What is specific to Baltimore is the current opportunity for low-income and working-class folks to run for office. Last November, a majority of voters authorized a charter amendment to create a fund to publicly finance political campaigns of local candidates. Last week, Mr. Burnett introduced legislation to support implementation of this fair elections fund and process. Councilmember Burnett’s bill stipulates, for instance, that any candidate seeking public matching funds cannot take money from corporations, PACs, or even unions, and creates a matching fund that amplifies small donations, matching them exponentially in a way that allows small donors and residents to build power. As one of the many residents who supported this change, I expect the City Council to pass Mr. Burnett’s bill in a move toward truer representation of the Baltimore community in our local government.