Howard County Executive and 2014 candidate for Maryland Lieutenant Governor Ken Ulman will be the special guest at a fundraiser for the county’s Register of Wills, Byron Macfarlane, on Oct. 9. The event runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at 7355 Hidden Cove in Columbia and will kick off Macfarlane’s 2014 reelection campaign.
In 2010 Macfarlane, 30, became the first openly gay candidate in Howard County to win a contested election. The Democrat edged out 24-year incumbent Republican Kay Hartleb in a close race. Macfarlane had outraised Hartleb by more than a 2 to 1 margin.
Ulman co-hosted a fundraiser with Macfarlane in 2012 at the Ellicott City home of Ulman’s parents in an effort to successfully win the ballot question on same-sex marriage.
Macfarlane’s first term was characterized by his determination to modernize the office of Register of Wills. “I’ve been committed to providing compassionate and professional service to the public, to enhancing this office’s use of technology and to being a visible and accessible advocate,” Macfarlane told the Blade. “We’ve accomplished a great deal these past three years but there’s more I plan to do in a second term.”