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Baltimore Co. Council approves public campaign financing measure

Baltimore Co. Council approves public campaign financing measure

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...

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