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September 30, 2014
Howard County Council member Courtney Watson attempts to justify her inaccurate and formulaic attacks on the record of her Republican opponent in the county executive race, Sen. Alan Kittleman, record with "I believe that calling out an opponent's record is fair in an election. " Isn't it time someone closely examines her record for a calling-out? How many more not-so-temporary trailer classrooms have been installed during her tenure on the Howard County school board and the council?
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NEWS
September 30, 2014
Howard County Council member Courtney Watson attempts to justify her inaccurate and formulaic attacks on the record of her Republican opponent in the county executive race, Sen. Alan Kittleman, record with "I believe that calling out an opponent's record is fair in an election. " Isn't it time someone closely examines her record for a calling-out? How many more not-so-temporary trailer classrooms have been installed during her tenure on the Howard County school board and the council?
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NEWS
September 26, 2014
The senior population will grow dramatically over the next several years and that makes proposals for accommodating the increasing numbers of older adults an important story. Yet The Sun chose not to cover Howard County executive candidate Courtney Watson's proposal for improving senior services in the county. As an active advocate on older adult issues, I am impressed with Mr. Watson's ideas and think the people of Howard County deserve to know what they are. It's ironic that The Sun, which often complains about a lack of substance in political campaigns, missed an opportunity to write about substantive proposals by a substantial candidate.
NEWS
September 26, 2014
The senior population will grow dramatically over the next several years and that makes proposals for accommodating the increasing numbers of older adults an important story. Yet The Sun chose not to cover Howard County executive candidate Courtney Watson's proposal for improving senior services in the county. As an active advocate on older adult issues, I am impressed with Mr. Watson's ideas and think the people of Howard County deserve to know what they are. It's ironic that The Sun, which often complains about a lack of substance in political campaigns, missed an opportunity to write about substantive proposals by a substantial candidate.
NEWS
October 9, 2005
THE ISSUE With the announcement by County Council Chairman Guy Guzzone that he will not run for Howard County executive in 2006, Democrats must look for another candidate to run against Ellicott City Republican Christopher J. Merdon, who has been campaigning for weeks. Possible candidates include former County Councilman C. Vernon Gray, Del. Frank S. Turner, County Councilman Ken Ulman and school board Chairman Courtney Watson. Whom would you like to see on the Democratic ticket? Watson best in strong field The Democrats appear to have the benefit of a very qualified and talented candidate pool for County Executive hopefuls.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 21, 2003
The Howard County Board of Education rescinded a November amendment to school superintendent John R. O'Rourke's contract yesterday after the Maryland attorney general's office deemed it illegal. "The effect of the contract amendment is to make a prospective reappointment that is in conflict with the requirements of [state education laws] and is therefore unenforceable," Assistant Attorney General Valerie V. Cloutier wrote in an advice-of-counsel opinion issued Monday. Maryland law states that a superintendent's contract cannot be renewed until February of the year it expires - next year, in O'Rourke's case.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2011
The County Council will wait until the end of the month to decide on a tax-relief measure for nonprofit swim clubs. But the five-member panel did unanimously approve an amendment that clarifies language in the pool bill to make it reflect existing state law. The credit would apply to clubs that use their facilities "exclusively to provide a recreational outlet for a local community," according to the amendment. Some officials had questions about whether the bill would conflict with state policy on credits for nonprofits.
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By Larry Carson | April 8, 2007
The last election was just five cold months ago, but as spring blooms, many politicians are thinking about -- you guessed it -- fundraising. "I think we're looking to do one major event like this a year, and one family-style, low-dollar picnic," County Executive Ken Ulman said about his Ten Oaks Ballroom event planned for Clarksville on Tuesday night. Although council members Calvin Ball and Courtney Watson have recently held fundraising events, state legislators cannot schedule them until after the General Assembly's annual 90-day session adjourns tomorrow.
NEWS
By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | April 10, 2005
A DETERMINED group of Ellicott City residents planned to begin this weekend collecting the first of what it hopes will be enough signatures to put the County Council's contested omnibus rezoning bill on the general election ballot next year. "We don't think it's going to be difficult at all" to gather the required 2,500 valid names by May 10, and then at least 2,500 more by June 10, in order to petition council bill No. 2 to referendum, said Angela Beltram, a former council member who is leading the drive.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2011
Courtney Watson can run for a third and final term on the Howard County Council in 2014 or for a General Assembly seat, but it must be tempting to consider running for county executive instead, because County Executive Ken Ulman is term-limited and out of office by the end of that year. "I'm done, man. I just want good people to stay in public service," Ulman commented at Watson's recent $35-per-ticket fundraiser at Serafino's restaurant in Ellicott city that drew more than 100 people.
NEWS
September 12, 2013
Party: Democrat Age: 51 Born: Clarksville on Sept. 8, 1962 Current location: Ellicott City Schools: Atholton Elementary, Clarksville Middle, Atholton High School Degrees: B.A. Loyola College of Maryland (1984); M.B.A. Loyola College of Maryland (1986) Family: Husband Richard, three children Family note: Father Ed Cochran was Howard County executive from 1974 to 1978 Current seat: District 1 County Council member (since 2006)
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2011
The County Council will wait until the end of the month to decide on a tax-relief measure for nonprofit swim clubs. But the five-member panel did unanimously approve an amendment that clarifies language in the pool bill to make it reflect existing state law. The credit would apply to clubs that use their facilities "exclusively to provide a recreational outlet for a local community," according to the amendment. Some officials had questions about whether the bill would conflict with state policy on credits for nonprofits.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2011
Courtney Watson can run for a third and final term on the Howard County Council in 2014 or for a General Assembly seat, but it must be tempting to consider running for county executive instead, because County Executive Ken Ulman is term-limited and out of office by the end of that year. "I'm done, man. I just want good people to stay in public service," Ulman commented at Watson's recent $35-per-ticket fundraiser at Serafino's restaurant in Ellicott city that drew more than 100 people.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2010
Courtney Watson won her Howard County Council seat with a 988-vote margin four years ago as Democrats were rising in popularity nationally. Now, with that public favor seemingly waning and a prominent Republican like Robert L. Flanagan opposing her, can she prevail again in a district that has elected officials from both major parties? Watson, a former school board member who is also vice president of a commercial insurance firm, said she's confident running on her record. Watson, whose District 1 covers Ellicott City and Elkridge, said she's proved herself an independent Democrat willing to buck County Executive Ken Ulman and the council's other three Democrats.
NEWS
By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2010
In this year of hyper-partisan political rhetoric, County Council chairwoman Courtney Watson, a Democrat, has struck a different note in her re-election campaign. Cindy Ardinger, the campaign manager whom Watson introduced at her hotel fundraiser April 23, is a Republican, as were some of the guests rubbing shoulders with county employee union leaders and liberal Democrats such as County Executive Ken Ulman and U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes. Watson, who represents Ellicott City and Elkridge, is from a swing district where voters have elected both Democrats and Republicans.
NEWS
By Larry Carson | April 8, 2007
The last election was just five cold months ago, but as spring blooms, many politicians are thinking about -- you guessed it -- fundraising. "I think we're looking to do one major event like this a year, and one family-style, low-dollar picnic," County Executive Ken Ulman said about his Ten Oaks Ballroom event planned for Clarksville on Tuesday night. Although council members Calvin Ball and Courtney Watson have recently held fundraising events, state legislators cannot schedule them until after the General Assembly's annual 90-day session adjourns tomorrow.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2010
Courtney Watson won her Howard County Council seat with a 988-vote margin four years ago as Democrats were rising in popularity nationally. Now, with that public favor seemingly waning and a prominent Republican like Robert L. Flanagan opposing her, can she prevail again in a district that has elected officials from both major parties? Watson, a former school board member who is also vice president of a commercial insurance firm, said she's confident running on her record. Watson, whose District 1 covers Ellicott City and Elkridge, said she's proved herself an independent Democrat willing to buck County Executive Ken Ulman and the council's other three Democrats.
NEWS
By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2010
In this year of hyper-partisan political rhetoric, County Council chairwoman Courtney Watson, a Democrat, has struck a different note in her re-election campaign. Cindy Ardinger, the campaign manager whom Watson introduced at her hotel fundraiser April 23, is a Republican, as were some of the guests rubbing shoulders with county employee union leaders and liberal Democrats such as County Executive Ken Ulman and U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes. Watson, who represents Ellicott City and Elkridge, is from a swing district where voters have elected both Democrats and Republicans.
NEWS
October 9, 2005
THE ISSUE With the announcement by County Council Chairman Guy Guzzone that he will not run for Howard County executive in 2006, Democrats must look for another candidate to run against Ellicott City Republican Christopher J. Merdon, who has been campaigning for weeks. Possible candidates include former County Councilman C. Vernon Gray, Del. Frank S. Turner, County Councilman Ken Ulman and school board Chairman Courtney Watson. Whom would you like to see on the Democratic ticket? Watson best in strong field The Democrats appear to have the benefit of a very qualified and talented candidate pool for County Executive hopefuls.
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