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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Ron Young Ready For General Assembly Session

George Wenschhof
Yesterday, on the coldest morning in over two decades, supporters gathered at Ceresville Mansion to share a delightful breakfast and listen to Democratic Maryland state senator Ron Young.
In a reelection year, it was also the last day state legislators are able to raise funds because they are prohibited from doing so during the length of the General Assembly session.
Among the supporters present were Democratic candidate for county executive Jan Gardner and Ron’s son Blaine Young, who is the Republican president of the Frederick board of county commissioners.  In what would be a contest between two strikingly different political philosophies, Blaine has delayed announcing whether he will be running for county executive.  Many believe the delay is because Blaine’s current employment at a local cab service and local radio station will prohibit him from being eligible to run based on the legislative requirements for the position.
Also present were local educators, businessmen and elected officials, including Frederick County Teachers Association president Gary Brennan, local attorney Thomas Lynch, Frederick County Democratic state central committee chair Myrna Whitworth and Elizabeth Chung, who is the Frederick County co-chair of the Anthony Brown/Ken Ulman campaign for Governor of Maryland.
Ron Young’s brief remarks touched on some of the bills he hopes to introduce and what he expected to be covered during the 90 day session.
He indicated he will continue to battle to bring back funds to the community he serves and specifically mentioned the Barbara Fritchie house as one project he hopes funding is approved.
Among the bills he plans to introduce are a “Blight” bill, and a bill to help government save money pertaining to legal notices. He also continues to support incentives to build energy efficient new homes and convert existing homes to become energy efficient.
Ron also indicated the contentious “rain tax” or storm water management fee will come up again in this session.
As he concluded his speech, he encouraged his constituents to contact his office with any questions they may have and that he or a member of his staff would get back to them quickly.
After, a twenty year absence, Ron Young, the former four term mayor of The City of Frederick won election as Maryland state senator (district 3) in 2010 beating Republican incumbent Alex Mooney by about 1,000 votes.
So far, no Republican has filed for the seat and with his Republican son Blaine Young seemingly supporting his Dad’s reelection with his presence at his legislative preview breakfast, it would appear Ron Young is a strong favorite for reelection.
The deadline for candidates to file in the 2014 election is February 25.  The primary election is June 24 and the General Election is November 4.
Stay tuned.
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