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Baltimore mayoral candidates talk taxes, schools

Baltimore mayoral candidates touted tax cuts, schools and job programs at a forum at Coppin State University.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake did not attend Wednesday night’s forum, but six other Democratic candidates vying for her job did.

Former city planning director Otis Rolley vowed to build schools and recreation centers if elected. Former Councilman Joseph T. “Jody” Landers said he would cut property taxes and make owners of vacant and derelict properties pay more.

The Democratic field of candidates is expected to get bigger Thursday with an announcement by the Rev. Daki Napata that he is entering the race. Napata was fired in 1999 from a city job over racist literature supporting the mayoral campaign of then City Council member Martin O’Malley.

The Democratic primary is scheduled for Sept. 13.