Update: Press release sent out today:
Howard County Executive Calvin Ball Files for Re-Election
Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, a Democrat, filed for re-election today at the Howard County Board of Education. In 2018 Ball won a historic election against Republican Allan Kittleman, garnering more than 75,000 votes—more than any previous Howard County Executive, and winning by 5.7 percentage points or more than 8,000 votes.
“Since being elected as County Executive, we have worked tirelessly to bring transformative change and opportunity for all who live, work, play, and grow in Howard County,” said Ball. “In these challenging times, I’ve been inspired by how we have come together to help each other in the time of need, and we know hope is on the horizon. We have made incredible progress, but our work is not yet done. I was excited to file for re-election so we can continue to build on our efforts to support our residents and businesses.”
In 2018, Ball committed to making Howard County the best place to live for all and has assembled a significant record to advance Howard County. Ball built an administration to govern with innovation, transparency, and sensible leadership who work collaboratively to respond to the needs of all residents. Howard County has become a model across the nation under his leadership due to significant progress with his ongoing COVID-19 response and efforts to advance Howard County’s education, economy, and environment.
Ball led the County through the COVID-19 pandemic with a data-informed, people-driven approach that ensured decisions were made in coordination with healthcare professionals based on relevant metrics. During his leadership, Ball:
- Supported small businesses and economic development by providing over $20 million in HoCo RISE Business grants to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic;
- Collaborated with our Board of Education and School System to eliminate a health fund deficit by 2021 when the balance went from a $1.6 million surplus in 2015 to a $39.2 million deficit in early 2019;
- Collaborated with the Board of Education to provide the largest educator bonuses in the State during the pandemic;
- Maintained the County’s credit rating of AAA, the highest possible, making Howard County only one of 49 counties across the nation to receive this rating from all three credit rating agencies;
- Signed the strongest Forest Conservation Law in Maryland; and
- Took bold actions to preserve green space, including recently offering $6 million to buy and preserve the green space at Camp Ilchester.
Here is text in an email from The Calvin Ball Team I received today:
I officially filed for re-election for Howard County Executive at the Howard County Board of Election today. Since being elected in 2018, it has been an incredible honor and privilege to serve as your Howard County Executive.
We have worked tirelessly to bring transformative change and opportunity for all who live, work, play, and grow in Howard County. In these challenging times, I’ve been inspired by how we have come together to help each other in the time of need, and we know hope is on the horizon. We have made incredible progress, but our work is not yet done.
Howard County has now become a model across the nation due to our significant progress with our ongoing COVID-19 response and efforts to advance Howard County’s education, economy, and environment.
From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank each of you. Not only for believing in me, but for believing in one another, as we continue to make progress for all. None of our progress would have been possible without your support.
Howard County Executive
As of this post County Executive Ball is the only Democratic candidate to officially file to run for County Executive in 2022.
On the Republican side of the race is Allan Kittleman and Darren Vilus as of today.
Filing deadline is February 22nd