Fixing Our Democracy – in Baltimore and Across America

August 11, 2018

Dear Friend,

On Wednesday, I held a panel discussion in Baltimore to highlight the many exciting democracy reform initiatives taking place around the country at the local, state and federal levels.

Maryland has led a nationwide effort to fix our democracy, reduce the corrosive influence of wealthy and well-connected special interests and return power to the people – where it belongs.

Across our great state – including in Montgomery County, Howard County, and most recently, in Baltimore City – committed citizens and thoughtful legislators have joined forces to advance positive reforms that will help improve the responsiveness, transparency and accountability of state and local government.

As Chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force in Congress, I am fighting to advance similar reforms at federal level. (See here to learn more about these empowering reforms.)

Wednesday’s panel discussion could not have occurred without the support and generosity of my fellow panelists – Baltimore City Councilman Kristerfer Burnett (bottom right), Damon Effingham of Common Cause Maryland (bottom left) and Emily Scarr of Maryland PIRG.

I am truly inspired by the energy and passion that my fellow Marylanders share for the transformative democracy reforms taking hold in our state. The progress we make at the state and local levels will help pave the way for a once-in-a-generation reform agenda in Congress. And when we ultimately succeed in this important and noble effort, we can put the American people back in charge of our democracy and return to government of, by and for the people.


Congressman John Sarbanes
Maryland’s Third Congressional District