Former Baltimore County Councilman Douglas B. Riley has become the first candidate to file for the office of county executive.
Joined by his wife, his parents and a few campaign workers, the Towson Republican handed over his $25 filing fee at the county Board of Elections on Friday while pledging to campaign for more open government.
"I think Baltimore County is a good place," Riley said. "But I think it can be better."
Riley, 48, stepped down from the council in 1998, keeping a pledge to limit himself to two terms.
Riley faces a daunting challenge in a county where Democratic voters outnumber Republicans by more than 2-to-1.
He said a candidate in the November election will have to raise $600,000 to $1 million. The lawyer said he has raised $100,000.