The question I am asked multiple times a day is; “Who is going to win the mayoral race?” and I have always answered “I don’t know it looks like it is going to be close”.
With under a week to go to The City of Frederick election on November 5, I will offer my thoughts, based on observations over the years of many city elections. However, there is no survey, poll or data I am relying on to make my assumptions, so that is what they will be; a best guess on my part and nothing more.
The recent announcement from city hall there had been a $2.3 million accounting error in the city budget may also impact on the reelection of McClement.
Karen Young was quick to state "Wasn't the accounting error really $5.1million? We thought that we would start FY 2014 with a $2.8mm surplus. Then a $2.3 deficit for the Rainy Day Fund was identified. The two total $5.1mm."
She added "I find it totally unacceptable that there was a $5.1 million accounting error with little or no explanation, no apologies and no accountability."
The entry into the race by Jennifer Dougherty has made this a first time ever three way contest for mayor of the city and this also is another plus for the incumbent as it will certainly split the vote. The incumbent typically receives a plus in a multiple candidate race.
The get out the vote effort by both campaigns will be critical in this election.
George Wenschhof is Publisher/Editor of www.FrederickPolitics.com, a political news and commentary Blog.