Monday, November 5, 2012
Find out about the six candidates running for seats on the Howard County Board of Education
On Monday, Patch spoke with candidates for Board of Education, perhaps the tightest race in Tuesday's election in Howard County . The six candidates are hoping to be one of three candidates who win seats. Voters select three candidates on the ballot. Here's more on each candidate, listed in alphabetical order: Bob Ballinger Ballinger, of Ellicott City, said on Monday he was spending the last few hours before Tuesday’s election with good friends and making sure his signs are at the polls. During his campaign, Ballinger has focused on fiscal responsibility in the school system, championing early childhood education, and allowing open enrollment, in which parents would be able to send their kids to the school of their choice. Ballinger, who …
Democrats comfortable, hoping for a strong turnout.
At the Howard County Republican headquarters in Ellicott City on Monday, volunteers moved quickly around a nicely appointed office, bringing in yard signs, discussing issues. "We're looking for an upset, that's what we want," said O.P. Ditch, vice president of the Howard County Republican Club. On the other end of the political spectrum, at the Howard County Democratic Central Committee in Columbia, Michael McPherson, the chair of the committee, said he didn't anticipate any surprises on Tuesday. "We started months ago, so today we have all the ducks lined up," said McPherson on Monday. "I don't see any upsets here." McPherson, who has worked with the committee for 12 years, said the main concern he has is the weather. "As long as the …
Director expects an 84 percent turnout for 2012 election in Howard County.
The director of the Howard County Board of Elections advised residents to head to the polls in the afternoon on Tuesday to avoid long lines during an election in which big turnouts are expected. Guy C. Mickley, director of the board of elections, expects an 84 percent turnout among the county's 188,000 registered voters. That compares to the 60.88 percent turnout Howard County saw in the 2010 gubernatorial general election, according to state election data. State turnout for that election was 54.02 percent. He added that about 16 pecent of the county voted during early voting this year and another 3 or 4 percent will vote absentee. "Anytime in the middle of the day when people are at work is the best time to go to the polls," said …
Friday, November 2, 2012
County Executive Ken Ulman said he would vote Friday.
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman wrote in a blog post Friday that he was going to vote for school board candidates Janet Siddiqui, Jackie Scott and Ellen Flynn Giles as part of early voting at the Florence Bain Center on Friday. "I have worked with both Ellen and Janet for a number of years, and I know how committed they are to ensuring our students receive a top-notch education," wrote Ulman on why he made the decision to support those three candidates in a competitive Howard County Board of Education race. "Jackie Scott is a leader who will bring energy and passion to the Board, and I am proud to call her my friend." In addition, Ulman said he would vote yes on Question 4, the Dream Act, Question 6, in support of gay marriage, and …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Several local organizations and bloggers have made endorsements to candidates running for Board of Education this year.
Howard County voters will have to pick three candidates from a field of six for Howard County Board of Education in November. Patch has posted an informal poll where voters can find more information about each candidate. Below, we've organized candidate endorsements from leading voices around the community. We'll continue to update this article as more endorsements for candidates are made. Howard County Education Association - Union representing more than 5,000 teachers and school staff in Howard County. The union's president, Paul Lemle, wrote in an email confirming the organization was sticking with the candidates it supported in the primary. "They were the best candidates in the field then, and they remain so. They are all …
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Talk about your top pick for school board in comments or vote in our poll.
There are six candidates running for three seats on the Howard County Board of Education this year. So far the candidates have discussed the issues the county's schools face at two forums, which you can read about here and here. In addition, each candidate has posted on their websites where they stand on important issues such as redistricting, equity across schools, technology, open enrollment and much more. Find that information by clicking on the candidates' name below: Bob Ballinger - Staffer for Congressman Joe Pitts, of PA, from Ellicott City. Ann De Lacy - Retired teacher, former president of the Howard County Education Association, from Columbia. David Gertler - Technology executive, from Ellicott City. Ellen Flynn Giles - …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
A newly released Washington Post poll shows residents favor upholding the same sex marriage law.
A Washington Post poll found that 52 percent of likely Maryland voters would uphold the state law allowing same-sex marriages, while 43 percent would vote against upholding it. If approved, the law will go into effect next year. Same-sex marriage won a narrow legislative approval earlier this year, but opponents petitioned to have a referendum placed on the November ballot—Question 6. The Post poll, which telephoned 1,106 Maryland adults, found likely voters divided on the issue by race, region and political party: In September, Gonzales Research, an Annapolis polling firm, found similar results in its poll. The firm polled 813 registered voters across the state and found that 51 percent of likely voters would support Question 6, while …
Monday, October 8, 2012
Citizens of Elkridge, it's time to prepare for the polls.
The 2012 Presidential Election will take place on Nov. 6. Are you ready to have your voice heard?
Submit your question in the comments section below; Patch questions may be answered during the televised Oct. 16 Town Hall Presidential Debate.
Monday, October 8, 2012
If last Wednesday’s presidential debate left you with more questions than answers, here’s your chance for the presidential candidates to address the issues that most matter to you. The next presidential debate will be a town hall meeting format at Hofstra University in Long Island, where voters will ask President Obama and Mitt Romney about domestic and foreign policy. Patch is asking you, our readers, to participate by submitting questions for the candidates. All you have to do is post your question in the comments section below and we’ll send it to the Commission on Presidential Debates. The Commission is partnering with Patch's parent company—AOL—along with Google and Yahoo, to take questions from web users across the country. Don’t …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Alice Giles is using technology to distribute more information about upcoming elections.
Whether the subject is zoning, elections or stormwater, Alice Giles can talk fast and she can talk extensively. Providing information is what Giles, 26, does as co-president of the League of Women Voters of Howard County. Before elections, the nonpartisan group creates an election guide and holds forums for prospective candidates. "We're a group who figures we don't have all the answers," said Giles, who works as a curriculum editor for the Maryland State Department of Education. "But we believe the more information you have, the better answers you can find." Giles said she believes the league fills a niche for people like her, who are looking for accurate information in a format that attempts to eliminate bias. "It's great that we can put…