Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman: People, Not Politics
If ever someone was born to lead Howard County, it is Allan Kittleman.
As the son of a civil rights leader Robert (“Bob”) Kittleman, whose commitment to fairness and equality stretches back to the 1960’s as an activist in the fight to desegregate Howard County public schools, Allan grew up with a deep passion for equality and a moral compass that has guided him in knowing right from wrong.
Allan’s values of fairness, compassion, and respect for all are the values embraced by Howard County residents. He’s driven and determined to lead Howard County to greater growth and prosperity.
Allan is proud of his bipartisan leadership, working across the political spectrum because he believes that solving complex problems requires that everyone have a seat at the table. “When we include all people in the process, you get amazing results,” Allan says.
Those results were more than evident during Allan’s first term as Howard County Executive. Allan found solutions to long-forgotten and often overlooked community projects. After 20 years of waiting, Allan worked to open the Community Resources Campus, a place where nonprofit and government agencies can co-exist to better deliver human services.
Allan’s collaborative approach has also helped to move along long-forgotten projects such as the preservation of and public access to the Harriet Tubman School and the construction of a new Circuit Courthouse building. And, Allan, with a lot of public input, was able to turn the long-neglected Long Reach Village Center into a viable neighborhood center for the future.
Then there’s the great Ellicott City recovery following the devastating 2016 flood. Allan set the tone for cooperation that brought a rebound that even the experts said couldn’t have predicted to happen. Less than 18 months after the flood, 96 percent of businesses returned to Main Street and many new businesses have joined the excitement of Main Street.
Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman – Focused on the Future
Allan envisions Howard County as a safe haven where all residents can enjoy an exceptional, innovative and sustainable quality of life in a diverse and inclusive community.
To reach those goals, Allan continues to prioritize education, public safety, and services for our community, while supporting a thriving economy that provides jobs and economic opportunities.
Born in 1958, Allan Kittleman spent much of his youth working on his family’s farm in West Friendship. His first job was working as a clerk at the Sav-A-Lot drug store in the Oakland Mills Village Center, and later, he worked as a dishwasher and prep cook at the Cross Keys restaurant in the early days of Columbia’s Town Center.
Some of Allan’s earliest memories are of the birth of Columbia, seeing the community sprout up from farmland along Route 29. He would fish and swim in Lake Kittamaquandi and ride his bike to Columbia’s first village center in Wilde Lake to buy baseball cards. He played
baseball on Little League fields in Eastern Howard County. He attended County schools (Atholton Elementary, Ellicott City and Hammond Middle Schools, and Atholton High School) and graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and the University of Maryland Law School.
During the late 1960s and early 1970s, periods of racial tension in the county, he attended NAACP meetings at the First Baptist Church of Guilford with his father, Bob Kittleman. It was here that Allan learned the values of racial equality and the strengths of diversity.
Allan commuted to college courses at UMBC and graduated with a degree in Political Science. After student-teaching in secondary social studies at Dunloggin Middle School and Glenelg High School, he worked his way through night courses at the University of Maryland Law School while holding down a day job to help support himself and his wife, Robin.
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The Kittleman Family in 2017
Allan and Robin live in West Friendship now and have four children – Haley, Mary, Robby, and James.
Allan’s father, Bob Kittleman, a Republican, was the first white person to join the Howard County Chapter of the NAACP and remains to this day the only white person ever to serve as its President.
Bob Kittleman fought in support of desegregating the Howard Public School System and faced death threats and intimidation but never wavered from the fight for equality. Bob Kittleman first won election to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1982 and served there for 19 years. He then served another three years in the Maryland State Senate until his death in 2004.
Allan has continued his father’s legacy by supporting causes aimed to ensure that all Marylanders are treated equally.
Allan was elected to the Howard County Council in 1998 and 2002, and after being appointed to succeed his father in the State Senate, Allan won election to the Senate in his own right in 2006 and 2010, eventually rising to the rank of Minority Leader in 2008.
Allan’s independent streak as a legislator was demonstrated in his critical votes in favor of marriage equality and the death penalty repeal.
These positions reflect an independence and open-minded approach that frame his career. After announcing his support of marriage equality (equal rights for all Marylanders who wanted to enter into same-sex marriages), Allan resigned his position as Republican Minority Leader in the State Senate out of respect for his colleagues whom he felt would prefer a leader who is disagreed with his position.
Allan’s service as Howard County Executive, as a member of the Howard County Council, and as a State Senator was marked by that same commitment to independence, fairness, and fiscal prudence that help Howard County grow and prosper.
In June of 2017, Allan Kittleman announced his intention to seek reelection as Howard County Executive. Allan intends to continue improving Howard County so all residents have an outstanding quality of life and economic opportunities.