SECTIONS

BALTIMORE COMPTROLLER

Joan M. Pratt
  • Democrat
  • Age 64
  • Pratt is a Democratic candidate for comptroller. She has been Baltimore's comptroller since 1995 and hasn't faced a primary challenge since 1999. She says that her auditors have saved city taxpayers nearly $50 million over the years. A fight with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake over upgrading the city government's phone system led to an ethics complaint, an inspector general's investigation and a court battle. The two are now working together to upgrade the bulk of the city government's 10,000 phone lines, a move expected to modernize the system and save money.

Jon Bombach
  • Libertarian
  • Age 36
  • Bombach calls himself an advocate for transparency and accountability in city finances and believes small businesses are the foundation for a better Baltimore. Additionally, Bombach proposes the implementation of bi-annual audits to identify problem areas and develop solutions. Bombach is currently a financial officer managing a billion dollar annual budget. He holds a bachelor’s of science in financial economics from UMBC and a master’s of science in finance from the University of Baltimore.