With Democratic and Republican primary elections approaching, Open Society Institute–Baltimore, Associated Black Charities, and Baltimore City Paper have organized a series of two mayoral forums aiming to reach new voters, increase voter turnout, and educate voters about Baltimore candidates’ priorities and positions. All of the mayoral candidates on the April 26 ballots have been invited to attend, and the forums will be webcast live so that voters throughout the city will be able to take part.
This forum, the second of the series, will be hosted by Dr. Alvin Hathaway, pastor of Union Baptist Church. Moderators will be Johns Hopkins University political science professor and author of Knocking the Hustle Lester Spence, and Baltimore City Paper editor in chief Karen Houppert.
Open Society Institute–Baltimore has circulated a poll in collaboration with the Baltimore Elections 2016 Facebook group (open only to Baltimore City residents), asking voters to weigh in on the issues they would most like candidates to address. Results of that poll will be used as the basis of questions our moderators will ask each candidate.
The forum is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required.