Nov. 8, 2018: Calvin Ball, Democrat, was elected as the first black Howard County, Md., County Executive on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Ball defeated incumbent County Executive Allan Kittleman, Republican. Kittleman conceded to Ball in person at about 11 p.m. on Nov. 6, according to a Kittleman aide. Ball, who appeared to have been propelled by voters who cast ballots in eight days of early voting, upset Kittleman by 7 percentage points. Ball’s margin of victory was 6,363 votes, according to preliminary unofficial results. As many as 8,500 absentee and provisional ballots have to be counted in the days ahead, but they are not expected to change the outcome. Ball is currently a Howard County, Md., County Councilman. Ball, 43, first joined politics twelve years ago as a Councilman representing District 2, which includes Oakland Mills and Columbia. Kittleman, 60, the first Republican to be in office as the Howard County, Md., County Executive since 1996 when he was elected four years ago, is a former Councilman and State Senator.