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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,larry.carson@baltsun.com | December 7, 2008
As the second-smallest county geographically in Maryland, Howard generally doesn't have the political heft of the state's biggest jurisdictions. But when the real presidential election is held in Annapolis on Dec. 15, two of the 10 Maryland electors casting ballots for Barack Obama are to be Howard Dels. Guy Guzzone and Elizabeth Bobo, both Democrats. Neither knows why they were selected by the state party, they said. Despite the popular vote nationally, the Electoral College, under the law, elects the president, a fact that upset those same Democrats in 2000, when George W. Bush lost the national popular vote but won the electoral tally.
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Blair Ames and The Baltimore Sun Media Group | June 14, 2013
Del. Guy Guzzone, a Columbia Democrat, announced Thursday that he will run for Sen. Jim Robey's open Senate seat in 2014. "Join with me, together we're going to continue to do good things for this community and for the state," Guzzone told a crowd of approximately 250 supporters inside the Ridgely's Run Community Center in Jessup. Guzzone's annual pizza party fundraiser was attended by notable politicians such as Howard County Executive Ken Ulman and Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, along with numerous state delegates and county council members.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | July 10, 2005
COUNTY COUNCIL Chairman Guy Guzzone's name is often mentioned as the most likely Democratic candidate for county executive next year, but don't jump to any conclusions. The lanky father of three says he has not decided what to run for, or whether to run at all. "When I decide, I'll announce," Guzzone said last week. "Here are my options - county executive, state Senate, House of Delegates, County Council, or nothing." Guzzone, a North Laurel-Savage Democrat in his second council term, said he is pondering personal and professional considerations, noting that there are 16 more months before the November 2006 election.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2013
Del. Guy Guzzone, who had been considering a run for Howard County executive in 2014, has ruled out such a race and will seek re-election to the General Assembly. Guzzone,  who represents the east county 13th District, said Thuesday night that he had not yet decided whether to run for re-election to the House or to seek the Senate seat being vacated by fellow Democrat James Robey, who recently announced his retirement. All three delegates from the 13th, a Democratic stronghold, have attained leadership poisitions in the House that could make staying put an attractive option.
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By Craig Timberg and Craig Timberg,SUN STAFF | September 17, 1997
Guy Guzzone, executive director of the Maryland chapter of the Sierra Club, has created a campaign committee, the first formal step toward running for the Howard County Council seat now occupied by Republican Dennis R. Schrader.Guzzone, a Democrat who opposes the rezoning of 522 acres of Rouse Co. land for a mixed-use project in North Laurel, plans to make growth control a centerpiece of his campaign."Residential growth does not pay for itself," said Guzzone, 33. "We need to make sure we have the correct balance on economic development."
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,sun reporter | September 27, 2005
Two-term county councilman and presumptive Democratic candidate for Howard County executive Guy Guzzone said yesterday he would not run for the office for personal reasons, throwing the contest wide open. County Executive James N. Robey, a Democrat, cannot seek re-election because of term limits, though he is thought to be considering a state Senate bid next year. Democrats control the County Council by a 3-2 majority. Guzzone, 41, who has three children and grew up an only child in Parkville, said his decision is due to his 81-year old father's heart disease and tenuous physical condition, and the need to help both his parents and his own family.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | March 23, 2005
Hundreds of Howard County's retirees are virtually certain to benefit from competing but nearly identical tax reduction plans announced yesterday by rival County Council members. One day before the filing deadline for bills to be introduced next month, Ellicott City Republican Christopher J. Merdon and Guy Guzzone, a North Laurel-Savage Democrat, revealed their tax reform plans. Both men are expected to run for county executive next year. Merdon and Guzzone each proposed a bill that would defer future property tax increases - interest-free - for people 65 or older or totally disabled who have household incomes below about $75,000.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | December 24, 2001
If Howard County Councilman Guy J. Guzzone thought his Zoning Board vote on the Maple Lawn mixed-use development wouldn't come back to haunt him at election time, he was wrong. Kirk J. Halpin, a Republican real estate lawyer who got to know Guzzone when both served on the Kings Contrivance Village Board, came out swinging on the issue in launching his campaign for Democrat Guzzone's seat. "I consider Guy a friend. I think he's a nice guy, no pun intended," said Halpin, who added that "I do hate negative attacks."
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | January 18, 2000
Howard County Councilman Guy J. Guzzone could be the man in the middle on two of the county's most sensitive issues -- crowded schools and development. It's not a new position for the slow-growth environmentalist. His two fellow Democrats on the council often split with the two Republicans, leaving him as the five-member group's swing vote. A council public hearing tonight will showcase the tougher issue: whether to include middle schools in the law limiting development around the county's crowded elementary schools.
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By Gady A. Epstein and Gady A. Epstein,SUN STAFF Sun staff writers Edward Lee, Jill Hudson Neal and Del Quentin Wilber contributed to this article | November 4, 1998
The Democratic Party won back control of the County Council yesterday as Democrat Guy Guzzone defeated Republican Wanda Hurt in the crucial swing district of southern Howard, and the two Democratic incumbents from Columbia won re-election with relative ease.The results amount to an utter disappointment for Republicans, who also lost the county executive's race yesterday. The Democrats appeared to benefit from high voter turnout, but also capitalized on the departures of all three GOP council incumbents and, to some degree, this year's heated education budget battle between Republicans and the school system.
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November 9, 2011
Guzzone and Robey, co-chairs of the delegation, have sponsored another bill to change how the Columbia Association is defined under state law. Because the Columbia Association has been considered a homeowner's association, it has had to pay nominal lobbying fees for officials to go to Annapolis and request to be exempt whenever legislation to amend the Homeowner's Act is proposed. Another reason to redefine the Columbia Association, Guzzone said, "is as a strict homeowner's association, they don't qualify for certain kinds of federal funds, including disaster relief.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2011
Del. Guy Guzzone has $100,274 in campaign cash put aside, likely enough to pay for another run for the General Assembly, but he said his annual home pizza party should boost that total by at least $35,000 as he ponders a run for higher office. "I have not made a decision what I'm going to run for, but county executive is high on the list of possibilities," he said Monday. Thursday evening, his tune didn't change as he spoke to about 200 people, many of them donors who filled his driveway, garage and front lawn eating free pizza.
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By Larry Carson | January 17, 2010
S tate legislation this year to make referendum petition drives easier would likely get support from six General Assembly members from Howard County who appeared at a League of Women Voters luncheon, though only one legislator said she'd favor making any change retroactive. Del. Elizabeth Bobo said she'd favor retroactivity in answer to a question from Marc Norman, a Turf Valley development critic whose attempt to recall a County Council zoning change allowing a larger supermarket there was disqualified last year by the county election board.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,larry.carson@baltsun.com | November 15, 2009
Ya gotta love politicians accusing other elected officials of being, well, political. Democrats and Republicans agreed 100 percent Thursday morning at the annual Howard County Chamber of Commerce legislative breakfast panel discussion that their fellow elected officials are not going to raise any taxes next fiscal year, though they disagreed on motives. State Sen. Allan H. Kittleman, the senate minority leader, said it's all about next year's elections, and warned the GOP-friendly business group to watch out for "historic" tax increases in 2011.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,larry.carson@baltsun.com | June 7, 2009
Government is often said to move slowly, but it does move, as many of those involved in planning a new 51-acre park and a 63,000-square-foot community center in North Laurel can attest. Bulldozers should be appearing within the next few weeks in what are now woods and grass between the rear of Laurel Woods Elementary School and Whiskey Bottom Road, and the $25.2 million combined facility is to open in October 2010 - after a mere two decades of effort for what most acknowledge is an old, settled area without enough public amenities.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,larry.carson@baltsun.com | February 22, 2009
The drama associated with the final voting session of the county's General Assembly delegation last week occurred mostly behind the scenes. And it came in the form of legislators' handling of two minor measures. In the end, both perished, but the episode seemed to provide a glimpse at the sometimes-curious ways of business in Annapolis. Republican state Sen. Allan H. Kittleman said he rejected what he viewed as an offer from Ned Cheston, the Ulman administration's General Assembly lobbyist, to save one of the senator's measures in exchange for him changing his vote and supporting an unpopular administration bill.
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By LARRY CARSON and LARRY CARSON,SUN REPORTER | September 28, 2005
Now that County Council Chairman Guy Guzzone has given up his quest for the Democratic nomination for Howard County executive, other high-profile county Democrats are deciding whether to take his place. Former five-term County Councilman C. Vernon Gray has not ruled out running for the top job, nor has Del. Frank S. Turner. County Councilman Ken Ulman is seriously mulling over the opportunity -- though Dels. Elizabeth Bobo, a former county executive, and Shane E. Pendergrass are not. And Gray wondered if someone from outside the political world, someone "who has not been on the firing line making tough decisions" might not be best.
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January 29, 1999
CHANGES that Howard County Councilman Guy J. Guzzone wants to make in the mixed-use zoning classification are political dynamite that must be handled carefully. Mixed-use zoning is a good tool to implement Smart Growth policies that reduce sprawl and cluster development for efficient use of infrastructure. That tool could be damaged in Mr. Guzzone's zeal to stop one particular project.The councilman, former head of the state Sierra Club chapter, has been an ally of critics of two large, planned mixed-use developments.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,larry.carson@baltsun.com | December 7, 2008
As the second-smallest county geographically in Maryland, Howard generally doesn't have the political heft of the state's biggest jurisdictions. But when the real presidential election is held in Annapolis on Dec. 15, two of the 10 Maryland electors casting ballots for Barack Obama are to be Howard Dels. Guy Guzzone and Elizabeth Bobo, both Democrats. Neither knows why they were selected by the state party, they said. Despite the popular vote nationally, the Electoral College, under the law, elects the president, a fact that upset those same Democrats in 2000, when George W. Bush lost the national popular vote but won the electoral tally.
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