State Sen. Allan Kittleman, a West Friendship Republican, is set to officially launch his campaign for Howard County executive in 2014.
Kittleman said this week on his Facebook that he will make an announcement Tuesday, June 11 at 4 p.m. at Clyde's of Columbia.
“I’m very excited about the announcement, and I’m looking forward to meeting with people next Tuesday to let them know exactly what I’m doing.”
A celebration fundraiser will follow at the home of a supporter in Glenwood.
Kittleman declined to comment further.
Kittleman is the first to declare his candidacy for county executive, a position left vacant by term limits, ending current executive Ken Ulman's tenure in 2014. This week, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown officially announced Ulman as a running mate in his 2014 gubernatorial bid.
Kittleman currently represents District 9 in the Maryland Senate, which includes parts of Southern Carroll County, Western Howard County and Ellicott City. He was first appointed to the Senate in 2004. Prior to that, Kittleman served on the Howard County Council from 1998-2002.
Meanwhile, County Council member Courtney Watson, an Ellicott City Democrat, said she was “giving very serious consideration to running” for executive in 2014.
“I will be making a decision in the very near future,” Watson said. “I'm working very hard on the issues in front of the council right now and want to keep my focus on my current job for the time.”
Watson said residents of Howard County need to think about what's best for the county, including protecting the school system and attracting new business to the area.
Watson has represented District 1 on the council since 2006. Prior to that, she was a member of the Howard County Board of Education for four years.