and confident Karen Young shared with me her campaign for mayor of The City of
Frederick was going very well, adding “it no doubt will be highly
competitive”.When I asked her who she
thought newcomer to politics; Carol Hirsch would draw votes from, her
or state delegate Galen Clagett in the Democratic primary, Young said that
would be hard to gauge at this point.
minute interview at a local downtown restaurant went quickly as Alderman Karen
Young displayed her knowledge of the issues concerning city voters.
the door-to-door campaigning was going slower than when she ran for alderman,
due to voters spending more time talking to her about the issues.
coming up most frequently with voters were safety, traffic concerns, local job
creation and education.
Young was proud of the recent designation of the City of Frederick being the
safest city to live and wants to maintain this rating.Karen cited me a 2012 Washington Council of
Governments report that showed a 9% increase in crime in Frederick. She had
talked with police chief Thomas Ledwell about this and felt, due to a higher
ratio of calls being received per sworn officer; as mayor, she would certainly
support and find funding for five more policemen.
to traffic congestion, Young said the city is fortunate the Monocacy Boulevard–U.S.
15 interchange is being funded by the state.She felt the city should next prioritize an interchange at Monocacy Blvd.
- Md. 26 and improvements to Rt. 40 at Baughmans Lane. In addition, she would
task city traffic engineers to develop solutions to alleviate problem areas.
wants to find the funds to complete Monocacy Blvd. and added that when
developers complete Christophers Crossing, this will help the west side.
she wants to enhance other forms of transportation by encouraging bus and train usage and creating more walking and bicycle paths in the city.
came to jobs, Karen felt labeling Frederick as a bedroom community was not
entirely true, saying she would like to rebrand Frederick as a regional
the best way to do this was with a skilled and educated workforce.She wants to work with educators and the
community to ensure our workforce is being trained for jobs of the future;
citing the fields of healthcare, bio-tech, bio-science, cyber-security and
technology in general.
partnerships and business incubators were also initiatives Young supported.In particular, she liked the finance
infrastructure bills put forth by Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown and
Congressman John Delaney.These bills
would provide structure to public-private financing of infrastructure and
education is not typically a city campaign issue, because funding is through the
county, Young told me it remains an important aspect of the quality of life and
economic development in the City of Frederick.
As we were ending the interview, Karen
told me she came from a family of educators and as a result, education is very
important to her. She said she would look for opportunities for the city to partner with
Frederick County government and the Board of Education.
of Frederick primary will be held on September 10.
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