Thank you so much for your overwhelming support of my campaign. We came very close to victory, but in the end we came up a little short in the face of low voter turnout and a conservative tidal wave that swamped the national, state and local elections this year.
On the day before the election I want to take a minute to let all of my volunteers know how much your support has meant to me and my family. Since we announced on Sept 21, 2013, you have been there to knock on doors, make phone calls, have house parties, hold fundraisers, attend debates, put up signs and work the polls. There have been so many moments of grace throughout the campaign that reflect a community of people working together for the common values in which we believe.
Today, I'm turning my blog over to Cathy Eshmont who fought tirelessly to ensure power reliability for Howard County. I appreciate her kind words and support and most importantly, I appreciate that there are citizens like her who are willing to step up to find solutions. One of the best parts of being a public servant is working with citizens for positive change. ~ Courtney
Howard County was a leader and champion for the people of Maryland when those at the Maryland State level were content to do nothing to help us.
My opponent recognizes that we have “one of the highest qualities of living in the United States” but believes that we need to “revamp” Howard County’s economic climate.” Further, he states he will work to provide a “strong and vital business community built on sound economic principles”
I have to ask… Where has he been?
Here are the facts about Howard County’s economy:
I was a strong supporter and co sponsor of Council Bill 20-2014 which set significant limits on where industrial mulch manufacturing could exist in Howard county. I am unequivocally opposed to industrial mulch operations on farmland. This has been my position since I first became aware of the issue. I will continue to fight for limits and controls on industrial mulch manufacturing on farm property. Additionally, I am firmly opposed to the current illegal industrial mulching operation on agricultural preservation property and I support the County's action to enforce the code.
As a native Howard Countian, an education advocate, and a businesswoman who knows that a strong local economy is dependent on a friendly business environment, I am committed to continuing the progress Howard County has made. My experience working every day to solve local problems in Howard County as a member of the Board of Education and the County Council has given me the in-depth knowledge that I need to serve you well in the office of County Executive.
W e are in the midst of an election season. Signage is on many street corners. One that caught my attention
was for Senator Kittleman declaring him an Independent Leader.
Courtney Watson is the right person to build on the phenomenal accomplishments of Ken Ulman's years as Howard County Executive. She is a compassionate, principled, and skilled leader of strong character. Courtney is a strong supporter of affordable housing, including the downtown Columbia; enhanced programs for seniors and minority businesses; a woman's right to choose; Maryland Gun Safety Act, minimum wage bill, and the Dream Act; and fully funding education and Pre K.
Don't get me wrong, I like Allan Kittleman personally, but if we let him establish a Republican administration in Howard County, our economy and our top-rated services like education, libraries, and parks, will be jeopardized, as the current Republican ideology eschews any responsibility for services or infrastructure.
As a businessman in Howard County for over the past 30 years, I have come to appreciate the importance of balancing economic, social and environment concerns. It has made Columbia and all of Howard County a much healthier and attractive place to live and to work.