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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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Economic Development- Building an Environment Where Business Can Grow and Thrive

This morning I unveiled my economic development plan - a plan that capitalizes on existing strengths in cyber security and technology; engages more directly with small, minority-owned, and community-oriented companies; and reduces duplicative regulations. 

Under a Watson administration, there will be continued focus on Howard County's entrepreneurial spirit that will continue our record of lowest-in-the-state unemployment, and would leverage nearby resources such as the U.S. Cyber Command.

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Watson Unveils Education Plan for Howard's Future

I wanted to share with you, the press release from earlier today! Let me know what you think!

Watson Unveils Education Plan for Howard’s Future

Full resources for curriculum enhancement, technology adoption and closing achievement gap are highlights

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Women's Equality Day

Nearly 100 years later and still much to do

Today is Women's Equality Day, the anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote. Women have made progress, but we still have so much more work to do.  

As the only candidate in the race for Howard County Executive that fully supports the right of all women to make their own reproductive choices, I am determined to ensure that we do not take for granted the hard-fought rights gained for us by women activists, like Margaret Sanger, who helped legalize contraception and who founded Planned Parenthood. 

I am also the only candidate in the County Executive’s race who...

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Elections and Consequences

I, for one, am elated that Election Day is fast approaching.  I am looking forward to a respite from campaign analysis; and a shift to writing about other topics of interest. So stay tuned as more will….not so fast.

This one is for progressive-minded Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated HoCo voters who are undecided or possibly Kittleman-leaning in the Howard County Executive race.  Let’s play a game of “What If?”

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Howard County Executive Candidate Would Hit the Ground Running (Letter)

We are lucky in Howard County to have in Courtney Watson a candidate for county executive who is well-prepared to step in to the job ("Howard County executive candidate Watson unveils education platform," Sept. 2).

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A Sign of Leadership

Yesterday Democratic Candidate for Howard County Executive Courtney Watson announced her vision for the future of our school system. I couldn't be there because I was teaching.

Yes, there's something rather delicious about that.

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Electing the Next Howard County Executive

State Senator Allan Kittleman, the Republican nominee for Howard County Executive, faces a big challenge. He is running for elective office in a jurisdiction that has been trending increasingly Democratic in recent elections.

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Howard County executive Candidate Watson Unveils Education Platform

Howard County executive candidate Courtney Watson on Tuesday unveiled her education platform, a 17-point plan that seeks to expand funding for some current programs and bring new ones, including the International Baccalaureate program and tech business partnerships, to the county. 

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