This might be the biggest announcement of the 2022 election cycle in Howard County: Allan Kittleman will be seeking to regain the office of County Executive in Howard County in 2022. He announced today that he is entering the race. Here is the announcement:
One of the big items in the announcement is that Allan Kittleman will participate in the Citizens Election Fund. I will have more on that in a future article.
This will be the third run for Howard County Executive for Allan Kittleman.
In 2014 Kittleman won the race for County Executive by defeating Courtney Watson:
In 2018 in his re-election bid, Allan Kittleman lost to Calvin Ball:
Allan Kittleman recently has been working with Fair Maps Maryland (an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the abolition of politically motivated gerrymandering and the full implementation of non-partisan redistricting).
Prior to the 2014 victory in the Howard County Executive race Kittleman served as a Maryland State Senator from 2004 to 2014, representing the 9th district covering Howard and Carroll Counties, and was Senate Minority Leader from 2008 to 2011. He also served on the Howard County Council from 1998 to 2004.
Maybe you have seen the “Bring Back Kittleman” signs at events around the county:
You have to believe these folks will be motivated by this announcement.
Current Howard County Executive Calvin Ball has already announced that he plans to run for re-election in 2022 (Announced on June 1, 2021: Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announces he is running for re-election as County Executive)
I do not expect Allan Kittleman or Calvin Ball to face significant challenges in their Primary races in 2022. If I am correct this would setup a rematch of the 2018 election.
I expect this announcement to help the Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts in Howard County. If this rematch does not bring out voters locally nothing will. I also believe that this rematch will have an impact on local races for County Council, Courthouse races and the races in at least District 9 for Senate, 9A Delegate and 9B Delegate (and maybe other races depending on how redistricting goes this year).
I have been working up some designs to promote this rematch. Here is what I have come up with so far:
Let me know which version is your favorite in the comments.
As a reminder I am tracking all Howard County candidates running in 2022 here on the blog: https://scotteblog.com/2022-primary-election-candidates-howard-county/
Additional voting information for 2022 can be found here: https://scotteblog.com/2022-election-information-for-carroll-county-and-howard-county/
Primary Election – June 28, 2022, 7 am until 8 pm
- Early Voting for the Primary Election – Thursday, June 16, 2022 through Thursday, June 23, 2022 from 8 am until 8 pm
General Election – November 8, 2022, 7 am until 8 pm
- Early Voting for the General Election – Thursday, October 27, 2022 through Thursday, November 3, 2022 from 8 am until 8 pm.
One of my goals is to setup interviews with candidates for my followers. Hopefully both Allan Kittleman and Calvin Ball will be interested in joining me at some point down the road this election cycle. You can be sure I will ask.