Carl Stokes (Baltimore)

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Carl Stokes
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Member of the Baltimore City Council from the 12th District
Assumed office
March 2010
Preceded by Bernard C. Young
Member of the Baltimore City Council from the 2nd District
In office
Serving with Tony Ambridge, Jacqueline McClean
Constituency East Baltimore
Personal details
Born Carl Frank Stokes
(1950-04-30) April 30, 1950 (age 67)
Spouse(s) Divorced
Children Carla and Ericka
Residence Baltimore, Maryland
Occupation education administrator
Committees Taxation, Finance and Economic Development; Public Safety and Health; Policy and Planning, Education and Executive Appointments

Carl Frank Stokes is an American politician who represents the 12th district on the Baltimore City Council. He is a former member of the Baltimore City Board of school commissioners and ran for Mayor of Baltimore in 1999.[1]


Stokes was born on May 2, 1950, in Baltimore, Maryland. He grew up in Baltimore's Latrobe housing project and attended parochial schools. He graduated from the Loyola Blakefield high school in 1968 and attended Loyola College. He managed and then owned a retail clothing store before being elected to represent the then second district on the Baltimore City Council in 1987. Stokes left the council in 1995 and in the same year accepted an appointment by the Governor of Maryland and the Mayor of Baltimore to serve on the newly reconstituted Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners. Stokes is a former vice president of Mid-Atlantic Health Care, a medical equipment and supplies company and was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of The Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy, a public charter middle school for boys founded in 2006 and opened in 2007 in East Baltimore.[2][3]

He is a parishioner of Saint Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church and is the father of two daughters, Carla and Erika.

Mayoral bids[edit]


Stokes was one of 15 candidates vying for mayor in the democratic primary election for Mayor of Baltimore in the 1999 election. A Republican had not won the mayoralty since Theodore McKeldin's second tour as Mayor (1963-1967). Thus the focus in Baltimore was on the Democratic primary. Of the 15, three were considered coequal front runners: Stokes, City Council president Lawrence Bell and then Councilman Martin O'Malley.[4] At one point Stokes enjoyed a slight lead in the polls, but O'Malley, the only white candidate of the three front runners, emerged triumphant. O'Malley garnered 62,711 votes, Stokes finished second with 32,609 votes and Bell placed third with 20,034 votes. [5]


In September 2015, Stokes announced that he would seek the 2016 Democratic nomination for Mayor of Baltimore City.[6]

On the council[edit]

Stokes is vice chair of the Education and Executive Appointments committees and is a member of the Taxation, Finance and Economic Development, the Public Safety and Health and the Policy and Planning committees.


  1. ^ Morton, Bruce. "Fifteen candidates compete in Baltimore's mayoral primary". CNN. Retrieved 24 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Scharper, Julie (9 March 2010). "Carl Stokes picked to fill Jack Young's vacant council seat". the Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 24 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Leadership and Staff". Bluford Drew Jemison. Archived from the original on January 21, 2010. Retrieved 24 April 2010. 
  4. ^ Morton, Bruce. "Fifteen candidates compete in Baltimore's mayoral primary". CNN. Retrieved 24 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "September 14 - Primary Election". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved 24 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Stokes, Pugh enter race for Mayor". WBAL-TV. Retrieved 13 September 2015.