In our view, the state of Maryland is not the enforcement body of consequence; it is us. By which, we mean residents of Carroll County. If state law did not require disclosure of the fact that a candidate's spouse is part owner of a company contracted to do work for the county, would we not want to know it anyway? The answer is clearly yes, we must. Public knowledge of that fact would give the public a tool to judge the actions of that candidate, and if elected, that commissioner. That is one example of information we are not entitled to under the current ethics ordinance. Voters have the most to gain by requiring that candidates and elected officials publicly declare their business and financial interests and enshrining a method to adjudicate suspicions of corruption. The current two-page disclosure form for commissioners is wholly inadequate, whether the state says so or not.