Kenneth Ulman

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Ken Ulman
Kenneth Ulman 2010.jpg
Ulman in 2010
Howard County Executive
In office
December 4, 2006 – December 1, 2014
Preceded by James N. Robey
Succeeded by Allan Kittleman
Personal details
Born (1974-05-04) May 4, 1974 (age 40)
Columbia, Maryland
Political party Democratic Party
Profession Attorney
Website Howard County Government

Kenneth Ulman (born May 4, 1974) was elected as County Executive of Howard County, Maryland in 2006.[1] He previously served as a County Council member representing District 4 of Howard County. He has served as Secretary of the Cabinet and Director, Board of Public Works in the Glendening administration. He lives in Columbia, Maryland with his wife and two daughters.

Early life and education[edit]

Ulman was born in Columbia, Maryland on May 4, 1974, and attended Centennial High School (Ellicott City, Maryland). Ulman interned at the White House and received a B.A. in Government & Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park in 1997.[2] Four years later, he received his J.D.[citation needed] from the Georgetown University Law Center and was admitted to the Maryland Bar Association. Ulman joined his father, Louis Jay Ulman, who is part of the firm Offit Kurman at Howard County's Maple Lawn Development, and the former Chairman of the Maryland Racing Commission appointed by Maryland Governor Parris N. Glendening. Prior to 2001 he served as director of the Maryland Board of Public Works determining state school construction allocations.[3][4] Ulman left his father's law firm partnership of Hodes, Ulman, Pessin & Katz, for which he worked on a contract basis, and subsequently started his own one-lawyer law firm in Columbia.[5]

Political activity[edit]

Ulman worked on campaigns to elect Bill Clinton in 1996, Maryland Governor Parris N. Glendening in 1998, and Kathleen Kennedy Towsend in 2002.[6] Ulman first ran for political office in 2002, when he sought the District 4 County Council seat being vacated by former Council member Mary Lorsung. Ulman won the Democratic primary by 50 votes, and beat Republican opponent Joan Lancos in the general election.[7][8] Ulman served a four-year term as a Council member in Howard County. In 2006, Ulman ran for County Executive against Republican Party opponent Christopher J. Merdon and independent candidate C. Stephen Wallis. A major theme of his campaign was his claim he played a role in preventing the closure of Columbia’s Merriweather Post Pavilion. Ulman won in the general election with 52 percent of the vote and was sworn in on December 4, 2006.

Ulman is Chair of the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board and Chair of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council. He serves on the Maryland Association of Counties' Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of the County Executives of America.

On June 3, 2013, Ulman announced that he would be running for Lt. Governor of Maryland as the running mate of gubernatorial candidate and incumbent Lieutenant Governor Anthony G. Brown in 2014.[9] On November 4, 2014, Brown and Ulman were defeated by the Republican ticket of Larry Hogan and Boyd Rutherford.

Election history[edit]

Year Office Election Subject Party Votes  % Opponent Party Votes  % Opponent Party Votes  %
2002 Howard County Council, District 4 General Kenneth Ulman Democratic 11,602 58% Joan C. Lancos Republican 8,260 42%  
2006 Howard County Executive General Kenneth Ulman Democratic 54,022 52.1% Christopher J. Merdon Republican 44,910 43.3% C. Stephen Wallis Independent 4,701 4.6%
2010 Howard County Executive General Kenneth Ulman Democratic 66,121 62.9% Trent Kittleman Republican 39,066 37.1%  
2014 Lt. Governor Maryland Primary[10] Anthony G. Brown–Kenneth Ulman Democratic 236,037 51.29% Doug GanslerJolene Ivey Democratic 111,497 24.23% Heather MizeurDelman Coates Democratic 99,913 21.7%  
2014 Lt. Governor Maryland General Anthony G. Brown–Kenneth Ulman Democratic 770,511 46.82% Larry HoganBoyd Rutherford Republican 847,107 51.47% Shawn QuinnLorenzo Gaztanaga Libertarian 23,801 1.45%

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  1. ^ Stephen C. Schimpff, MD. The Future of Health-Care Delivery. p. 28. 
  2. ^ Larry Carson (17 September 2001). "Differences help define hopefuls for council post Ulman, Sigaty seek west Columbia seat". The Baltimore Sun. 
  3. ^ Larry Carson (19 July 2001). "Colleagues say Lorsung won't seek a third term Councilwoman told executive Monday; Howard County". The Baltimore Sun. 
  4. ^ "Louis Jay Ulman, Principal". Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "For dad, there is pride in a son's achievement and new career turn Louis Jay Ulman". The Baltimore Sun. 8 April 2007. 
  6. ^ Larry Carson (17 September 2001). "Differences help define hopefuls for council post Ulman, Sigaty seek west Columbia seat". The Baltimore Sun. 
  7. ^ "Howard County Election Result Summary". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2008-11-21. 
  8. ^ Larry Carson (19 August 2003). "Howard County, Md., Council Discloses Campaign Donors; Developers among Them". 
  9. ^ Cox, Erin (June 3, 2013). "Brown names Ulman as his running mate". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  10. ^ "Statewide and Legislative Election Results". Bethesda Magazine (Bethesda, Maryland). 25 June 2014. 
  11. ^ Maryland State Board of Elections
  12. ^ Howard County, Maryland - Election Returns
  13. ^ Maryland State Board of Elections

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