Baltimore Mayoral Candidates Revisit Their First Jobs

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photo by Cassandra Mullinix via Stoop Storytelling/Facebook
photo by Cassandra Mullinix via Stoop Storytelling/Facebook

In the final weeks before the primary, getting Baltimore’s mayoral candidates together on one stage is nothing new on a weeknight. But The Stoop’s idea to ask the rivals to ditch the campaigning for personal tales about first jobs ended up making national headlines.

The New York Times has the full rundown of the event, as seen on stage. While Catherine Pugh and David Warnock had some scrappy stories, Elizabeth Embry’s tale of being a fry cook stands out. She added a personal touch about her crush on the manager, gave the story an arc with her move to “think broader” and ended with the very human touch that “everything tastes better when it’s deep-fried.”

If you’re wondering why Sheila Dixon isn’t mentioned in that story, read The Washington Post’s behind-the-scenes look. Rightfully giving Stoop organizers Laura Wexler and Jessica Henkin their due, reporter Steve Hendrix relays just how difficult it was to keep a bunch of candidates from pivoting to their stump speeches.

Stoop also has a podcast, where the full show is available in the latest episode.



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