Our series of Conversations with the Candidates continues today with Carl Stokes, one of seven Democratic candidates vying to be the next Baltimore City Council President. The current Council President, Brandon Scott is running for Mayor, so there is no incumbent in the race. Carl Stokes is a familiar figure to folks who have been around a while. He served on the Baltimore City Council in the mid 1980s, and again from 2010-2016.
This is not Mr. Stokes’ first try at city-wide office. In 1999, he ran for mayor, losing that primary to Martin O’Malley. He ran for mayor again in 2016. He has had professional experience in the retail clothing business, the health care industry, and as an education administrator. He is a founder of two public charter schools in Baltimore: the Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy, and the Banneker-Blake Academy for Arts and Science. The Banneker-Blake School was closed by the Baltimore City School Board last year.
Carl Stokes is a graduate of Loyola High School. He attended Loyola University for two years. He is 69 years old, and the father of two grown children. He joins Tom on the line from his home in Greater Greenmount.
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