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Is This Seat Taken?

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Patricia Jessamy


The power of incumbency, a factor often cited in elections, is a powerful advantage. Nonetheless, Baltimore City politicos have on occasion been knocked off their electoral perches. Though it often happens due to redistricting, which can force incumbents to run against one another in newly gerrymandered districts, it sometimes happens when challengers actually succeed. Here’s a rundown of sitting CITY pols who lost at the polls over the past two decades. It is, of course, a rather short list.

2010: Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia Jessamy (D), Sen. George Della (D-46th District), and Del. Ruth Kirk (D-44th District).

2007: City Councilmember Vernon Crider (D-13th District).

2006: Del. Marshall Toby Goodwin (D-40th District).

1995: City Councilmember Wilbur “Bill” Cunningham (D-3rd District).

1994: State delegates Samuel M. Parham (D-41st District), John D. Jeffries (D-44th District), and R. Charles Avara (D-District 47A).

1991: City Councilmembers Dominic “Mimi” DiPietro (D-1st District), John A. Schaefer (D-1st District), and Edward L. Reisinger (D-6th District).

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