Two Candidates Withdraw From City Races
On the July 15 deadline for candidates to withdraw from this yearâ€™s city elections, two people–a Democrat running for the City Councilâ€™s 12th District seat and an independent candidate for mayor–scratched their names off the list.
Robert Stokes is an aide to incumbent 12th District Councilmember Carl Stokes, who, after announcing a run for mayor, ended up instead filing to retain his seat–so Robert Stokes, had he stayed in the race, wouldâ€™ve being campaigning against his boss in the run-up to the Sept. 13 primary election.
â€śI did whatâ€™s best for the 12th Districtâ€ť by withdrawing, Robert Stokes says. â€śNobody asked me to leave, but there would have been confusionâ€ť had he stayed in the race–not least because he shares his bossâ€™ last name.
Craig Williams, who had filed for mayor on the July 5 filing deadline, also withdrew, ending his effort to gather sufficient petition signatures to have his name placed on the Nov. 8 general-election ballot. He explains that â€ślack of fundsâ€ť and a busy summer–â€śI gotta travel,â€ť he says, â€śand Iâ€™m going on vacationâ€ť–prompted him to leave the race. He also says he felt his chances of victory were hampered because, when filing as a candidate, the Maryland Board of Elections â€śmade me use my legal name, not my real name,â€ť which he says is, â€śLet Me Atâ€™Em, the Hype Man of Baltimore.â€ť
Describing himself as retired and on disability, 51-year-old Williams says local athletics coaches â€śuse meâ€ť to â€śhype upâ€ť their players before a game. â€śThereâ€™s no oneâ€ť in the mayorâ€™s race â€śthatâ€™s on the ground with the children like I am,â€ť he says. â€śIf I had been able to use my real name, Let Me Atâ€™Em, I would have been a force to contend with,â€ť he adds. â€śâ€ťNobody in Baltimore knows Craig Williams, but they all know Let Me Atâ€™Em.â€ť