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Who's best on minimum wage in Baltimore Co.?

A rally is held at City Hall in favor of raising the minimum wage to $15 across Maryland. (Kennth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun video)

The Sun recently reported that current Baltimore County Councilwoman Vicki Almond, a candidate for county executive, announced at a candidate forum that she supported the Fight For $15 campaign and having Baltimore County adopt a $15 an hour minimum wage by 2023 ("Baltimore County executive candidates from both parties make pitch at interfaith gathering," April 14).

This came as quite a surprise to those of us who have been active in the Fight For $15 campaign at the national, state, city and county level for the past few years. To date, Councilwoman Almond has done nothing to further the effort she now says she embraces. She has not introduced legislation to adopt the Fight For $15 or even study the issue. She has not even been public in supporting a statewide measure.

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In over seven years on the County Council, there is no record of her making any attempt to raise minimum wages in Baltimore County. Now, a few weeks before a primary election, she says she supports the campaign. Is that leadership?

Ms. Almond tried to explain her lack of success in moving the issue forward by saying "that's the way the council works." Apparently, her brand of leadership means waiting for others to build a solid majority for an issue and then taking credit for it. No wonder many voters may become cynical.

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Unfortunately for Ms. Almond, voters will have other choices. One is Sen. Jim Brochin who has consistently opposed a higher minimum wage for working families. The other is former Del. Johnny Olszewski, Jr. who has been a lifelong advocate for increasing wages for Baltimore County's working families.

In this race, Mr. Olszewski has proven time and time again to be a strong ally for working families.

Shanda Good, Parkville

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