Amanda Yeager wrote an interesting retrospective of the political career thus far of Ken Ulman here. Although not sure the Roving Radish deserves a prominent place in the article. And I would have liked to have seen some mention of the tougher issues that he took on, such as the growth tiers in the western end of Howard County, and General Growth Properties over Merriweather and downtown development. And I wish that there would have been some mention of how he handled the Mall shooting earlier this year. Yeah..... strong leadership in crisis, less about the meal service with the cute, alliteratively named truck. Give your reporters more space, Sun editors.
On to better things. The end of the article alludes to what the future may hold for Ken Ulman. And so, what might there be?
Although there's likely more money and less stress in the private sector, I don't see that as the next Ulman thing. It may be something he does to keep a salaried job (anyone know what the benefits are for former County Executives?) but longer term, I see Ken Ulman's future in the public sector. Such as running for office.
One of the more interesting rumors I've heard lately I alluded to the other day. Which is that Ken may run for his old job back. The term limit on County Executive is two consecutive terms, after all, so like Doug Duncan attempted to do in Montgomery County this year, Ulman could do in 2018.
There are other electoral possibilities. A gubernatorial run in 2018 is a possibility, but I'm not sure if he'd appear as damaged goods as Anthony Brown's running mate. And I will say, for the last time, I promise: the Democratic ticket would have been five times stronger if it had been reversed. A run for Congress? Only if one of the current Congresspeople retire or choose to run for higher office, and Ulman possibly moves. A couple big dominoes that would have to fall. State legislature? Ken lives in District 13 and I don't see where he would challenge either Guy Guzzone, or run for a house seat, even if there's a vacancy. So that doesn't seem like the best fit.
Who knows what else may present itself. A high level job in a Democratic administration come 2017? Maybe a job in the last two years of this one? There are possibilities, many of them strong. And although a bit dulled by the Brown experience, it would appear that Ken Ulman's future remains bright. And my prediction is that he has not yet ascended to the highest office he will ever hold. But that rise has been diverted, maybe slowed. Not stopped.
The Zesty Topicality goes on a break the next few days. May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Let's be careful out there.
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