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New Ad Focuses on “A” Education Work of County Executive Kittleman

As Howard County students and teachers head back to school, the Committee to Elect Allan Kittleman has released another TV commercial highlighting some of Kittleman’s successes to improve the Howard County Public School system.

County Executive Kittleman fully funded the HCPSS Superintendent’s budget for kids, classrooms and teachers. He stepped in to help alleviate overcrowding in schools by speeding up the process to build a 13th high school, fast-tracking a study group for a future school in Elkridge, and purchasing land in Turf Valley for a new elementary school. He also worked with the school system to improve school security measures in all grade levels.

“Allan’s tireless work to support Howard County’s teachers, kids and classrooms truly deserves an A. With a family of teachers – his wife and daughter are teachers, and he trained to be a teacher himself – he understands the importance of our school system to our county and has made education a priority since being elected Howard County executive,” campaign manager Sean Murphy said.

“I have visited every school, every year since being elected because I think it’s important to go directly to where students are learning. I don’t just go to hear from the principal, I want to hear from the teachers and students about what they’re doing. It’s the best way I know to get a real feel for what’s going on in our schools,” Kittleman said.

The commercial features Kelly Bensen, a middle-school English teacher of 30 years, giving Kittleman an “A” grade on his work in three areas:

  • Improving school security;
  • Increasing school funding; and
  • Accelerating school construction.

She also notes that he was the one person chosen to mediate a solution between the previous superintendent and the school board which allowed a change in leadership to occur, despite some saying it couldn’t be accomplished.

In August, the Kittleman campaign hosted its first “Teachers for Kittleman” event at the popular Howard County restaurant, Victoria’s Gastropub in Columbia. Over 100 members of the teaching community came together to rally behind the County Executive’s re-election campaign and picked up education-related campaign materials.

“I taught in the Howard County Public School System for 41 years…during that time I got to know Allan Kittleman, and I can tell you he is a true friend of education in Howard County,” remarked recently retired teacher, Barry Enzman while standing in front of two ‘Another Teacher for Kittleman’ signs. “He has gone beyond the call of duty to support teachers, support building projects, support programs; you can’t go wrong, teachers and everybody, vote for Allan Kittleman.”

This is the latest in a series of commercials released by the Kittleman campaign. The previous commercial highlighted the Kittleman Administration’s efforts to ensure transparency and accountability in the land development process. The ad can be found here.

Two previous ads, “I’m voting for Allan Kittleman” and “H-O-N-E-S-T” feature prominent Democrats and Independents who are voting to re-elect Kittleman. Those ads can be found here and here.

In a sign of the campaign’s momentum, the Howard County Professional Firefighters Association, the Howard County Police Officers’ Association, the Police Supervisors’ Alliance Fraternal Order of Police, the Sheriff’s Fraternal Order of Police and the Howard County Association of REALTORS® have all endorsed Kittleman for re-election.

Allan Kittleman was elected to serve as Howard County’s 9th County Executive and sworn into office on December 1st, 2014. Since taking office, the Kittleman Administration has earned high marks for turning around an inherited $16M budget deficit and creating a $28M surplus just 24 months later through effective management and fiscal prudence.

In three years as County Executive, Kittleman has proven himself to be a moderate focused on improving the lives of families in Howard County. Kittleman has fought to create jobs, improve schools, and reduce traffic congestion in Howard County. He made rebuilding Ellicott City a priority after the floods of both 2016 and 2018, focused efforts on celebrating the County’s diversity, and turned Downtown Columbia into a reality, all in a fiscally prudent and open manner.

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The commercial can be viewed here.

The transcript of the commercial can be found below.

Benson: I’m Kelly Benson and this is my 30th year teaching. Today I’m grading Allan Kittleman’s record on Education. On School Security, he’s earned an “A,” on School Funding, definitely an “A,” and on School construction, “A.”

And, he helped bring new leadership to the school system. This is why I, and so many of my teacher friends, emphatically support Allan Kittleman for re-election as Howard County Executive.

Kittleman: I’m Allan Kittleman and I’m asking for your vote.