Ken Ulman

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Ken Ulman
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Candidate for
Lieutenant Governor of Maryland
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolCentennial High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Maryland, College Park
J.D.Georgetown University Law Center
ProfessionHoward County Executive
Campaign website
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Ken Ulman was a Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Maryland in the 2014 elections.[1] His gubernatorial running-mate is current incumbent Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown.[2] He currently serves as Howard County Executive.[3]


Ulman ran his law firm and served as a member of the Howard County Council from 2002-2006, when he became Howard County Executive.[3][4]


  • Centennial High School
  • Bachelor’s in Government and Politics from University of Maryland, College Park
  • J.D. Georgetown University Law Center.



See also: Maryland gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014

Ulman ran for Lieutenant Governor of Maryland on a joint ticket with current Lt. Gov. and 2014 gubernatorial candidate Anthony G. Brown.[1][5] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


The Brown-Ulman ticket has been endorsed by the following individuals and organizations:

Race background

Democratic nomination

Incumbent Martin O'Malley (D) was prevented by term limits from seeking a third consecutive term in office.

Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown officially launched his 2014 gubernatorial campaign on May 10, 2013. If he would have won, Brown would have been the first lieutenant governor (since the lieutenant governor's office was created in 1970) and first black candidate to be elected governor of Maryland.[10][11] O'Malley, with whom Brown shared winning tickets in both the 2006 and 2010 elections, supported Brown as his successor.[12] Brown's lieutenant gubernatorial running-mate is Howard County Executive Ken Ulman.[2] Immediately after formalizing their partnership for the 2014 campaign, the Brown-Ulman ticket received the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD). A number of Cumming's congressional colleagues announced their support soon thereafter, as well as influential branches of SEIU, a major labor union.[13][14][15]

On July 17, 2013, another potentially history-making candidate entered the Democratic primary field to give Brown some competition: Maryland House Delegate Heather Mizeur.[16] Mizeur would have been the first female Governor of Maryland, as well as the country's first openly gay governor, if she had won the general election.[17] Current state attorney general Doug Gansler also sought the Democratic nomination for governor in 2014. On Oct. 14, 2013, Gansler selected Prince George County Delegate Jolene Ivey as his lieutenant gubernatorial running-mate. Keeping with the trailblazer theme established earlier by Brown and Mizeur to entice more progressive-leaning voters, the Gansler-Ivey ticket also carried the promise of setting an historical record, statewide and national. After joining Gansler's campaign, Ivey stated, "I am proud to be the first African-American woman to run for lieutenant governor, and when we win, to be the first Democratic African-American woman to be lieutenant governor in our nation's history."[18] Both Gansler and Mizeur lost in the Democratic primary on June 24, 2014.

Republican nomination

The Republican ticket of Larry Hogan and Boyd Rutherford emerged from a field of four potential tickets after the June 24 primary. The winning ticket managed a 14-percent margin of victory over Harford County Executive David Craig and state Delegate Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio. Hogan and Rutherford were both former appointees of former Gov. Robert Ehrlich (R).[19]

Campaign issues

Change Maryland inquiry

Republican candidate Larry Hogan was the subject of a complaint to the Maryland State Board of Elections, related to potential assistance of the candidate by Change Maryland. The political communications group, which was created by Hogan in 2011, had been accused of conducting polls and providing resources during Hogan's exploration of a gubernatorial bid. The complaint was filed by David Craig and Ron George, who were defeated by Hogan in the Republican primary on June 24, 2014. The state board dismissed the complaint in July, determining that Hogan likely received assistance from Change Maryland but the board lacked oversight over candidates prior to official filings.[20]

The Maryland Democratic Party filed a new claim regarding Hogan's relationship with Change Maryland on July 24. This complaint alleged that the poll referenced in the earlier complaint cost $10,000, which represented an illegal in-kind contribution to Hogan. Hogan's campaign spokesman, Adam Dubitsky, countered that the Democratic complaint was an effort to distract from changing political fortunes for the party's candidate, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown.[21]

Super PAC accusations

The Maryland State Board of Elections received a complaint from Hogan on September 4, alleging coordination between Brown's campaign and a political action committee (PAC) called "One State, One Future." Hogan's filing cited a conflict of interest for Brown consultant Colleen Martin-Lauer, who also consulted with the union-funded PAC. The complaint also pointed to Susan Smith-Bauk, a consultant to lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Ken Ulman who also worked with "One State, One Future." Hogan's campaign manager, Steve Crim, argued at the time of filing that both consultants could not avoid coordination between their different employers based on the nature of their work.[22]

The state board issued guidelines in January 2014 that prohibited communication between Super PACs, which could collect unlimited funds for the purpose of advocating a political position or candidates, and political campaigns. These guidelines prevent coordination over "advertising, messaging, strategy, polling, research, or allocation of resources." Hogan's complaint claimed that the Martin-Lauer example was a "blatant example of illegal coordination" because of overlapping interests in fundraising for the campaign and the Super PAC.[22]

Campaign finance

Hogan reported three times more cash on hand than Brown in the campaign finance reporting period ending on August 19, 2014. Hogan had $2.4 million in cash on hand, compared to $760,000 for the Brown campaign. The disparity was due to Hogan's commitment to a publicly financed campaign, which meant a single payment of $2.6 million from the state's dedicated campaign finance fund. Hogan could not raise additional money in the campaign, while Brown was capable of raising additional funds by not committing to public financing. Brown reported $1.5 million in contributions from June 9 through August 19.[23]

National figures in the race

As poll results between Brown and Hogan narrowed in October, national political figures toured the state to influence the outcome of the gubernatorial race. President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and former Sen. Hillary Clinton made appearances supporting Brown's campaign. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appeared at three campaign events for Hogan through late October.[24]

Outside groups also spent lavishly on ads during the general election campaign. The Democratic Governors Association and the Republican Governors Association invested $1.5 million on TV ads through late October. Michael Bloomberg's Independence USA PAC committed $500,000 to criticize Hogan's endorsement by the National Rifle Association (NRA).[24]


Ulman was elected to a second term as Howard County Executive in 2010.[3]


Ulman was first elected as Howard County Executive in 2006. He with 52.1 percent of the votes he defeated Repbulican Christopher J. Merdon and C. Stephen Wallis.[4]


Ulman is a Howard County resident. He is married to Jacqueline Ulman. They have two daughters, Maddie and Lily.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1, "Field for 2014 Maryland governor expands," May 28, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Washington Post, "New candidates to step forward Monday in Maryland’s race for governor," June 2, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Ken Ulman, "About Ken," accessed July 3, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 Maryland State Board of Elections, "Official 2006 Gubernatorial General Election results for Howard County," accessed July 3, 2013
  5. The Washington Post, "A Brown-Ulman ticket could shake up Democratic primary for Md. governor’s office," April 28, 2013
  6. Anthony Brown/Ken Ulman 2014 Official campaign website, "News: Anthony Brown and Ken Ulman Endorsed by Maryland-DC Council of AFL-CIO," October 26, 2013
  7. Brown-Ulman 2014 Official campaign website, "News: 'SEIU Maryland-DC State Council Endorses Anthony Brown and Ken Ulman,'" September 30, 2013
  8. The Washington Post, "Mikulski says she's 'ready to get into it' to help elect Anthony Brown as governor," September 22, 2013
  9. The Washington Post, Hoyer to announce support of Brown in Maryland 2014 race for governor, July 17, 2013
  10. WBAL Radio, "Brown Kicks Off Bid for Governor Today," May 10, 2013
  11. The Washington Post, "Steele Running Against History," August 7, 2005
  12. Washington Blade, "Exclusive: Mizeur eyeing run for Maryland governor," November 14, 2012
  13. Brown-Ulman 2014 Official campaign website, "News: 'SEIU Maryland-DC State Council Endorses Anthony Brown and Ken Ulman,'" September 30, 2013
  14. The Washington Post, "Mikulski says she's 'ready to get into it' to help elect Anthony Brown as governor," September 22, 2013
  15. The Washington Post, Hoyer to announce support of Brown in Maryland 2014 race for governor, July 17, 2013
  16. The Huffington Post, Heather Mizeur Running For Governor Of Maryland , July 17, 2013
  17. SoMdNews, "Mizeur makes gubernatorial bid official," July 17, 2013
  18., "Gansler announces runningmate," October 14, 2013
  19. Hogan for Governor, "Meet Boyd," accessed September 8, 2014
  20. The Washington Post, "Md. elections board says group benefited GOP’s Hogan but tosses rivals’ complaint," July 10, 2014
  21. The Washington Post, "Md. Democratic Party files complaint targeting GOP candidate Larry Hogan," July 24, 2014
  22. 22.0 22.1 The Washington Post, "Larry Hogan accuses Brown’s campaign of illegally coordinating with a Super PAC," September 8, 2014
  23. Herald-Mail Media, " Public funding gives Hogan lead in campaign money," August 27, 2014
  24. 24.0 24.1 The Baltimore Sun, "Maryland's governor race sparks national interest," October 27, 2014