District 12: Carl Stokes

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Committees: Chair, Taxation, Finance and Economic Development; Vice Chair, Recreation and Parks; Executive Appointments; Health; Housing and Community Development.


The Honorable Carl Stokes Baltimore City Council – 12th District

For more than two decades Carl Stokes has sought to improve the quality of life for Baltimore residents and provide educational opportunities for children.

Councilman Stokes was a successful businessman, having managed and ultimately purchased a chain of retail clothing stores, before being elected to represent the then second district on the Baltimore City Council in 1987.

During his two terms on the council, Mr. Stokes was a recognized expert in budget issues and on education.

He left the council in 1995 but 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.

He is a former vice president of Mid-Atlantic Health Care, one of the region’s leading providers of medical equipment and supplies and formerly served as 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.

In 2008, after only operating for one full year, Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy students scored above every traditional Baltimore City middle school in Maryland statewide testing.

Councilman Stokes serves as the chair of the Taxation, Finance and Economic Decelopment Committee, vice chair of the Education and Executive Appointments committees and is a member of two additional standing committees of the Baltimore City Council.

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

Councilman Stokes is a lifelong resident of Baltimore City.