sunny, but chilly Saturday afternoon, about 150 enthusiastic supporters were on
hand to hear from Jan Gardner(D) she was running for county executive of
Frederick County, Maryland.
the crowd “My vision is for exceptional schools, a safe community, a vibrant
economy, and a place where we all feel a sense of belonging and community.I want to keep Frederick County a special
place and a place where we care about each other, recognize that we are all in
it together, and that our community matters.”
supporters present at the announcement by the former three term county
commissioner, who served her last term as president, were three members of that
board; John “Lennie” Thompson(R), Kai Hagen(D) and David Gray(R).
wasted no time pointing out the need for change from the current board of
county commissioners saying “On a personal level, I invested 12 years of my
life to FrederickCounty and simply cannot
believe how much damage has been done over the past three years.I want to repair the damage and put the
county back on the right path toward prosperity.”
Frederick County voters will be electing, for the first time, a county
executive and a seven member council.
acknowledged charter government will bring a new era of governance and said “I
bring proven leadership to guide the transition and navigate the details while
being inclusive, collaborative, and accountable.”
often took swipes at the present board of county commissioners, whose
president; Blaine Young(R), is rumored to be seriously considering a run for
county executive, after bowing out of a run for Governor.
“In the 12
years I was in office, we never had an open meetings act violation.Now it is a common occurrence. Restoring
ethics and trust in government is job 1.”
said “I will propose the creation of a truly independent ethics commission and
stronger ethics laws that clearly state that county elected officials cannot
profit from their position, or do business with the county, and I want to
re-instate penalties so there are consequences for ethics violations.”
the citizens who have attended public meetings to speak out against the
proposed Monrovia Town Center and criticized how they were treated.Gardner said “I felt an urge to come into to
Winchester Hall to defend their right to participate in the process.Citizens need to be treated with dignity and
respect.I will welcome public
involvement.We are in it together.”
also said she supported those who are advocating saving the Montevue Home and
Citizens.“For almost 200 years, we
have taken care of people in need in our community at Montevue.To sell these facilities at a significant
financial loss with no plan in place on how to take care of people is fiscally
irresponsible and morally vacant.”
Waste-to-Energy, which she originally supported while serving as president of
the board, Gardner said the project now appears to be dead.She pointed out that with Carroll County
withdrawing from the project and no new partner identified, a smaller facility
built for Frederick County only, was not financially viable.
she said Frederick County should expand residential and commercial recycling, develop
composting programs, expand resource recovery systems, and negotiate long-term contracts
to continue to ship the majority of the waste remaining after diversion,
composting, and recycling to out of state landfills.
concluded her speech by saying “There is clearly a lot to be done.It will be a challenge.It will also be exciting.I believe our best days ahead.I want you to know that I am in it to win
early date, no other candidate for county executive has officially announced.
I had previously
reported Democrat Gordon Cooley, who was former legal counsel for F&M
Bankcorp and regional president for PNC Bank was considering entering the race.In an email received from him yesterday,
Cooley told me “after lots of consideration, I have determined not to pursue
a Democrat who was a long term Alcoa Eastalco executive, with government
relations experience in Annapolis, is another name circulating in regard to the
county executive race.
primary will be held June 24 and the general election will be November 4.
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