District 2 County Council member Calvin Ball announced today his decision to run for a third term on the council.

Ball, 38, a Democrat, has represented District 2, which includes the East Columbia communities of Long Reach and Oakland Mills in addition to parts of Elkridge, and Jessup, since 2006.


Ball had been among the Democrats mulling a run to replace departing County Executive Ken Ulman but decided against it. Fellow council member Courtney Watson, a Democrat from District 1, is expected to announce her bid for the county's top seat Sept. 21.

"I strongly considered running for county executive, however, I feel that Courtney Watson is a hard-working, thoughtful candidate who will fight for the things that I value, including education, public safety, job creation and environmental sustainability," Ball said.

He said he thought the council was the best place for him to continue representing the community for now. Council members are limited to three terms, so this would be Ball's last.

"I enjoy serving our community and the issues that I have been working toward are still important to me and I think that I still have something to offer," he said.

Ball cited the council's work to improve education, public safety and access to health care via the county's Healthy Howard program as projects he was proud to have worked on.

Before joining the council, Ball, who is currently an assistant professor in the department of education and urban studies at Morgan State University in addition to his council job, worked as a firefighter and EMT in the county. He was also the first community organizer in Howard County, where he worked to revitalize neighborhoods in Oakland Mills.

Since 2010, Ball has also served as chair of the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission's education subcommittee. He was recently appointed chair of the Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities.

Ball lives in Columbia with his wife and two daughters.