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Pugh, Stokes to run for Baltimore mayor

Two well-known Baltimore lawmakers are challenging Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

State Sen. Catherine Pugh and Councilman Carl Stokes both announced over the holiday weekend that they’ll run for Baltimore mayor.

Pugh, who came in second in the 2011 primary, says she decided to run based on a vision for a better Baltimore and conversations with community members.

Stokes, who finished second to Martin O’Malley in the 1999 primary, says he is running because the city needs honest leadership to take it in a new direction.

They join former Mayor Sheila Dixon and a handful of other candidates who have already announced bids.

The primary is set for April 26. The general election is often seen as a formality in the heavily Democratic city that hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1967.