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Howard voters to elect new county executive, state delegation members

Polls across Maryland will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. today as voters elect a new governor, state and county officials.

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman is on a top ticket as gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown's running mate, while Columbia resident Boyd Rutherford, a former cabinet member in the administration of Gov. Bob Ehrlich, is on a ticket with Republican candidate for governor Larry Hogan.

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At the county level, Howard voters will choose a new county executive to replace Ulman. State Sen. Allan Kittleman, a Republican from West Friendship, is up against County Councilmember Courtney Watson, a Democrat from Ellicott City. The Howard County Times has a story outlining the race here.

On the council, two new candidates are vying to fill Watson's seat in District 1: Democrat Jon Weinstein, who owns consulting business Line of Sight, is running against Republican Kevin Forrest Schmidt, the vice president of government relations at Smiths Detection in Washington. Council president Calvin Ball has a challenger in Republican Ralph Colavita in District 2, while Republican council member Greg Fox is up against Clarksville Democrat Alan Schneider in District 5. Democratic council members Jen Terrasa, in District 3, and Mary Kay Sigaty, in District 4, are both running unopposed.

Howard's state delegation will be filled with new faces at the start of session in January. Voters will elect replacements for Kittleman, as well as retiring state Sen. Jim Robey, of District 13, and retiring Dels. Jimmy Malone and Steven DeBoy, of District 12A, and Del. Liz Bobo, of District 12B.

And on the school board, voters will choose four new members. Incumbents Cindy Vaillancourt and Sandie French are running for re-election. They're joined by candidates Allen Dyer, Dan Furman, Dr. Zaneb Beams, Christine O'Connor, Bess Altwerger and Mike Smith in the race.

Howard County has 118 polling places across its six precincts; to find your voting location go here.

Howard County Times reporters will be live-blogging the election; check back for updates, including photos, quotes and turnout numbers, throughout the day.

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