?' Or someone else saying 'it?' And if a police officer hears you saying 'it?'…Until you say, forget 'it!'" She pauses. "That is what people with addiction or a record have to deal with."
She has brief statements on her website about similar plans for education, crime, drugs, housing, etc. She acknowledges the reforms might be costly but has a plan for financing them. "I have found several third party options to increase funding without allowing corporations to have the upper hand," she wrote. "For one, our professional sports team members, players, coaches, and owners make millions each year. Although we give them our support, we get little in return. This cannot go on."
LaVern Murray (Unaffiliated)
Murray wants to lower property taxes to attract buyers who will rehabilitate vacant homes and businesses, improve public works, remove Common Core teaching in schools, and revamp the criminal justice system so that it focuses more on rehabilitation. To rebuild police/community trust, she advocates for more mutual "respect" between the two. She also wants to invest in the arts and increase minimum wage to $10.50.
Andre Powell (Unaffiliated)
Douglas McNeil (Libertarian)