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Vicki Almond

Ethics and election reform in Baltimore Co.

Ethics and election reform in Baltimore Co.

It would be nice to assume the county that produced Spiro Agnew and Dale Anderson of the 1960s and their subsequent high-profile public corruption prosecutions in the 1970s would already be a leader in ethics and election reform four decades later — at least within Maryland or perhaps by Greater Baltimore Metropolitan Area standards. But nobody has ever accused Baltimore County of being way ahead in the good or even “open” government curve. Yet, suddenly, all that may be changing.

This past week, Baltimore County Executive John A. Olszewski Jr. announced two initiatives that could go a long way toward assuring Baltimore County residents that their...