Baltimore County voters will decide next year whether to give local candidates the option of public campaign financing, under legislation approved Monday by the County Council.
The council voted 5-2 to approve the proposal by County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. Supporters say public financing could help reduce the influence of special interests on county politics by encouraging small donors.
Now, a charter amendment will be placed on the 2020 ballot for voters to weigh whether to establish the program starting in 2026.
Councilman Julian Jones, a Woodstock Democrat, and Councilman Todd Crandell, a Dundalk Republican, voted against the legislation.
Jones said he...