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June 10, 2014

Senator Ron Young

Roy Meachum

When my wife and I moved from Bethesda almost 31 years ago, state Sen. Ron Young was the mayor of The City of Frederick. Furthermore, the title seemed to belong to him during all his life. Yet in 1989, seven years later, I cooperated with Paul Gordon in defeating Mr. Young.


Then I was writing three columns a week for The Frederick News-Post; I prepared the articles for some 20 years complete with pictures of my bald head and face. This was the era when George Delaplaine Jr. was the publisher.




The longtime-mayor had been responsible for modern Frederick – for Carroll Creek, the Weinberg Center, Clustered Spires Golf Course and Market Street, the depth and Frederick’s main boulevard. I got to know the man and was impressed with his intellectual agility and his energy. Still, he was a nice guy. Not a back-slapper, literally. His charm was infectious. That single quality helped him survive after 1989.


Ron Young contributed in many ways. He was a teacher and alderman, in that order – enough to contribute to keeping bread on the table for four sons: Brad, Brian, Blaine and Alex. His wife, and the boys’ mother, was Carol Young – as I mentioned before, an educator. He took another bride; I don’t remember her name. (He’s married – taking on a daughter in the bargain.)


His life didn’t straighten out until he took Karen Lewis Young as a bride. She’s running for the House of Delegates, which caused the Baltimore Sun to run an article, remarking if they win that they would be the first married couple to go to the General Assembly in Annapolis.


On her own, Mrs. Young was a financial wizard, came to Frederick as a bank’s vice president. She entered politics after she married the former mayor. From money, Karen figured out a basic strategy for politics. She won big time the first effort; the second election was fouled up because Jennifer Dougherty ran as an Independent, but really a Democrat. Galen Clagett was a direct opponent in the primary voting. She appeared in the early forum; she lost to Ms. Daugherty in the general election. Republican Randy McClement came out on the top of the heap – maybe because voters had been turned off.


State Sen. Ron Young seems to be enjoying his first term in the Maryland legislature. I’ve heard nothing negative: not like Michael Hough poses for David Brinkley. In that case, Delegate Hough mixes part of truth and nonsense; he smears it all around. The way state Sen. Alex Mooney used to do. Mooney has moved to West Virginia.


Good guy Ron Young deserves all the blessings.


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