On Wednesday, former Baltimore County Executive, Ted Venetoulis, passed away at age 87.
MACo expresses its condolences to Ted’s family and friends. Ted leaves a lasting legacy in the state of Maryland, and in Baltimore County, as a visionary and reformer.
According to Pamela Wood of The Baltimore Sun:
Theodore G. “Ted” Venetoulis, the son of Greek immigrants who steered Baltimore County’s government out of a time of scandal and later worked in TV and publishing, died Wednesday. He was 87.
Venetoulis, a Democrat, was elected Baltimore County executive in 1974 and served one term, before losing the Democratic primary for governor in 1978.
Maryland Matters ran coverage with a reflection on Venetoulis’s legacy:
Venetoulis was a hard-working county executive, credited with modernizing Baltimore County government, pushing environmental initiatives, preparing for suburban growth, and attempting to dismantle the Democratic political machines. But he was also considered a publicity hound, earning the moniker “TV Teddy.”
“As county executive I held town meetings, the first ones in Baltimore County,” Venetoulis said during a 1978 Washington Post interview. “I rode on garbage trucks, made district tours, opened up government meetings to the public, which I thought showed I was interested in an open government. Others called it a public relations stunt. It’s a matter of perception but I know why I did what I did.”
Reactions came in from Maryland’s political community: