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Building on the successes of our public safety program

Today, I introduced my vision for public safety in Howard County. The comprehensive program provides resources and flexibility to respond to emerging challenges, while leveraging technology to bolster community protection and improve efficiency of first responders.

I believe that the backbone of our quality in life in Howard County is public safety. The progress we have made in the past eight years is admirable. Howard County’s public safety system received national recognition for its performance during times of crisis. Now is the time to reassess and refocus for the future.

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Common Sense Gun Laws DO Matter in Howard County

This week, I released a new television ad that highlights my opponent’s dismal record on common sense gun legislation.

I believe it is important to the voters of Howard County to know where candidates stand on important issues and although my opponent has tried to distance himself from his record, we are holding him accountable to his own words, “Live on your record, be accountable on your record.” My opponent has earned an “A” rating from the NRA for his consistent votes against common sense gun measures.  I attach just a few of those votes at the bottom of this post for your review.

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Open and Transparent Government

Since my election to the County Council in 2006, I have introduced or supported more than 30 pieces of legislation designed to help create a more open and transparent government. Ensuring that citizens have open access to information to protect and promote their meaningful participation in the governing process is a core belief that has informed my past actions on the County Council and informs my future vision for government.

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Building A Model Community for Successful Aging

Today, as your Democratic nominee for county executive, I offered a comprehensive program of high-quality services for Howard County’s fast-growing older population. I also pledged to build a model community for best practices in aging. My plan includes no-cost expanded transportation options, a one-stop source for information and resources, and an expanded mission for Howard County’s senior centers.

The framework for such a community would come through a potential partnership with an institution of learning, drawing on the expertise of leaders in the field.

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Strong, Experienced Leadership is Critical to the Future of Economic Development in Howard County

The business community asked me earlier this week to explain why I believe I am the best candidate to promote our continued economic development success, and I want to share my answer publically.

I believe I have a unique combination of experience, which makes me the most qualified candidate in this race.

As a member of the County Council, I am proud of what we have accomplished in Howard County in the past eight years.  Yes, we have won numerous awards for our quality of life, for our great schools, and our number one library system.

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Howard politicians rally in support of gun control measures

Rally falls on Firearms Safety Act's first anniversary

Howard politicians joined gun control advocacy group Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence for a rally at the Columbia lakefront Wednesday to mark the one-year anniversary since the the Firearms Safety Act was implemented.

The act made Maryland one of only six states to require gun purchasers to be fingerprinted by state police.

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Watson Pushed Reliable Power in Howard

Letter to the editor

Power reliability was a foreign concept just a few years ago. For years, many of us in Howard County suffered through power outage after power outage. We lost freezers full of food, stayed overnight in hotels and risked running generators to stay warm. Sometimes, as in the case of the derecho in June of 2012, we were without power for days and weeks. Things have been markedly better in the last year when it comes to power outages, and lest we forget, I wanted to remind everyone how this happened and why we owe our thanks to Councilwoman Courtney Watson.

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Candidate Courtney Watson would improve senior services in HoCo

Letter to the editor

 

The senior population will grow dramatically over the next several years and that makes proposals for accommodating the increasing numbers of older adults an important story. Yet The Sun chose not to cover Howard County executive candidate Courtney Watson's proposal for improving senior services in the county.

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Courtney Watson has a record of listening and acting

Letter to the editor

Courtney Watson has a record of listening and acting

Courtney Watson listens.  Courtney advised my leadership when I developed a community-wide solution in 2001 to replace a Lowe's Home Improvement with an elementary school solution in Ellicott City.  Previously, as a community member, she led the team that created and opened the 12th high school. Her example helped me create a solution to alleviate school crowding in the northeast region, create 55+ housing along Montgomery Road and resulted in the Veterans Elementary School opening in 2007.

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Kittleman's record not in line with Howard values

Letter to the editor

Kittleman's record not in line with Howard values

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