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Fair Election Fund Work Group

About the Work Group

In his first month in office, County Executive Olszewski announced a package of reforms intended to improve accountability in county government and strengthen ethical standards, including a proposed charter amendment to create a system making a public financing option available to candidates running for County Council and County Executive.

In 2019, the proposed Charter amendment was passed with bipartisan support from the County Council and placed on the ballot as Question A in the 2020 general election. Baltimore County voters approved Question A on November 3, 2020.

As the establishment of this system is now required by the County Charter, the County Council must enact legislation to create a Fair Election Fund System for candidates running in the 2026 election cycle.

Members

In order to ensure that this legislation reflects best practices in equalizing access to the electoral process, the County Executive has convened the Baltimore County Fair Election Fund Work Group. Chaired by Councilman Julian Jones, this bipartisan group of stakeholders will be tasked with making recommendations on the creation and implementation of the new public financing program.

  • Chair: Julian Jones, Baltimore County Council
  • David Marks, Baltimore County Council
  • Samay Kindra, Yes for A! Baltimore County Citizens' Election Fund
  • Emily Scarr, Maryland PIRG
  • Sue Garonzik, League of Women Voters of Baltimore County
  • Joanne Antoine, Common Cause Maryland
  • Jessica Klaitman, Community Affairs Director, Office of Councilman Julian Jones    
  • Eric Washington, Community Member

Policy Recommendations

The work group’s efforts and recommendations will include, but will not be limited to, the following policy areas:

  • The process by which candidates opt into the Fair Election Fund System and the requirements for candidates who seek to participate
  • Limits and thresholds related to matching fund limits and qualified donors
  • The mechanisms of the Fair Election Fund, including the manner and timing of disbursements to campaign committees
  • The process by which residents can donate to the voluntary contribution subfund of the Fair Election Fund
  • The details involved in standing up the Fair Election Fund Commission, which will be tasked with providing annual recommendations to the County Executive on the appropriations necessary to keep the Fair Election Fund System fully funded

The work group will issue its recommendations in a final report to the County Council no later than September 30, 2021.

Meetings

To view upcoming meeting details and documents, select from the list below.

 

Contact Information

For questions or more information about the Fair Election Fund Work Group, email fairelectionfund@baltimorecountymd.gov.

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Office of the County Executive

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Towson, Maryland 21204

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Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Phone:

County Executive

John A. Olszewski, Jr.

 
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