Former Mayor Clarence V. Royce

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Glynn Turman (Former Mayor Clarence V. Royce)

A nimble and resourceful politician, the two-term Mayor of Baltimore Clarence Royce had a strong grip on municipal power. As his administration rallied around promises of reform and development, the city was confronted by a surging crime rate that was given the media spotlight by Councilman Carcetti. A master at manipulating racial politics and greasing the right palms, Royce is nonetheless narrowly defeated in the Democratic primary, in part because his tactics offend key supporter Odell Watkins.