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Olszewski proposes public financing for Baltimore County executive, council elections

Olszewski proposes public financing for Baltimore County executive, council elections

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. on Thursday proposed creating a system of public financing of local campaigns, saying it would reduce the influence of special interests on county politics.

Olszewski said he will put forth a charter amendment for the 2020 ballot to establish a “citizens’ election fund” for County Council and county executive candidates, an idea that would require the approval of both the council and county voters.

Candidates could opt to use the fund or continue to rely on private financing. Olszewski did not offer details on where the county would find the money for such a fund.

The plan is one of several measures Olszewski unveiled at...

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