Southeast Baltimore Has a City Council Race a Republican Could Win

For the first time in years, political observers are closely watching a Baltimore City Council race that’s not between two Democrats.

Republican Matthew McDaniel, a 28-year-old lawyer, is waging a spirited campaign against Democrat Zeke Cohen, 30, an educator. They are vying to represent the 1st District, which includes Canton, Little Italy and other Southeast Baltimore neighborhoods.

McDaniel is trying to break the Democratic Party’s streak of winning every election for a City Council seat since 1942 — 342 in all.