This information in not on the HCEA website yet…but it has been reported by the Baltimore Sun…so I am going to put it out to my readers.
The Howard County Education Association, the union that represents more than 5,000 educators in the county’s public schools, has endorsed Democrat Calvin Ball in the 2018 race for county executive.
Ball, a member of the County Council, is running against Democrat Harry Dunbar in the June 26 primary and is the presumptive front runner to challenge incumbent Republican Allan Kittleman in November.
“I am especially honored that our educators have endorsed me as the next Howard County Executive,” Ball said in a statement. “I will work tirelessly to serve all of our children, families and educators.”
HCEA President Colleen Morris said that the endorsement of Ball was not a “popularity contest,” but came down to priorities and who the union believed would put education first. Kittleman failed to win the union’s support when he ran for county executive in 2014.
Rebecca Otte, a 15-year veteran teacher at Fulton Elementary School, said she voted to endorse Ball because of the commitment she believes he’ll make to raising education funding.
Read the full article here: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/columbia/ph-ho-cf-hcea-endorsements-0426-story.html
This is a big win for the Ball team. Here are the reported responses from Harry Dunbar and the Kittleman team in the article:
Dunbar said he was “disappointed” by the union’s decision and felt it was making a “tremendous mistake” in choosing Ball.
Kittleman campaign manager Sean Murphy said in a statement that the campaign respects the union’s decision, and that the county executive’s “record speaks for itself.”
“Allan has strong support within the HCPSS and HCEA community. He has earned this support by increasing education funding beyond the maintenance of effort and ensuring that teacher salary increases are funded,” Murphy said in the statement. “Allan has tremendous respect for our educators and will continue to work to make sure our students have a safe and strong learning environment.”
I can respect the response from the Kittleman team…not so much from Dunbar.
Might this be a game changer? You never know…in a race that is expected to be close…every endorsement matters.
Stay tuned as I will continue to monitor additional HCEA and other organizations endorsements of candidates.