Residents weigh in on historic Howard Co. Executive win

Residents weigh in on historic Howard Co. Executive win

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WBFF) - One day after one of the biggest upsets of election night, Howard County residents are weighing in on their new County Executive and the future of Old Town Ellicott City.

It was an unpredicted celebration, as Calvin Ball was one of several Democrats in suburban counties to sweep the executive seat.

Alan Kittleman, a former State Senator, was wrapping up his first term as Howard County Executive, with two historic floods under his watch.

Kittleman was instrumental in a plan to demolish 10 buildings along the historic Main Street to alleviate flood concerns.

That plan has been met with controversy that shop owners say have contributed to the election results.

Sally Tennant, owner of Discoveries Galleries, said: "There's not a way this didn't have a bearing on the election because Alan had a bold plan in place. There's a lot to be said for preservation, too."

Another business owner, Donna Singer, says she wants to see a plan move quickly.

"For us, the plans and ability to move forward to do something to remediate the flooding issue is critical to the survival of every business in this town and we're concerned we might lose momentum."

Alan kittleman declined FOX45's request for an interview, only to say he wishes Calvin Ball the best.

Ball couldn't be reached for comment.

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