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Baltimore mayoral candidates gather to discuss community issues

Posted at 8:54 PM, Jan 08, 2020

BALTIMORE — A community forum was held on Wednesday with some of Baltimore City's mayoral candidates.

In a packed house, community members asked the candidates about topics such as housing, homelessness, education, poverty and police corruption among other things.

Chris Brown was just one person in the crowd who lives in the area, listening to the 12 of 17 candidates who were invited speak.

"It's important for me to hear who I'm gonna be voting for," Brown said. "I actually see a candidate that's in here that answered the questions of kind of what I'm looking for."

Brown, like many others, wants change.

With 300+ homicides becoming a yearly trend, crime was at the forefront.

The first round of candidates agreed there needs to be a change in the community and with leadership to fix the issues we have in the city with crime and poverty.

The second round of candidates stated that they believe the focus right now should be with helping the young people in Baltimore City and getting to the root of the issue.

Mayor Jack Young was one of the five candidates who did not participate in Wednesday's forum.