FOR THE PEOPLE
The issues that Peter has championed over the years weren't always popular with the political establishment in Annapolis. Sometimes these causes, although important, didn't garner headlines nor were they the most attractive issues to champion as a politician.
Under his leadership, his sleepy, bureaucratic 1,100-person agency has transformed to become the most effective and efficient Comptroller's Office in the nation. On the Board of Public Works, his tenacious advocacy has led to significant reforms to our antiquated procurement system - resulting in greater transparency, accountability, and savings to the taxpayers. As vice chair of the State's Retirement System, he's fought on behalf of state employees and retirees to prevent devastating cuts to their pensions.
"Maryland voters are used to a strong, independent, outspoken comptroller, and that's what we've got in Peter Franchot."
BALTIMORE SUN EDITORIAL BOARD
But he's also been unafraid to take on powerful special interests and at times, even his own party's leaders, to do what's right.
As Maryland’s tobacco regulator, he banned the sale of disposable flavored e-cigarettes in Maryland -- products that have hooked thousands of children and teens onto nicotine and damaged their health.
He's fought to ensure that kids in Baltimore City and Baltimore County public schools have classrooms with functioning air-conditioning and heating units.
He's led the effort to reform Maryland's dysfunctional alcohol laws and has fought alongside Maryland’s outstanding craft breweries, which have been forced to compete against big beer monopolies and under the stranglehold of politically-connected distributors.
He's voted to preserve tens of thousands of acres of pristine open space, opposed sprawl development, and has a track record of being a fierce defender of our Chesapeake Bay and our cherished natural resources.
He's worked to expand financial education by mandating that all high school students take a financial literacy course before receiving a Maryland high school diploma.
He's achieved all of these things and more and will continue to deliver results for Marylanders in every corner of our state.
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