The attached press release was sent out last night to our media contacts. I can’t thank you enough for your unwavering support in my campaign! In the Baltimore Sun video, I compared this campaign to a long distance race and we’re getting close to the finish line! Thank you so much for everything you’ve done to help me get here!
Do you remember your first bike? I do! It was a red secondhand bike that was a surprise waiting for me in the kitchen on my 10th birthday. Before that, I always rode my brothers’ bikes. As one of six children, biking was a part of our daily existence. Biking or walking was our primary means of transportation to our friend’s houses, to after-school activities and to our jobs. The County has grown tremendously since those days, and biking is making a comeback thanks to investments in trails and pathways, bike racks on buses and other initiatives guided by the creation of a Bike Master Plan.
Today I released my vision for becoming better stewards of our natural resources. Under my administration, Howard County would reduce landfill waste, boost water and land protection, and promote energy efficiency and agricultural land protection, solidifying the county’s sustainability leadership in Maryland.
My sustainability platform sets ambitious but realistic goals for the next generation of achievements in Howard County.
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.
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.
The Baltimore Sun showered Courtney Watson with praise in their recent editorial on the Howard County Executive race. They referred to Watson as “an immensely gifted and dedicated public servant.” They “hope she [Watson] will find many more opportunities to share her talents with the community.”
Yet, they endorsed Allan Kittleman. Let us examine their rationale for doing so.
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.
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.
Kim Graham and her husband want to live in Howard County -- it's where the couple work, it's where they grew up, it's where their friends are, it's where they go to church.
But the recently married couple, in their late-20s, reside outside the county, and not really by choice. Both teachers in the county, they can't afford to live in the richest county in the state on their modest salaries.
"Howard County is our home," Graham said. "To our dismay, we found that buying a house in Howard County is but a dream
Looks like the so-called "disputed" Allan Kittleman quote in the Team Howard Slate mailer was, in fact, properly sourced and completely accurate.
In short, Kittleman said it. Moreover, the Watson campaign and allies - contrary to claims otherwise - used the corrected story.