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By DAN RODRICKS | September 25, 2000
AT THE SECOND Dutch Ruppersberger-Jim Ports debate last week in Baltimore County, an interesting character emerged from the audience: Bill Bralove, 49, part-time appliance salesman, president of a Randallstown community group, Renew, and a provocateur with poster board. Bralove opposes Senate Bill 509, Dutch's ambitious neighborhood renewal law that critics have blasted as a "land grab." County residents get to vote on the issue Nov. 7. Dutch and Ports, another opponent of the law, have been debating it at public forums.
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October 10, 2014
Several weeks ago I, and other women voters in Howard County received four glossy mailers attacking Allan Kittleman, the Republican candidate for county executive. The mailers were distributed by Mr. Kittleman's opponent, Democrat Courtney Watson, and her political allies. The allegations they contain are shocking and misleading. The truth is Mr. Kittleman never "called for arming teachers and principals. " A 2006 newspaper article mistakenly attributed that statement to him. The Watson team has admitted its error but has not sent out a retraction.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2013
Del. Steve Schuh has hired a manager for his campaign to become Anne Arundel's next county executive. Diane Croghan will lead the Republican's campaign. Crogan previously worked for County Executive Laura Neuman and former County Executive John R. Leopold on issues related to Fort George G. Meade. She's also worked for the House of Delegates Republican Caucus and served as a regional political director for former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., according to Schuh. "Diane is bright, creative and has a strong history of successful campaign experience," Schuh said in a statement.
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By Alison Knezevich and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has endorsed District 2 Councilwoman Vicki Almond in the November general election - after backing her Democratic primary opponent earlier this year. It's known in political circles that Almond and Kamenetz don't always agree, and that became clear when Kamenetz endorsed Almond's opponent, Jon Herbst, in the June primary. In a press release this week, Kamenetz announced support for Almond as well as others in the northwestern part of the county: Sen. Bobby Zirkin, Dels.
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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2010
Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold, a Republican running for re-election, has seven times the campaign cash of his nearest competitor, though Democratic opponent Joanna L. Conti has outpaced Leopold in fundraising this year. With a little more than two months before the November election, Leopold has $568,000 cash on hand. Conti, an Annapolis business executive, has $81,000, and Green Party candidate Mike Shay has $3,100, according to campaign documents filed with the state elections board last week.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2014
Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman and Del. Steve Schuh will meet in their first debate in the county executive's race on Monday night. The Republicans will face off at 8 p.m. at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. in Annapolis. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Neuman was appointed county executive in February 2013 to replace John R. Leopold, who resigned following his conviction of misconduct in office. Schuh, who has served two terms in the House of Delegates, also sought the appointment.
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November 29, 2013
Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman will host a holiday open house on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The event will run from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Arundel Center, 44 Calvert St. in Annapolis. It will feature musical performances from public school students and the bell choir from Opportunity Builders, Inc., a nonprofit organization that serves people with developmental disabilities. Participants are invited to sign holiday cards for troops overseas and to bring donations of nonperishable foods for the Anne Arundel County Food & Resource Bank.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2013
With John R. Leopold suspended from office due to Tuesday's criminal convictions, some Anne Arundel County Republicans are jockeying to be the next county executive. "My name is going in," said John Grasso, who represents the Glen Burnie area on the County Council. He announced last year that he planned to run for the office in 2014. "I might as well get a head start. " For months - even as Leopold battled the charges - names have been floated as potential replacements. After Leopold was suspended, some County Council members said that a measure to declare his position vacant would be scheduled for introduction Wednesday and a vote Monday.
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June 18, 2014
Perhaps the most hotly contested - or at least the nastiest - local race in the state this year is the Republican primary for executive in Anne Arundel County. Incumbent Laura Neuman, a political novice who was appointed to the job last year after John Leopold resigned in disgrace, is fighting a challenge from Del. Steve Schuh, who had been planning for this race before most people in Arundel political circles had even heard of Ms. Neuman. They are spending unprecedented sums of money for a primary in Anne Arundel, and most of it appears dedicated to tearing each other down.
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January 13, 2012
Harford County Executive David R. Craig will host a public hearing on the FY13 budget on Wednesday, Jan. 18. The 6 p.m. budget hearing in the school auditorium is open to the public and will be held at Havre de Grace High School. "The purpose of the budget hearing is to allow the citizens of Harford County to make known the priorities that they would like to see funded in the budget for fiscal year 2013," Craig said in a press release. Craig will be joined at the hearing by members of his cabinet and county budget officials.
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September 30, 2014
Power reliability was a foreign concept just a few years ago. For years, many of us in Howard County suffered through power outage after power outage. We lost freezers full of food, stayed overnight in hotels and risked running generators to stay warm. Sometimes, as in the case of the derecho in June of 2012, we were without power for days and weeks. Things have been markedly better in the last year when it comes to power outages, and lest we forget, I wanted to remind everyone how this happened and why we owe our thanks to Councilwoman Courtney Watson.
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September 24, 2014
For most of Maryland, David R. Craig might be remembered best as the candidate for governor who finished second to Larry Hogan in the Republican primary earlier this year. But there's another title the outgoing Harford County Executive ought to have wrapped up - the elected official least interested in a pay raise. On Tuesday, Mr. Craig vetoed legislation that would have raised the county executive salary from the current $105,000 (a $90,000 base plus cost-of-living adjustments) to $130,000.
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September 5, 2014
We are lucky in Howard County to have in Courtney Watson a candidate for county executive who is well-prepared to step in to the job ( "Howard County executive candidate Watson unveils education platform," Sept. 2). After serving four years on the school board and 8 years on the county council, Ms. Watson is ready to take the helm and continue leading this county in the right direction. She is a strong supporter of our world-class school system, she believes in providing the best available training for police and fire personnel and she has a unique understanding of economic development.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
After taking a beating from a handful of critical constituents, members of the Anne Arundel County Council voted Tuesday night not to give a pay raise to the next set of councilmen. The measure to gradually increase the annual salary for the part-time, elected position from $36,000 to $40,518 failed on a 2-5 vote. The votes in favor came from Councilmen Jamie Benoit, a Crownsville Democrat who sponsored the bill, and Dick Ladd, a Broadneck Republican. Neither will return to the council after the election, after Ladd lost his primary and Benoit hit term limits.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
A proposal to give pay raises to the next Anne Arundel County Council and the next county executive will be the subject of a hearing this week. The proposal comes from Councilman Jamie Benoit, who is not running for re-election because of term limits. For the county executive, Benoit's bill would increase the $130,000 salary to $165,000 over four years - an increase of nearly 27 percent. For members of the council, increases for most members would be from $36,000 to $40,518 over four years, which is about a 12 percent raise.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
As the fall campaign season opens, Republican Anne Arundel County executive hopeful Steve Schuh has three times as much money as his Democratic rival, George Johnson, according to campaign finance reports filed this week. Schuh, a state delegate from Gibson Island, has $225,321 in cash available to spend, compared to $72,348 for Johnson, a former county sheriff from Pasadena. Schuh and Johnson are among the Maryland candidates who filed reports Tuesday detailing their fundraising and spending from June 9 through Aug. 19. Johnson has been building his campaign after getting into the county executive's race late, while Schuh has been rebuilding his finances after a hard-fought Republican primary against incumbent County Executive Laura Neuman.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | September 30, 2013
Harford County Executive David R. Craig, Director of Economic Development James Richardson and Harford County Government celebrated Business Appreciation Week Sept 16 to 20. Each day of the week, the county executive, county council members, municipal leaders and representatives of the Office of Economic Development toured businesses throughout the county to recognize them for their hard work and success. Craig reached out to area businesses to say "thank you" for their work.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2012
A new player entered the fight in favor of expanded gambling as Wayne K. Curry, a former  Prince George's County executive, registered a pro-Question 7 ballot committee Thursday. Curry's committee, Maryland First NOW - Vote Yes On 7, Inc. , is separate from the ballot committee financed largely by MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment.  MGM is the prospective operator of a casino that could be built at National Harbor in Prince George's if Question 7 is approved by voters.
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By Michael Dresser | August 26, 2014
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz ended the most recent campaign finance reporting period with just over $1 million in the bank. His Republican rival, George Harman, reported just under $3,000. What the two have in common is that they both filed their reports well before Tuesday night's midnight deadline. This year's executive race was never expected to be particularly close, but Kamenetz'  roughly 333-1 advantage illustrates the power of incumbency in an increasingly Democratic-leaning county.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Baltimore County officials are praising a Maryland Court of Appeals ruling that the county didn't need to hire a third party to settle a 2011 dispute with the police union. The dispute centered on an incentive program the county started in 2010 to encourage good attendance among employees. If a worker used no sick time for a year, he or she would get money to buy a $100 savings bond and a congratulatory letter from the county executive. But the program was "only modestly successful," according to county officials, and the savings bond component was ended the next year.
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