KITTLEMAN PRESSES SHERIFF TO QUIT: Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman pressed his county’s embattled sheriff again Monday to resign, and said he’s exploring legal options to force the sheriff out, reports Pamela Wood in the Sun. Sheriff James Fitzgerald has been accused of using racist and offensive language, discriminating against employees and retaliating against those who did not support his re-election bid.
In an interview with Bryan Sears of the Daily Record, Kittleman said he is looking for other avenues to remove his county’s embattled elected sheriff and has called on the county attorney to look for other options.
Bryan Sears of the Daily Record reports that some lawmakers, even those who are offended by Fitzgerald’s alleged racial epithets and claims he harassed subordinates, say they have questions about the legal standard for impeachment and whether his actions outlined in a September Howard County Office of Human Rights report are better suited to be settled by voters in 2018.
DIXON TO LAUNCH WRITE-IN EFFORT: Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon, who narrowly lost the Democratic primary to reclaim her old job, is expected to launch a write-in campaign for Baltimore City mayor today — a move expected to shake up what’s been a relatively quiet general election race, Luke Broadwater of the Sun reports. The story is topped by a short video explaining the write-in campaign and its chances of success.