Don Norris, Public Policy, in the Baltimore Sun

With just over four weeks to go before the primary election, Baltimore County executive candidate Kevin Kamenetz has already spent over a million dollars on his campaign, more than three times his chief rival for the Democratic nomination, fellow County Councilman Joseph Bartenfelder.

Campaign finance reports filed for the latest deadline Tuesday suggest that voters can expect to see a bit more of Kamenetz on television, and lots of Bartenfelder volunteers working the districts, handing out literature and planting campaign signs. The two council veterans are facing each other in the most hotly contested county executive primary in decades.

“It’s awfully early to be spending on media with an election that’s a month away,” said Don Norris, professor and chair of public policy. “I wonder how effective a media buy like that will be.”

The article, “Kamenetz outspends Bartenfelder in costly Baltimore County executive primary,” ran August 17 in the Baltimore Sun.

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