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Baltimore Fishbowl’s guide to the 2020 mayoral election

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A mail-in ballot for the primary election on June 2. Credit: Brandon Weigel

The upcoming primary election on June 2 is already one of the most unique elections in modern Baltimore history. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Larry Hogan ordered the statewide primary be moved from its original April 28 date and conducted by mail-in ballot.

If someone other than Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young wins the top job, he or she will inherit a government that may still have to deal with the spread of coronavirus and will absolutely have to deal with the pandemic’s effects on the local economy.

And, lest we forget, the mayor will run a city that is still grappling with the fallout from the “Healthy Holly” scandal that ousted former Mayor Catherine Pugh and face persistent problems such as violence, inequity and police reform.

There are 24 Democrats and seven Republicans listed on the ballot for mayor. Baltimore Fishbowl reached out to every campaign at the start of April using the email on file with the Maryland State Board of Elections and later called the phone number associated with the campaign on the board’s site.

Republican candidate Catalina Byrd answers our questions on public safety, COVID-19 relief and more

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The sixth in a series of questionnaires answered by candidates running for their party’s nomination for mayor. Catalina Byrd was the only Republican candidate who submitted responses to our questionnaire.

Catalina Byrd is a co-chair for the Women’s Commission of Baltimore City, and chair of the commission’s domestic violence committee. She has appeared “Square Off with Richard Sher,” Roland Martin’s “NewsOne Now” on TV One, Radio One WOLB, WEAA and WURD. Byrd first ran for mayor of Baltimore in 2011, but was unable to collect enough signatures to appear on the ballot as an unaffiliated candidate.

Democratic candidate Yasaun Young answers our questions on transit, jobs and more

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The fifth in a series of questionnaires answered by candidates for the Democratic nomination for mayor.

Yasaun Young is the founder of Past The Pond, Inc., a nonprofit organization that teaches swimming and water safety. He is also the author of “100 Questions to Spark A Personal Development Revolution.” Young earned his bachelor’s degree in biology at Morgan State University, and he earned his master’s degree in health and wellness coaching.

Democratic candidate Dante Swinton answers our questions on crime, transit and more

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The fourth in a series of questionnaires answered by candidates for the Democratic nomination for mayor.

Dante Swinton has worked as an environmental justice researcher and organizer with the Philadelphia-based nonprofit Energy Justice Network since 2015. As part of the nonprofit, Swinton helped advocate for 2019 Baltimore Clean Air Act, which placed stricter emissions restrictions on two incinerators in South Baltimore. A federal judge overturned the law in March, but the city has appealed. Swinton also designed the Divert Baltimore pilot programs to educate and incentivize Baltimoreans to recycle.

Democratic candidate Erik Powery answers our questions on resources for young people, transit and more

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The third in a series of questionnaires answered by candidates for the Democratic nomination for mayor.

Property manager Erik Powery says he is running for mayor to improve Baltimore’s schools and increase opportunities for the city’s young people.

Democratic candidate Sean Gresh answers our questions on workforce development, homicides and more

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The second in a series of questionnaires answered by candidates for the Democratic nomination for mayor.

Sean Gresh has worked as a speechwriter for executives at several companies, including Honeywell, IBM and Digital Equipment Corporation. He has also taught communication at Northeastern University and Boston College. Gresh has written two books, “Becoming a father: A handbook for expectant fathers”​ and “Tell it like it is: Straight talk about sex.” He was also elected twice as a member of the school committee in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

Democratic candidate Valerie Cunningham answers our questions on COVID-19, transit and more

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The first in a series of questionnaires answered by candidates for the Democratic nomination for mayor.

Valerie Cunningham has worked in various roles in the federal correctional system, Baltimore City and Prince George’s County’s court systems, and Sen. Chris Van Hollen’s office. Cunningham earned a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Baltimore and a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Troy State University. She also holds real estate licenses in Maryland and Alabama.

Weekend Events Calendar: Women’s History Month events, Canton Irish Stroll and more

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The Hotel Revival hosts an International Women’s Day event Sunday to benefit My Sister’s Place.

March is the time to celebrate women, and this weekend brings plenty of chances. During Women’s History Month, International Women’s Day arrives on Sunday. Head to Hotel Revival for a chance to celebrate and support My Sister’s Place. Elsewhere, a pair of new businesses are already turning two, and the St. Patrick’s Day events are starting.

Weekend Events Calendar: Frozen Harbor Music Festival, Monster Jam, Leap Day parties and more

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Reel Big Fish headlines the Frozen Harbor Music Festival. Credit: Jonathan Thorpe.

There’s an extra day on the calendar this month, so let’s make the most of it. Several spots are throwing parties just for the 29th–after all, it only comes around once every four years. Elsewhere, check out lots of music around Inner Harbor, and a couple Mardi Gras events keeping the celebration going. Enjoy:

Weekend Events Calendar: Charm City Django Jazz Fest, American Craft Show and more

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Photo via the American Craft Council’s Facebook page.

Feeling like winter is dragging on? Well, luckily there are chicken nuggets. This weekend, the poultry form is celebrated with a fest all its own. Plus, check out gypsy jazz, crafts and Baltimore’s version of Mardi Gras. Here’s the lineup:

Weekend Events Calendar: Valentine’s Day, Chocolate Fest, Belgian Beer Fest and more

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Image via Facebook

It’s time to return to the quiver and find the arrow that will point toward love. Luckily, Baltimore has Valentine’s Day events for all comers, from the sweet to the doomed. Even the songs range from saucy to sad. Plus, check out Black History Month events around the city from Pennsylvania Avenue to Highlandtown.

Weekend Events Calendar: International Auto Show, Night of 100 Elviras, Oscars Watch Party and more

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A Nissan 370Z from the 2018 Baltimore Auto Show. Photo courtesy of Himmelrich PR.

Get it in gear for a winter weekend with a big car show and small foods highlighting the events around town. There’s a chance to watch the Oscars and celebrate the Babe. Plus, Black History Month events. Let’s take a look:

Weekend Events Calendar: Super Bowl Sunday, Groundhog Day, Art After Hours and more

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Union Craft Brewing end of Summer concert with Future Islands, Joy Postell & Smoke Bellow

It’s that rare weekend when Sunday is the main event. The day starts with Groundhog Day, and moves quickly into the chili cook-offs and big parties of Super Bowl Sunday. Elsewhere, check out Art After Hours featuring Joy Postell (pictured), open mics and Bike Party’s Night at the Arcade.

Weekend Events Calendar: Baltimore Boat Show, Lunar New Year Celebration, Black and White Party

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Image via the Walters Art Museum’s Facebook page.

It’s cold, but Baltimore is full of warmth this weekend. The Baltimore Boat Show offers a chance to think about summer, or a celebration of the Year of the Rat provides community at the Walters Art Museum. Plus, art openings abound. Here’s the lineup:

Weekend Events Calendar: MLK Day, Poe’s Birthday, Lexington Market celebration and more

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The 19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. Photo by J.M. Giordano.

This weekend brings a chance to honor Baltimore history, with celebrations of Lexington Market and Edgar Allan Poe. Plus, there’s plenty of dancing at a b-boy/b-girl battle and the 10th Anniversary of 4 Hours of Funk. On Monday, honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a parade, museum events and service.

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