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Homes of Contention

So where do the city’s elected officials live, again?

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Just about every election season, word circulates that this or that elected official (or candidate) does not actually live in his or her district. Most recently, City Councilwoman Belinda Conaway faced questions about the home in Randallstown—in Baltimore County—she has owned since 1997. She told WBAL-TV she and her two children live at 3210 Liberty Heights Ave., which her father, Circuit Court Clerk Frank Conaway; and brother, state Del. Frank Conaway Jr. (D-40th District) also claim as their home in election documents. Last year Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young testily gave reporters a tour of his Madison Street house (“Do you want to see my damn underwear?”) while acknowledging that he does not live there full time, but instead often sleeps in a house around the corner. Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector has for years acknowledged that she spends “a lot of time” at a swank Harbor View condominium she shares with her long-time companion.

The law on this is, apparently, settled. In 1998 the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that, for the purpose of political representation, “residency” means, basically, whatever the candidate says it does—so long as the voters concur. With that in mind we visited the addresses of record of every City Council member, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and Comptroller Joan Pratt. Here is a map of those locations, with the most recent available district lines, photos of each residence, and some basic information about each. Our source is their campaign committee filings.

 

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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D)

2234 Foxbane Square

Principal residence: Yes

Assessed value: $185,000

Purchase price/date: $76,000 in 1997

Size: 1,900 square feet

Description: A Cold Spring garden condominium with parking garage beneath, up on the hill near the Waldorf School.

 

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Comptroller Joan Pratt (D)

112 E. Northern Parkway

Principal residence: Yes

Assessed value: $502,200

Purchase price/date: $179,000 in 1993

Size: 2,100 square feet on a 12,800-square-foot lot

Description: Posh, two-story detached single-family home in Bellona-Gittings, facing the traffic of Northern Parkway, just east of North Charles Street.

 

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City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young (D)

1506 E. Madison St.

Principal residence: Yes

Assessed value: $70,200

Purchase price/date: $14,200 in 1978

Size: 900 square-foot lot

Description: Three-story brick rowhouse in the Gay Street neighborhood, just west of Johns Hopkins Hospital.

 

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1. City Councilmember James B. Kraft (D-1st District)

2614 E. Baltimore St.  

Principal residence: Yes

Assessed value: $386,400

Purchase price/date: $263,500 in 2004

Size: 2,500 square feet on 1,300-square-foot lot

Description: Grand, three-story rowhouse facing Patterson Park.

 

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2. City Councilmember Nicholas D’Adamo Jr. (D-2nd District)

5719 Benton Heights Ave.

Principal residence: Yes

Assessed value: $162,300

Purchase price/date: $115,000 in 1992.

Size: 1,500 square feet on a nearly half-acre lot

Description: One-story detached single-family home at the end of a cul-de-sac, perched on a hilltop in Glenham-Belford.

 

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3. City Councilmember Robert Curran (D-3rd District)

4222 Kelway Road

Principal residence: Yes

Assessed value: $148,900

Purchase price/date: Not available

Size: 1,200 square feet on a 4,300-square-foot lot

Description: Humble brick duplex in Original Northwood, just off Loch Raven Boulevard.

 

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4. City Councilmember Bill Henry (D-4th District)

412 Winston Ave.

Principal residence: Yes

Assessed value: $210,900

Purchase price/date: $83,000 in 1995

Size: 1,400 square feet on a 7,900-square-foot lot

Description: Cozy, wood-shingled home in the Radnor Winston neighborhood.

 

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5. City Councilmember Rochelle “Rikki” Spector (D-5th District)

7404 Park Heights Ave.

Principal residence: Yes

Assessed value: $165,000

Purchase price/date: $83,500 in 1982

Size: 2,000 square feet

Description: Two-story brick-front Slade Village condominium with off-street parking in Fallstaff.

 

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6. City Councilmember Sharon Green Middleton (D-6th District)

5108 Yellowwood Ave.

Principal residence: Yes

Assessed value: $299,400

Purchase price/date: $201,552 in 1996.

Size: 1,800 square feet on a 4,800-square-foot lot

Description: Smart, new home in Cold Spring with a two-car garage and a back deck overlooking Cylburn Arboretum.

 

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7. City Councilmember Belinda Conaway (D-7th District)

3210 Liberty Heights Ave.

Principal residence: Yes, of her father, Frank Conaway Sr.; Belinda Conaway and her husband have a Baltimore County residence, 9810 Southall Road in Randallstown, that they claim as their principal residence on tax forms.

Assessed value: $356,200

Purchase price/date: $74,500 in 1979

Size: 4,000 square feet on a 12,800-square-foot lot

Description: Stately looking two-and-a-half story brick Colonial in Ashburton.

 

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8. City Councilmember Helen Holton (D-8th District)

830 N. Chapelgate Lane

Principal residence: Yes

Assessed value: $159,920

Purchase price/date: $71,000 in 1992

Size: 1,200 square feet on 2,200 square-foot lot

Description: Modest, two-story brick rowhouse in Ten Hills, close to where Route 40 West crosses the Baltimore County line.

 

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9. City Councilmember William “Pete” Welch (D-9th District)

2912 Edmondson Ave.

Principal residence: No. It is a commercially zoned property not owned by Welch.

Assessed value: $27,900

Purchase price/date: $10,000 in 1988

Size: 1,300 square feet on a 1,400-square-foot lot

Description: Comparatively well-maintained “commercial” space on a block of boarded rowhouses in the Western neighborhood, where Route 40 West and Edmondson Avenue merge together. Welch says he actually resides at 2927 Mosher St., a 1,300-square-foot rowhouse owned by his mother, former 9th District City Councilmember Agnes Welch.

 

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10. City Councilmember Edward Reisinger (D-10th District)

1621 S. Ellamont St.

Principal residence: Yes

Assessed value: $134,920

Purchase price/date: Not available

Size: 1,000 square feet on a 1,800-square-foot lot

Description: Tiny, two-story brick rowhouse on a one-block stretch of homes in Morrell Park.

 

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11. City Councilmember William H. Cole IV (D-11th District)

207 W. Hill St.

Principal residence: Yes

Assessed value: $525,950

Purchase price/date: $340,000 in 2002

Size: 2,200 square feet

Description: Three-story brick rowhouse in Otterbein.

 

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12. City Councilmember Carl Stokes (D-12th District)

2411 Guilford Ave.

Principal residence: Yes

Assessed value: $165,000

Purchase price/date: $71,000 in 1992

Size: Not available, but the lot is 2,700 square feet.

Description: Typical Victorian rowhouse on a block of painted ladies in Barclay.

 

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13. City Councilmember Warren Branch (D-13th District)

910 N. Linwood Ave.

Principal residence: Branch does not own the house.

Assessed value: $36,000

Purchase price/date: Not Available

Size: Not available, but the lot is 1,000 square feet.

Description: Little two-story house with a small porch, on a nicely kept block near the Amtrak tracks in Madison-Eastend.

 

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14. City Councilmember Mary Pat Clarke (D-14th District)

3911 Cloverhill Road

Principal residence: Yes

Assessed value: $353,500

Purchase price/date: Not available

Size: 2,100 square feet on a 1,700-square-foot lot

Description: Nice brick rowhouse on a tree-lined street in Tuscany-Canterbury, near Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood Campus.

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