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HOWARD COUNTY, Md. (WBFF) — Allan Kittleman says he is running for Howard County Executive in 2022.

The announcement was made in a video posted on social media Sunday afternoon.

“Because I love this County and its people, I’m announcing today that I’m running to once again be your County Executive,” Kittleman said in the campaign announcement.

Kittleman – a Republican — formerly served as a State Senator, Howard County Councilman, and was the Howard County Executive from 2014-2018.

Incumbent Howard County Executive Calvin Ball defeated Kittleman in 2018.

Ball announced his reelection campaign earlier this year.

Though Kittleman never mentioned Ball by name, his messaging refers to the years of Ball’s leadership.

“These past two years we’ve seen our community go in the wrong direction, we’re more divided, more taxed, and more worried about our shared future,” Kittleman said in the video.

At a Democratic fundraising picnic on Monday, incumbent Howard County Executive Calvin Ball said he had not watched Kittleman’s announcement video.

“I’ve always run for Howard County and not against a person,“ said Ball.

FOX45 News also asked Ball about Kittleman’s messaging related to the current state of County government.

Ball says Howard County is on the road to recovery.

“I think a lot of the community recognizes we are in the middle of a pandemic,” said Ball. “But however we’re coming together as a community, we’re unifying, and we’re making sure that each and every one of our neighbors is looked out for.”