Announced via Press Release on January 19th:
Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, a Democrat, won in 2018 against his Republican opponent with 75,000 votes, winning by 5.8 percentage points or 6000 votes, defeating the incumbent County Executive by the largest margin in Howard County History. Since Ball’s victory, 14,428 people have registered to vote, with 86% registering as Democrats.
With 530 donations of $250 or less, accounting for 85% of donations since the January 14, 2021 campaign finance report, Ball raised $176,539.52 over the past year and has $695,766.50 Cash on Hand.
“In a year with canceled fundraisers, and where the focus wasn’t on raising campaign donations, I’m humbled to have such strong and broad support,” Ball said. “Once again, similar to during our historic 2018 victory, we are building an amazing grassroots campaign, and this can only be done due to our commitment to working together.”
This year, Ball prioritized a multitude of issues building on his mission to make Howard County the best County for all.
With the continued fight against COVID-19, Howard County is a state leader with one of the highest vaccination rates among eligible residents. The County has also provided more than $20 Million in HoCo RISE Business Grants to nearly 2,000 businesses, including restaurants, farms, childcare, nonprofits, and art venues.
Additionally, Howard County has prioritized the preservation and conservation of our environment with the enforcement of the Forest Conservation Act. The County Executive also placed a bid to purchase Camp Ilchester from the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland as part of a commitment to preserving nearly 21 acres of green space. Furthermore, Howard County joined the Bee City USA coalition, making it the first Bee City County in Maryland.
County Executive Ball committed $8 million of the American Rescue Plan to provide bonuses to our hard-working educators. To help keep our educators safe, he launched an additional COVID testing site dedicated to County employees, including teachers and their families. The County Executive also dedicated $2 million to combat the ongoing bus driver shortage, which will help provide increased salaries and benefits to recruit and retain bus drivers.
These successes were made possible by the 620 individuals and businesses that generously contributed to the Calvin Ball Team over the past year. With your support, County Executive Ball will remain committed to ensuring Howard County is the best place to live, work, play and grow for all.
Learn more about his campaign at VoteCalvinBall.com.
See the PDF version of the press release here: The Calvin Ball Team_Press Release
I will have a January 2022 Campaign Finance article out tomorrow morning with summaries and full report details of all candidates running for Howard County Executive in 2022.