Speakout

September 19, 2007

WE WANT YOUR OPINIONS

ISSUE: County Executive John R. Leopold raisedmore than $100,000 last week at an exclusive fundraiser attended mainly by developers -- each of whom paid the $4,000 state maximumfor a campaign contribution.

Leopold,who won election in November pledging that hewouldn't be beholden to developers, said that hehasn't changed and that his record bears that out.

"Whether a donor givesme $4,000, $1,000 or zero dollars, it won?t change the direction Iwill pursue in the county," he said.

Even as critics, including his Democratic opponent last fall and a former Republican county executive, accused Leopold of hypocrisy, they acknowledged that fundraising is part of political life.

YOUR VIEW: Given that the Leopold administration is beginning a once-adecade review of the county?s growth plan, a process thatmight open the door to billions of dollars in new development, do you trust that he will represent the county's best interests?

Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout@baltsun.comby tomorrow. Please keep your responses short, and include your name, address and phone number.Aselection will be printed Sunday.

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