election year was a bad one for Democratic candidates in Frederick County,
Maryland and for Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
in Republican conservatism, led by tea party zealots, resulted in a net gain of
60 seats for Republicans in the House.
where Republicans have held a voter registration majority for a long time, only
two Democrats would be elected out of twenty-one elected seats on the ballot.
Ron Young, who beat three term Republican state senator Alex Mooney in district
3 and Galen Clagett who won reelection to state delegate in district 3-a.
won by about 1,000 votes, was aided by the like number of vote advantage he received
through the early voting from the poll conveniently located in The City of
Frederick, which has a strong Democratic voter registration.
Young-Mooney contest went against the national trend as Mooney was a right wing
“tea party” conservative way before the tea party existed, although the
district had been gerrymandered to have a majority of Democratic registered
In none of
the other 19 local races did Democrats even come close.
inability to field a candidate for several of the top races in the county
certainly hurt Democrats as did the failure of the Democratic candidates
running for board of county commissioner to come together to form a slate.
Sheriff and State’s Attorney headline the ballot and are two prominent elected
positions in the county.The failure to
have a candidate on the ballot for these two positions as well as the high
paying Register of Wills position did not help the other Democrats who were
running for office in 2010.
for the board of county commissioners was a disaster for Frederick County
Democrats in 2010 and a major focus of the 2014 election will be the race for
county executive and the council, as the change to charter government is
indications are the over 24 year local struggle over how to best manage growth
in Frederick County will continue with the announcement by Democrat Jan Gardner
she is running for county executive.
her announcement, were the former members of the 2007-2010 board who made up
the managed growth “dream team” during the 2006 election; John “Lennie”
Thompson(R), David Gray(R) and Kai Hagen(D).
been a lot of talk about Democratic candidates challenging Gardner, so it will
not be surprising if there is a contested primary.
board president Republican Blaine Young, who has angered many voters by spending his term in office pursuing
privatization of government services, will run for the county executive
position remains a question, putting on hold, the much anticipated struggle
between two candidates with opposing ideologies.During a recent chat on the street, Young
told me he would be announcing his intention next year.
Republican county commissioner Billy Shreve, who rode Blaine Young's coattails to election in 2010, has also been in the rumor mix for county executive, but is not considered a strong enough candidate for the position. If he decides to run for office, look to see him either run for one of the two at large positions on the council or state delegate.
The new seven
member county council will have five members representing districts and two
members who are elected countywide.
remain a difficult contest for a Democrat to be elected countywide, due to
voter registration, but a solid candidate, like a Jan Gardner, will be
competitive and can surely win.
will have a little easier go in several of the council member districts,
especially the two made up primarily of voters from The City of Frederick and
the district that includes The Town of Brunswick.
Charter defines the council as part time members who earn only $22,500 and this
will surely impact the strength and the number of candidates who will run for
combination of at large and district elections for council members will also
make it difficult for growth oriented candidate slates to develop, but look for
the opposing ideologies in this area make an effort to do so.
sheriff position is another high profile position and interestingly, two term
sheriff Republican Chuck Jenkins has been rumored as a candidate for the county
executive position, should Blaine Young choose not to run.
decides to run again for sheriff, it will not be a free ride this time.Republican Kevin Grubb, a former City of
Frederick police captain who has established a candidate committee and Democrat
Karl Bickel, who was unsuccessful in raising the needed signatures for an independent
run in 2010, are both expected to run.
Democrats will have a candidate for state’s attorney remains a mystery.Republican Charlie Smith is expected to run
delegation comprising of two state senators and six state delegates elected by
Frederick County voters have been redistricted with the demarcation line being
just north of The City of Frederick.
to voter registration, look to see Republicans elected in district 4 with state
senator David Brinkley and delegate Kelly Shulz a lock for reelection.Republican state delegate Michael Hough, who
was redistricted and delegate Kathy Afzali will be favored in the other two
district 3, state senator Ron Young should win reelection, but expect a
challenge to come from Republicans who are angered by his votes in Annapolis
supporting same-sex marriage, the gas tax and the dream act.
announcements by state delegates Galen Clagett(D) and Patrick Hogan(R) they will
not be running for reelection and with redistricting creating a new seat for
district 3-b, all three seats will be considered “open seats” and as a result,
will be competitive.
City of Frederick
aldermen Carol Krimm and Karen Young, Stephen Slater and Ryan Trout are among
the Democratic names being mentioned with county commissioner Paul Smith and
city alderman Shelley Aloi among the Republicans being mentioned at this time.
see Democrats win at least 3 of the four seats in district 3 with a strong
possibility of a sweep that would balance the Frederick County state delegation.
indications are 2014 will be a better year than 2010 for Democratic candidates
running for election in Frederick County.
Please donate today to Frederick Politics by clicking on a Donation Button in the right hand margin of page - Thank You!