Congratulations to Ken! County Executive Now Leads MD Assoc. of Counties

I saw this piece in the Maryland Reporter the other day, about our County Executive, Ken Ulman, taking over as president of the Board of Directors for the Maryland Association of Counties.  In this new position, he’ll work with and represent local officials from all around the state, advocating for county issues.  This is especially key right now, with budget cuts already straining local jurisdictions, and more looming on the horizon.  Known for his commitment to fiscal responsibility, he seems like a great fit to represent Maryland’s counties as they deal with these budget issues.

In a December interview, the 36-year-old Ulman said the top issues for counties are “budget, budget, budget. It’s all about future pension shifts and budget. We have some other issues, but that is the real issue.”

Another re-emerging debate surrounds Smart Growth.  We can’t think of a better person to speak to this issue at the state level than trail-blazer Ulman.  His leadership and first-hand experience in areas like this will provide inspiration and knowledge to other elected officials across Maryland.

He’s already gotten a nice endorsement from Governor O’Malley:

“The MACo Board made the right choice by electing County Executive Ulman to lead the organization during these difficult economic times. I look forward to working with Ken and the entire MACo Board as we build on the accomplishments of the last four years and continue to move Maryland forward.”

Congratulations, Ken.

UPDATE: Video of Governor O’Malley announcing Ken as MACo president, and some words from our county executive:

 

 

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