The race for the 12th District has attracted as strong a field of candidates as any in the city. Among the best are De'Von Brown, an energetic young Maryland Institute College of Art student who was one of the "Boys of Baraka"; and Jason Curtis, a hotel manager and longtime civic activist in Mount Vernon. The incumbent, Carl Stokes, has long experience on the council and has shown a strong independent streak since being appointed to fill the seat vacated by Mr. Young. But the endorsement goes to Odette Ramos, a Charles Village resident whose small consulting business has provided her with keen insight into many of the problems the city faces. She has deep expertise in dealing with the problem of vacant houses, and she has strong ideas about improving youth services and creating jobs, as well as a real zeal for solving constituents' problems.
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