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Robert A. Zirkin
Howard executive candidates have similar backgrounds, different philosophies
Howard executive candidates have similar backgrounds, different philosophies

Courtney Watson and Allan Kittleman are children of Howard County. In a hard-fought campaign season that's run the gamut of issues over the past year, it's a core fact that keeps each candidate grounded. Follow Watson or Kittleman to just about any spot in the county, and they can share a childhood memory of the place: learning to swim at Running Brook pool, ice skating on Lake Kittamaqundi, buying baseball trading cards at the Wilde Lake pharmacy. "Howard County – all of it – is my hometown," Watson told supporters when she announced her candidacy for county executive last fall. Kittleman made his own announcement "with deep respect and love...

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