Are You Ready for Local Campaigns?
The electioneering season is now well underway again in Frederick County and city. On the surface all seems smooth, but underneath heavy duty plans have been under way, and everybody is lining up for what may well be an exciting knock-down and drag-out season.
It's time to diminish the outlandish fight on the national level and focus on what's good for those outside of that Beltway thing – for the real people who hold the hometown fortunes and values of family and communities.
Let's get on with the local personalities putting their time and talents on the mark. Citizens truly change things and not care what those outside of these jurisdictions think.
I'm not acquainted with each and every person who has – or will file – for public offices. But I know quite a few. Those I do know are all capable of serving the public and well.
Right off the bat, the incumbent county executive will have some strong competition to no one's surprise. She, Jan Gardner, has a strong support base. Already Councilman Kirby Delauter, of Thurmont, has been building his official team. He will be a formidable opponent.
Others in the GOP primary race include Regina Williams, the former county budget officer, maybe Delegate Kathy Afzali and several others. They are racing for the Republican nomination. It seems unlikely Democrat Gardner will have any party opposition.
It's way too early, but preparations are underway for other important state offices. Frederick County State's Attorney Charlie Smith has already announced for re-election in 2018 and will be hard to beat.
Craig Giangrande, respected Frederick businessman, has strong support as a Republican candidate for state Senate for the third district seat held by Democrat Ron Young.
Mayor Randy McClement has served two terms as Frederick City's chief executive. Several names have been floated as opponents. Hizzoner has good marks for his leadership. He hasn't filed for re-election but is expected to do so soon and is highly favored.
At least two Democrats have announced their intention to seek Mayor McClement’s seat – Alderman Michael O’Connor and former mayor Jennifer Dougherty.
Hayden Duke has announced for city alderman and is a strong Republican contender. He has garnered strong conservative support and is popular throughout the city.
Mr. Duke has worked hard for the city and GOP candidates. He is a respected teacher and community organizer.
The primary election is scheduled September 12 with the general election on November 7.
There's a long way to go before the balloting. The candidates are at work. There's no rest for the winners and voters. The next four months will be exciting. Watching the developing battle lines again becomes our big time sport, hobby and "what ifs and what fors."
Undoubtedly other names will be added to the candidates list. What better way to maintain good and solid communities than to have the pick of the litter? There are so many quality citizens to offer themselves as leaders.