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Watson has quality of independent leadership [Letter]

We are in the midst of an election season. Signage is on many street corners. One that caught my attention was for Senator Kittleman declaring him an Independent Leader.

As an activist in Howard County, I have observed both State and Local government in action. In Annapolis, I attended several hearings in the Joint Hearing Room. These hearings are unique. The panel consists of leadership from both parties. Senator Kittleman, at the time of my attendance, was the elected Senate Minority Leader. He spoke the Republican rhetoric, ignoring the issue at hand and instead, debating the budget. I did not consider this non-partisan politics under any guise.

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Councilperson Watson, on the other hand, chaired the Howard County Council without party bias. She served as President of Women for Maryland Association of Counties, a politically diverse group. As a member of those groups, she asked the hard questions in order to vote what was best for the whole. In my opinion, she has served with thoughtful independence. Should the decision for leadership be based on independence, Councilperson Watson has consistently met that qualification.

Alison Beall

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