The Howard County Republican Club did a great job providing a run down of all the Central Committee Candidates and their profiles in the most recent newsletter. In light of the fact that many of you have asked about the CC Candidates, I thought I would share those profiles here (hopefully the Club doesn't mind):
Having been around politics in Howard County since 1980, when my wife Gail first got involved with the county Republican party, I had a working knowledge of the role of the Central Committee. While working with the Federal Government I could not actively campaign but helped Gail in numerous campaigns behind the scenes. In recent years, I watched the country being led away from my conservative social values and from fiscal responsibility, and spent lots of time yelling at the TV. Gail told me I should quit yelling and do something, since I was now retired and free to openly engage in politics. A few months ago the Central Committee named me to fill a vacancy. My intent is to help get Republican candidates elected and to grow the party in Howard County through work on the Central Committee. The hour is late, but we all can, and should, do something, however small, to help save America for our children and grandchildren.
I am running for the Howard County Republican Central Committee to continue the extensive work that I have done for and with the party for the past 30 years (20 in California and 10 in Howard County). I have been a concerned, active participant in my communities and the Republican Party, the Republican Club, The Women's Club, and a candidate in the past. Having been a community and civic leader for the past 25 years and a current member of the Central Committee, I know what it takes to elect good candidates. I ask for your vote during the primary to continue the dedicated service that I have been performing as a life long active Republican.
"Chick" Chickanis is the owner of CNC, Inc. providing Network and Security cabling systems to a multitude of Clientele in the private and government sectors. He has 3 sons, the youngest who currently works for him. Chick is currently the "Events Chair" for the Howard County Republican Club, and is working tirelessly for Howard County's Ehrlich Campaign. He participates and continually orchestrates several volunteer teams of individuals who have erected hundreds of signs throughout the county for Ehrlich and other local candidates. He not only gives of his time and his resources, but is a continuous source of energy to all who surround him. Chick is a man of faith and truly understands the importance of restoring honor and integrity to our GOP and our Country. He enjoys the American Dream in his own life, and wants to keep that dream alive for ALL Americans. When elected, Chick plans to bring the same faith, energy, and "can do" attitude to the Republican Central Committee.
Janet Moye Cornick
Dr. Janet Moye Cornick is a thirty-year resident of Howard County and a career teacher. After her retirement from the Howard County School System, she was appointed by Gov. Ehrlich to a Senior Policy Analyst Position with the MD Higher Education Committee.
She is an active community member; serving as a volunteer at Howard County General Hospital and as a member of the Howard County Human Rights Commission. She was appointed to serve on the Maryland Judicial Nominating Commission by Gov. Ehrlich, and was an Education Committee member for Ellen Sauerbrey's Gubernatorial Race. A life-long Republican, she looks forward to serving the residents of Howard County on the Central Committee.
My name is Betty Evans and I am running for the Howard County GOP Central Committee 2010. I have lived in Elkridge Maryland for 30 years. I own and operate a small business in Columbia, Md. (Sign A Rama) I am running to make a difference in the next 4 years on how to better serve our candidates.
Born in New York City, New York to conservative Republicans who actively marched in the Civil Rights Movement of the sixties, I moved to Maryland right before Middle school. After attending Severna Park High school, I registered to vote as a Republican and attended the University of Maryland, graduating with a degree in Elementary Education. I then married my college sweetheart, Howard "Chip" Harrison, and moved to Howard County, where I became employed by the Howard County Board of Education as a classroom teacher. While working, I enrolled at Loyola College in Baltimore, and earned a Masters Degree, eventually becoming a Reading Specialist for the county. Our family grew to include five wonderful children, Tighe, Lyndsay, Drew, Brent and Hope. Upon the birth of our fifth child I became a stay at home mom. I have served on the Home and School Board of the Trinity School, in Ilchester , Md., where my two oldest children attended, and am an active volunteer at Resurrection St. Paul School where my three younger children are currently attending. I serve on the Executive Board of Forest Hill Swim and Tennis Club as secretary where our family has spent many wonderful summers. Having served the citizens of Howard County for the past 21 years as a community volunteer, I humbly ask for your support in running for the Republican Central Committee.
I grew up in Howard County, and have been involved in politics my entire life. I am dedicated to the preservation of individual rights and freedoms. I currently own a real estate practice in Howard County, and thus have first-hand experience in job creation and solid ideas for how to stimulate business growth and job creation, the keys to our continued prosperity as a county, state, and Nation.
My dad, Senator Robert H. Kittleman, worked tirelessly to make the place he loved even better. His involvement in the civil rights movement inspired me and showed me firsthand the value of passion and commitment to others - and of hard work. After knocking on thousands of doors, Bob Kittleman, in 1982, became the first Republican elected to the Maryland House of Delegates from Howard County in over sixty years. That election spurred the growth of the Republican Party in Howard County. My brother, Allan, carries on the proud family tradition as Minority Leader in the State Senate. I am excited and eager to join the other hard working and dedicated members of the Central Committee to support our Republican candidates and build a true two-party system in Maryland. I hope I can count on your vote in the Republican primary.
My name is Dave Myers, I have been active in the party since 2005 working for the following campaigns: Merdon for County Executive, Kittleman for Senate, McCain for President, The Maryland Senate GOP Slate, Bob Ehrlich for Maryland, and many others. My goal is to grow our party and bring a renewed focus on the youth in our county and state. As a member of the Central Committee, I have first hand experience in fundraising, campaign organization, voter outreach, and precinct organization. I was President of the Centennial High Republicans and went on to become President of the Howard County Young Republicans. I was a page for the House of Delegates and a Session Aide for Senator Allan Kittleman. I hope I can count on your vote in the Republican Primary in September.
I am currently working for the Howard County School System. I am married and have two grown children. I am also a small business owner. I am an active member of the Howard County Republican Club and am currently the campaign manager for a District 13 Delegate Candidate. I have never been more proud to be an American and I promise to use my energy and enthusiasm to be undoubtedly one of the most active members of the GOP Central Committee.
Chris Oxenham hopes to bring a fresh perspective to a Central Committee in need of new voices. His ideas for the Central Committee centers around outreach to the small business community, targeting and registering young Republicans and BRAC employees that reside in Howard County, and more aggressive candidate recruitment. Chris also stresses concern about slating against fellow Republicans and is proud to be running as an independent voice. Chris currently serves on the marketing committee at the Howard County Economic Development Authority where he leads the Small Business Outreach subcommittee. He also is an active member of the Young Professionals Network of Howard County and the Howard County Chamber of Commerce. Chris is proud to have the endorsement of the Maryland Republican Assembly. A lifelong Ellicott City resident, Chris graduated from the University of Maryland and Mount Saint Joseph High School.
Hopefully you already know me as the Secretary of the Howard County Republican Club and also as the writer of the "Joel's Rant" column that appears in the weekly newsletter, the very newsletter you're reading right now. If you've ever read my stuff you know where I stand. I'm conservative, I'm passionate and I'm worried for the future, as you should be too. If you elect me to the Central Committee I promise to do the right things and say the right things and stand up for the right people, and that's all there is to it.
have been a member of the Republican Central Committee since I was first elected in 1998. As a member of the committee I have worked to support the election of duly nominated republican candidates; register new voters; nominate candidates to fill vacancies and positions for public office and raise funds to support these activities. I have held the following positions on the committee: chairman - 2007, vice chairman -2010 & 2006 and secretary - 2002 to 2005. I have also been the chairman of the Howard County Fair booth for the last 5 years; co-chairman of the 20003 and 2005 Lincoln Day Dinners and alternate delegate to the 2008 RNC convention. Prior to being elected to the central committee I was treasurer of the Howard County Republican Club from 1996 to 1998. I am a member of both the HCRC and HCRW organization. I am asking for your vote to continue my work as a member of the governing body for the Republican Party in Howard County.
Karen Winterling is a 22-year resident of Howard County, and the owner and founder of DGA, Inc., a "Virtual" Business Development Services Company with Clients and Staff nationwide. She opened her company in 1994 with the motivation of a true entrepreneur, and fully understands what it means to sign the front of a paycheck. She is married and has five children ages 11-31. She is finishing her second year as the President of the Howard County Republican Club where she has not only helped grow the membership to over 320 members, but also assisted in raising nearly $20,000 over the past two years for the club Treasury. Karen is the unofficial "tea-party" organizer for Howard County and has brought together hundreds of patriots for several events to include rallies in D.C., local protests, and a "Town Rally", for the HCRC, featuring Governor Ehrlich. She recently graduated from the Legacy Leadership program at the University of Maryland, and was a volunteer for the 2010 legislative session under Delegate Gail Bates. Karen also publishes a weekly newsletter "The GOP Connection", with nearly 1000 subscribers. She would like to bring her entrepreneurial spirit, enthusiasm, and leadership skills to the Republican Central Committee to continue her work for the Howard County GOP.
Dave Wissing is a life-long Howard County Republican, raised in Columbia and attended Stevens Forest Elementary, Oakland Mills Middle and Oakland Mills High School. Dave attended Villanova University, graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering before moving back to Columbia and purchasing a home. Dave also currently works in Columbia at a large engineering firm. Dave has been active in Republican politics since 2003 including being Secretary, Treasurer, and Vice President of the Howard County Republican Club. In 2009, Dave was chosen to fill an open position on the Howard County Republican Central Committee. Dave has also worked on the campaigns for President Bush in 2004, Governor Ehrlich and County Executive candidate Chris Merdon in 2006 and John McCain in 2008. Dave currently resides in Columbia with his fiancé.
Hope this helps. I plan to note some endorsements before the primary. There are a lot of qualified candidates in this pool and I hope the best ones win.