Two candidates, one job. Allan Kittleman and Calvin Ball are both running as candidates. This is our synopsis of the race and candidates for County Executive. Each candidate’s position listed below is based upon their
Two candidates, one job. Allan Kittleman and Calvin Ball are both running as candidates.
This is our synopsis of the race and candidates for County Executive. Each candidate’s position listed below is based upon their answers given in the League of Women Voter’s Forums, which we consider to be one of the only remaining nonpartisan sources because they don’t offer any public positions on any candidates, preferring to leave it up to voters. Each candidate’s position is in the color below:
As for social media, a scan revealed some interesting things about each candidate:
Dr. Ball heralded his endorsement from previous county executives Liz Bobo and James Robey on social media. Though some people consider name-dropping to be beneficial, it is our opinion that endorsements by two such people who were The Old Guard (both notorious for unprecedented development and therefore have partial responsibility for the lack of foresight in planning for infrastructure that needed to go along with that development) should not have been welcomed by Ball. It only really indicates who the usual political machine here in Howard wants to see in office. See the tab WHO THEY WANT for more information on this, and it has nothing to do with being a member of the same political party as you will see. Besides, Robey was the kiss of death endorsement for Medinger in the primary. (https://scotteblog.com/2018/02/11/dan-medinger-receives-big-endorsement-from-former-county-executive-and-md-senate-majority-leader-jim-robey/)
On Kittleman’s candidate page, there is one post that garnered the most commenting in the past 3 months. It even received more comments than the contentious Ellicott City flood mitigation announcements. As you can see by the language from Kittleman, he keeps consistent with his tendency to go after Ball. That’s fair game in politics. Allan must really need the public support from wherever he can get it from, and the People’s Voice has some nerve to be alleging to be the voice of the people. They don’t do endorsements for all races, and they did one for Kittleman, but it boggles the mind to see them going to such lengths to try to take a candidate down (Ball) unless that is there way of helping the candidate they do endorse?
When they did the endorsement, their claim to be the ethics guru got called out on another blogger site scotteblog.com:
One recent comment on Kittleman’s campaign Facebook page was interesting to see, but mostly because Kittleman apparently doesn’t answer comments by his constituents. Plenty of dialogue by others, and none by him.
Pulled from Kittleman’s Facebook page was this following graphic he had made. We stopped reading it after encountering the words “Allan Kittleman ended pay to play in Howard County”, because with the amount of developer contributions that he has now and has historically received, there’s just no way that he could actually say that with a straight face.
And that should be of extreme concern to anyone concerned about ethics in politics, if the two can coexist. With no analysis of developer contributions made by any organization we could find, we find it necessary to do the following on both candidates to set the record straight. Keep in mind that it’s only a SAMPLE of the contributions:
Want to try that again about what you ended, Allan?
Our Recommendation for Executive:
Calvin Ball, but only because he at least indicates a willingness to be held accountable if he gets the job. Kittleman repeatedly places blame on others when it’s currently his responsibility. Additionally, for Kittleman to say “yes the President has issued language that’s divisive, but nothing like the legislation that Dr. Ball put in” was ridiculous. There’s nothing that has happened here that can come close to the divisive language coming out of DC. Additionally, let’s not forget that Kittleman got the job by defeating Courtney Watson because people wanted to put a stop to an era of legislating that Robey/Bobo/Ulman exemplified and embraced. Yes, Ball exemplifies it also, but so does Kittleman.
We need a different ilk of candidates here, if something different is desired in Howard County. Because it shouldn’t be