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Howard leaders like probable Brown-Ulman ticket

By Blair Ames, bames@tribune.com

6:00 PM EDT, May 29, 2013

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Michael McPherson doesn't hesitate when asked about the prospects of Howard County Executive Ken Ulman joining Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown on the ticket as Brown seeks to be the first lieutenant governor elected governor of Maryland.

"I think it's a winner," said McPherson, chairman of the Howard County Democratic Central Committee.

Brown is expected to tab Ulman as his running mate Monday during an announcement in Columbia.

Ulman, serving his second-term as county executive, is term-limited and was exploring a run for governor himself.

McPherson said the dynamics of the pair are an "excellent combination" for a statewide bid because of Brown's ties to Prince George's County and Ulman's base in Howard.

"From my perspective, you can't win a statewide office unless you get a significant vote here (in Howard)," he said.

Tom Coale, author of HoCo RIsing, a blog discussing local, state and national politics, said the expected announcement is "great news" for the county.

"I think Ken is well situated to be a strong lieutenant governer and a strong addition to the ticket," he said.

Coale said Ulman would have faced a challenge with name recognition if he were to run for governor, but joining Brown offers him the opportunity to move higher in state office and promote what he has accomplished in Howard.

While Attorney General Doug Gansler has a monetary advantage over Brown and Ulman should he decide to enter the race, Coale said Ulman is a formidable candidate because of his creative policies and leadership in a "solution-based government."

"He will be a very strong asset to the Brown campaign," Coale said.

Howard County Council member Calvin Ball said he is excited and pleased to see two of his friends working together.

He said the possibility of Lt. Gov. Ken Ulman is not only good for Maryland, but also good for Howard.

"I know him to be an innovative, creative and thoughtful individual," Ball said.

A Brown and Ulman ticket means "great things are on the horizon for Maryland," he added.