O’Malley to launch series of meetings on goals for state with discussion of violent crime


Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), who will leave office in January, is set to kick off a series of events Monday promoting “strategic goals” he has set for the state.

The first session, planned for late Monday morning in Largo, will be devoted to reducing violent crime. Prince George’s Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) and State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks are expected to join O’Malley for the discussion.

Over the course of his two terms, O’Malley has established goals in 16 areas, which will be reviewed in coming months, aides said.

In 2007, O’Malley set a goal of driving violent crime down by 20 percent by the end of 2012. Having exceeded that target, he set a new goal last year for an additional reduction of 20 percent by 2018.

Progress on some other goals has been more limited. The administration, for example, is lagging on a plan to double mass transit ridership by 2020.

The planned “Governing for Results” sessions are similar in some respects to a shorter series of meetings last year in which O’Malley reviewed progress on his goals. Some observers suggested at the time that he was taking a victory lap as he prepared to leave office and considered launching a possible 2016 White House bid.

John Wagner has covered Maryland government and politics for The Post since 2004.
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