8 new­com­ers re­place vet­er­ans

New mem­bers pledge to push more lib­eral agenda; Young, Pratt stay in of­fice

Baltimore Sun - - ELECTION 2016 - By Yvonne Wenger and Luke Broad­wa­ter Julie Depen­brock and He­len Par­shall con­trib­uted to this ar­ti­cle. ywenger@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/yvon­newenger lbroad­wa­ter@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/ luke­broad­wa­ter

When the new Bal­ti­more City Coun­cil con­venes Dec. 8, more than half its mem­bers will take seats in the cham­ber for the first time. The new­com­ers are pledg­ing to push a more lib­eral agenda than their pre­de­ces­sors, in­clud­ing in­creas­ing the city’s min­i­mum wage to $15 an hour.

The eight novices elected Tues­day — Zeke Co­hen in the 1st Dis­trict, Ryan Dorsey in the 3rd Dis­trict, Isaac “Yitzy” Sch­leifer in the 5th Dis­trict, Leon F. Pin­kett III in the 7th Dis­trict, Kris­ter­fer Burnett in the 8th Dis­trict, John T. Bul­lock in the 9th Dis­trict, Robert Stokes Sr. in the 12th Dis­trict and Shan­non Sneed in the 13th Dis­trict — re­place vet­eran mem­bers with decades of ex­pe­ri­ence.

Co­hen and Stokes fended off vig­or­ous chal­lenges by Repub­li­can Matt McDaniel and Green Party can­di­date Ian Sch­lak­man, re­spec­tively, to keep the 15 coun­cil seats en­tirely in the hands of Democrats, who have won ev­ery coun­cil seat since 1942.

“You’re go­ing to lose some vet­er­ans with a lot of knowl­edge of the city, but you’re go­ing to gain a lot of en­ergy and new per­spec­tives,” said Roger E. Hart­ley, dean of the Uni­ver­sity of Bal­ti­more’s Col­lege of Pub­lic Af­fairs.

“It’s not go­ing to be the same gov­ern­ment. This is go­ing to be a new gov­ern­ment with new in­ter­ests and new de­mands.”

City Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Bernard C. “Jack” Young, 62, and Comp­trol­ler Joan M. Pratt, 64, eas­ily de­feated chal­lengers to re­main in of­fice.

The elec­tion marks the big­gest turnover on the coun­cil since 2003. More than a com­bined cen­tury of ex­pe­ri­ence is leav­ing City Hall.

Re­tir­ing are long­time mem­bers Rochelle “Rikki” Spec­tor, elected in 1977, and Robert W. Cur­ran and He­len L. Holton, both elected in 1995.

Coun­cil­men Carl Stokes and Nick J. Mosby pur­sued bids for mayor in­stead of Zeke Co­hen de­feated Repub­li­can Matt McDaniel in the 1st Coun­cil­manic Dis­trict. re-elec­tion. Coun­cil­man James B. Kraft sought a Cir­cuit Court judge­ship, but later with­drew.

In­cum­bents Wil­liam “Pete” Welch and War­ren M. Branch lost their seats to Demo­cratic chal­lengers in the pri­mary.

The in­com­ing mem­bers — in many cases a gen­er­a­tion younger than their pre­de­ces­sors — ral­lied to­gether in the months since the April pri­mary, pledg­ing to bring a new en­ergy to the coun­cil and a more pro­gres­sive ap­proach to gov­ern­ing.

DIS­TRICT 1: Co­hen, 31, an ed­u­ca­tor and founder of a non­profit that pre­pares stu­dents for col­lege, said he will fo­cus on tran­sit, af­ford­able hous­ing, higher wages and jobs for youths. He de­feated McDaniel by more than 30 per­cent­age points.

“There is a grow­ing recog­ni­tion across the city that cit­i­zens want to see a city gov­ern­ment that works to­gether to solve prob­lems, and one that deals with some of the sys­temic in­equities that have plagued our city,” Co­hen said.

Pop­u­lar Repub­li­can Gov. Larry Ho­gan — who de­spite los­ing in the city two years ago car­ried the 1st Dis­trict — cam­paigned with McDaniel, 28, in Fells Point last week.

Kraft, 67, rep­re­sented the dis­trict that in­cludes Fells Point, Can­ton, High­land­town and Pat­ter­son Park for more than a decade.

DIS­TRICT 2: Coun­cil­man Bran­don M. Scott, 32, top­pled his Repub­li­can chal­lenger Gre­gory Yar­ber­ough. Scott, who had been the youngest per­son on the coun­cil, was first elected in 2011.

DIS­TRICT 3: Dorsey, 34, will re­place Cur­ran, 66, af­ter eas­ily de­feat­ing Green Party can­di­date G. An­dreas Spil­iadis.

DIS­TRICT 4: Coun­cil­man Bill Henry won re-elec­tion over Repub­li­can Wil­liam “Sam” Broad­dus III. Henry, 48, has rep­re­sented the North Bal­ti­more dis­trict since 2007.

DIS­TRICT 5: Sch­leifer, 27, a busi­ness owner, will re­place Spec­tor, 80, in the North­west Bal­ti­more dis­trict.

DIS­TRICT 6: Coun­cil­woman Sharon Green Middleton, 62, won re-elec­tion to serve the North and North­west Bal­ti­more dis­trict. A for­mer high school teacher and ad­min­is­tra­tor, Middleton was ap­pointed to the seat in 2007. She beat Green Party can­di­date Richard Thomas White Jr.

DIS­TRICT 7: In this West Bal­ti­more dis­trict, Pin­kett, 49, who has worked as an as­sis­tant deputy mayor, will suc­ceed Mosby, 37. Pin­kett beat Repub­li­can chal­lenger Ta­mara Pur­nell.

DIS­TRICT 8: In the West Bal­ti­more dis­trict, Burnett, 30, hand­ily won elec­tion over Repub­li­can Joseph Brown Jr.

DIS­TRICT 9: Bul­lock, 38, won the South­west Bal­ti­more dis­trict over Repub­li­can Ken­neth Earl Ebron Jr. and Green Party nom­i­nee Jamie Latear Fri­er­son. Bul­lock ousted Welch, 63, in April. He is a Tow­son Uni­ver­sity po­lit­i­cal sci­ence pro­fes­sor.

DIS­TRICT 10: Coun­cil Vice Pres­i­dent Ed­ward Reisinger, 66, won an­other term rep­re­sent­ing the South Bal­ti­more dis­trict. He will be among the most se­nior coun­cil mem­bers, with more than 20 years in elected of­fice. He de­feated Repub­li­can chal­lenger Chris­tine Dig­man and Green Party nom­i­nee Amanda Mamin­ski.

DIS­TRICT 11: Coun­cil­man Eric T. Costello, 35, faced no gen­eral elec­tion chal­lenger. A for­mer fed­eral gov­ern­ment au­di­tor, Costello was ap­pointed to the coun­cil in 2014 and beat four chal­lengers in the Demo­cratic pri­mary.

DIS­TRICT 12: Robert Stokes, 58, topped Sch­lak­man in the East Bal­ti­more dis­trict. He will re­place out­go­ing Coun­cil­man Carl Stokes, 66.

Robert Stokes is Carl Stokes’ leg­isla­tive aide. The two are not re­lated.

DIS­TRICT 13: Sneed, 35, de­feated Repub­li­can Ge­orge John­son. Sneed is a for­mer broad­cast jour­nal­ist who works for a non­profit. She ousted Branch, 55, in the pri­mary.

DIS­TRICT 14: Coun­cil­woman Mary Pat Clarke, 75, sailed to re-elec­tion over un­af­fil­i­ated chal­lenger David Hard­ing in North Bal­ti­more.

KIM HAIRSTON/BAL­TI­MORE SUN

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