Republican Alan Walden Says He Will Cut Taxes, Streamline Agencies If Elected Baltimore Mayor

Alan Walden smokes a cigar as he distributes gold-and-black fliers advertising his underdog mayoral campaign on a drizzly Sunday afternoon in Fells Point.

The 80-year-old Republican seeking to lead staunchly Democratic Baltimore is at a street festival, jawing about improving public transit and cutting property taxes. A ’90s alt-rock anthem hums in the background.

“I’m an unapologetic Baltimore booster,” Walden tells Paul Arnest and his wife, Tracy Miller, in a voice honed over a half century in broadcasting.