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During a recent interview, Democrat Antonio Bowens told me he intends to file the paperwork by the end of February or early March to run for alderman in The City of Frederick.
He feels there is not a lot of representative government happening now and local elected officials are not listening. Bowens added the current administration concentrates more on downtown than the rest of the city.
Mr. Bowens said he felt there was not enough diversity in local government and he wants to give people hope. He would like to see The City of Frederick become more of a leader in the state.
Fiscal responsibility is important to Bowens and he wants to see better money management by the city. He would like to look at selling the city owned golf course if it is not making money.
In regard to the development of the park on the Hargett Farm, Bowens asked “How is the city going to pay for this?”
When it comes to the proposed downtown hotel/conference center, Bowens said “I do not think this is necessary”. He feels what is being proposed will be an eyesore and does not believe in subsidies, adding “Why put taxpayers on the hook to subsidize Marriott?”
Homelessness is another major concern for Bowens who said he does not feel the city is doing enough to help this population. He said “everyone deserves dignity and respect.”
Blighted Properties are another of his concerns and not just downtown but throughout the city. Bowens wants to see them be brought up to code.
Bowens would also like the city to bring back the Bulk Trash pick up service.
I asked him “what led him to being interested in politics”? Bowens said he opposed the rezoning of the Frederick Town Mall for a Walmart four years ago.
When asked if he was supporting any other candidates in the city election, Bowens said “I am supporting Kris Fair.” (Fair is a Democratic candidate for alderman)
Bowens added he liked the beautification committee proposed by Fair, but wonders where the money will come from to pay for this.
Antonio Bowens told me he comes from an old
community family and has many relatives.
He grew up in Frederick Monrovia, graduated from Urbana High School
and attended . Frederick
He works as an interior designer at J.C. Penny located at
(Editor’s note: The City of Frederick primary election is September 12, 2017 and the general election is November 7, 2017. The deadline to file for a candidate is July 3, 2017.)