TOWN HALL MEETING ADDRESSES FAIR ELECTIONS BILL FOR COUNTY

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FORT WASHINGTON – A more accessible campaign system may be in the future for Prince George’s County.

County Councilmembers Mary Lehman, Mel Franklin and Obie Patterson joined members of the Fair Elections Maryland Coalition at a town hall on Dec. 7 to discuss an upcoming council bill that would pass a Fair Elections Act for the county.

The bill would enable candidates for county council and county executive who receive small-dollar donations to qualify for limited matching funds if they refuse large contributions and those from corporations, political action committees (PACs) and other non-individuals.

Lehman plans to introduce the bill, which she described as her “number one legislative priority in 2018,” during the council’s first week back in January.

“It opens up the whole process, encourages grassroots campaigns,” Lehman said. “It means that citizens have a stronger voice, that there’s less influence from people and causes and interest groups with deeper pockets, and that the average person’s voice is literally magnified by these matches.”

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