year City of Frederick election ensured another low voter turnout with incumbent
Republican mayor Randy McClement winning reelection by receiving the votes of only
12% of the registered voters in the city.
official returns show mayoral candidates received 8,354 votes out of 35,498 registered
important, with three candidates running for mayor, he did not receive a
majority and won with a plurality of the vote.
votes McClement received fell short of a majority and were 49.56% of the votes
mayoral candidate Karen Young received 2,586 votes (31.10%) and Unaffiliated
candidate Jennifer Dougherty received 1,588 votes (19.10%).
remaining 59 votes cast were write-ins, over and under votes.
the combined votes for Young and Dougherty equaled a majority of the vote
not to suggest the voters of these two candidates would join to support the candidate
who received the higher number of votes.
What a large
number of cities across the nation do in this situation is they require and hold
a runoff election between the two candidates who received the top votes in the
The one negative
associated with a runoff election is the added cost to an election.
being the first time three candidates have run for mayor in The City of Frederick,
it is unlikely runoff elections would be a common occurrence.
other hand, with Jennifer Dougherty paving the way and showing that running as
an Unaffiliated candidate can be done, it may encourage others to do so in the
be wise for the city mayor and board of alderman to address this issue.
requiring the mayor to receive a majority of the vote has a democratic ring to
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