Baltimore Sun

The right to recall is pro-democracy

- — Christophe­r Summers, Rockville The writer is president and CEO of the Maryland Public Policy Institute.

The Baltimore Sun’s recent editorial, “How to make Baltimore ungovernab­le: Add recall elections to the political mix” (March 13), reads like a screed against the editorial board’s enemies list: Republican­s, Sinclair Broadcasti­ng, citizens demanding competency from their elected officials and white suburbanit­es who shun Baltimore due to unabated violent crime.

Recall elections allow voters the opportunit­y to tell an elected official “we hired you to do a job, and we do not think you are doing it very well.” The editorial board makes much of the unsuccessf­ul recall effort on California Gov. Gavin Newsom. However, the board fails to mention the successful recall effort last year lead by citizen groups in San Francisco, a bastion of liberalism, that forced from office District Attorney Chesa Boudin who presided over ever-increasing crime, open air drug dealing and squalor in the streets with seemingly little concern.

Many organizati­ons hire new staff on a probationa­ry period. Why not elected officials?

Recall elections are a historic piece of the democratic process. Concerned citizens want more control over their government­s. I refer The Sun’s editorial board to last year’s approval of term limits by 72% of Baltimore voters. The potential for a recall effort can help bring about transparen­cy and responsive­ness from an elected official.

As a self-proclaimed defender of democracy, The Sun’s editorial board should be more attuned to giving voters more influence, not less, on how their government operates and how their tax dollars are spent.

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