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2 Columbia Men Up for Lieutenant Governor in 2014

Democratic, Republican candidates for lieutenant governor live in Columbia.

Left, Ken Ulman; right, Boyd Rutherford.
Left, Ken Ulman; right, Boyd Rutherford.
The two candidates vying for Maryland's lieutenant governorship have more in common than the job title they seek.

In addition to running on the gubernatorial ticket, both Howard County Executive Ken Ulman and Boyd Rutherford are residents of Columbia.

Ulman, 40, was one of the first babies delivered at Howard County General Hospital, according to his biography. He attended Columbia's Centennial High School, then went on to UMBC and Georgetown Law before entering practice as an elder law and estate planning attorney. He was elected to the Howard County Council in 2002 and served until he was elected county executive in 2006 at the age of 32, the youngest county executive in Maryland history. He and his wife live in Columbia with their two daughters.

Rutherford, 57, also lives in Columbia. He was born in Washington, DC, graduated from Howard University and obtained law and master's degrees from the University of Southern California, according to his biography. From 2003 to 2006, Rutherford was a cabinet secretary for the Maryland Department of General Services under Gov. Robert Ehrlich. He went on to become the assistant secretary for the administration for the U.S. Department of Agriculture under George W. Bush. He has held positions such as general counsel for Mitsubishi and is currently an attorney with the firm Benton Potter & Murdock, handling government contracts and other cases. Rutherford is married with three adult children.

Ulman, a Democrat, is running on the ticket with current Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.

Rutherford, a Republican, is the running mate for Change Maryland founder Larry Hogan.

The general election will be Nov. 4.

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