With Anderson were Wicomico central committee staff members Miguel Mitchell and Sarah Myers, both of whom had met Ulman before.

Mitchell said he was with Ulman when he visited some business in downtown Salisbury with Mayor Jim Ireton last week.

“He really seems to be a good mediator between business and environmental issues,” Mitchell said about Ulman.

Myers was also impressed with Ulman’s interest in bringing jobs to the Eastern Shore.

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“His enthusiasm, it’s really amazing,” she said. “He just seems to love Maryland, all of it, not just Howard County. And he really wants to do good with the people.”

Myers added: “The Chesapeake Bay is so important to us here … it just seems like a lot of other politicians don’t care about that.” But Ulman does, she said.

Representatives of Professional Fire Fighters of Maryland, the organization that oversees all the local fire fighters union groups in the state, attended the fundraiser, complimenting Ulman on his commitment to public safety.

Of all the county executives in the state, “he’s probably been the most supportive of his fire fighters … providing them the things they need to do the job,” said Jeffrey Buddle, of Montgomery County.

Buddle added: “He has always honored the collective bargaining agreements he’s made and signed with the firefighters. … That’s unique in the region over the last couple of years with the difficult economy.”

John Quirk, a Baltimore County fire fighter and secretary/treasurer of the Professional Fire Fighters of Maryland, was impressed with more than Ulman’s commitment to public safety.

“He’s the complete package,” Quirk said, citing education, the environment and public parks as other areas where he’s been impressed with Ulman’s leadership.

Many of the attendees at the fundraiser were drawn to Ocean City because of the MACo conference. But Ellicott City resident Neil Middleton, who owns property in Ocean City, was drawn because of Ulman.

“I try to go to all of Ken’s events,” said Middleton, who is the cousin of state Sen. Thomas Middleton, a Charles County Democrat.

Middleton said he’s been to about five of Ulman’s events in the past year. Comparing the Ocean City event to the others, he noted: “It’s a good beach casual crowd.”

But the crowd was not Ulman’s largest draw.

“We’ve been to some where there are 400 people,” said Middleton, who was with his daughter.

Middleton had a lot of positive things to say about Ulman, who he said he’s known for years.

“He’s a good listener and he’s firm in what he decides based on what he’s learned,” he said.

Asked what makes Ulman stand out from others interested in a gubernatorial run, Middleton said: “I think he brings a view to the state that is fresh and he understands business concerns so we can grow jobs in Maryland.”

Some Howard elected officials, all Democrats, also attended the event, including County Council member Jen Terrasa, of Columbia, council member Courtney Watson, of Ellicott City, Del. Guy Guzzone, of Columbia, and Dels. Steven DeBoy and James Malone, both of Halethorpe.