Kraft ends run for Bal­ti­more cir­cuit judge

Baltimore Sun - - AROUND THE REGION -

Out­go­ing City Coun­cil­man James B. Kraft an­nounced Tues­day he had with­drawn as a can­di­date for Bal­ti­more Cir­cuit Court judge. He was fac­ing a slate of sit­ting judges — Shan­non E. Avery, Au­drey J.S. Car­rion, Michael A. DiPi­etro, Karen Chaya Fried­man, Wanda Keyes Heard and Cyn­thia H. Jones — for one of six seats on the Cir­cuit Court. Kraft had edged out one of the six sit­ting judges dur­ing the Repub­li­can pri­mary in April, earn­ing him a spot on the gen­eral elec­tion bal­lot. Be­cause ju­di­cial elec­tions are non­par­ti­san, can­di­dates had to place in the top six in ei­ther the Demo­cratic or Repub­li­can pri­mary to com­pete in Novem­ber. Kraft said he dropped out of the Novem­ber con­test be­cause he was dis­ap­pointed by the tone of the pri­mary elec­tion and did not think he could win in the gen­eral elec­tion. The names on the sam­ple bal­lots that will be dis­trib­uted by Democrats through­out Bal­ti­more will “start with Hil­lary Clinton and end with the sit­ting judges,” he said. H. Mark Stichel, chair­man of the Bal­ti­more City Sit­ting Judges Com­mit­tee, said in heav­ily Demo­cratic Bal­ti­more, sub­stan­tially more peo­ple voted for the six sit­ting judges who won the Demo­cratic pri­mary than for Kraft in the Repub­li­can con­test.

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