The first challenger to County Executive Allan Kittleman in the 2018 election has declared his candidacy.
Republican Darren Vilus, 30, of Columbia, filed with the state board of elections last week to run against Kittleman in the primary election in June 2018. He is the first candidate of any political party to do so.
Vilus originally moved to the county in 1997, and now serves as a cashier at Weis Markets in Columbia. He graduated from Howard County Community College in 2015.
If elected, Vilus said his top priority would be education, and ensuring that young people are fully prepared to enter the workforce in Howard County. Vilus said he wants to take a hard look at the...