December 13, 2017
Can 2021 be good for the GOP in Frederick?
The next election in the City of Frederick isn’t until November 2021. The filing doesn’t even open until January of 2021, but the election has already begun.
And, while there won’t be candidates showing up at your door – or showing up for the first time since this election – the election has already started and it will be a good one for Republicans.
Let me first caveat this piece by saying two things:
1.) I will not be a candidate for alderman again.
2.) I hope we have open, district based elections in 2021 and not the at-large/slate system.
Politically speaking, the City of Frederick election in 2017 offered a great opportunity for Republicans. Because, even when there is an overwhelming majority of Democrats on the Board of Aldermen, as long as there is a Republican mayor or a lone alderman, any criticism of the board can be viewed as criticism of the one Republican sitting on it.
So, how does November 2021 turn into a victory celebration where we cheer on our newly elected Republicans? So, while I won’t share all of my ideas, I will share the ones that I’m sure many others have thought of and that I view as “no brainers.”
As of December 14th, the Democrats own everything that happens in the City of Frederick. The Republicans cannot be held accountable for anything that happens over the next four years as we do not have a seat at the table.
- City Republicans can take point on certain issues; the budget, policing, economic development and, yes, possibly any sanctuary city issues. When the new administration acts in a way we disagree with, local Republicans can share their criticism of the issues but also offer an alternative.
- Candidate recruitment starts now. If someone is possibly interested in running in four years, we let them know what opportunities are available to serve on boards and commissions in the city and the county. We can let them know how to increase their profile or highlight their current service to the city and give them opportunities to meet donors and volunteers. We look at 2018 campaigns and see active city residents and start speaking to them about the future. It’s not grooming, however. Grooming occurs where a group of party or government elites pick their own puppets and then help them rise to their level of incompetence at the expense of the taxpayer and common sense. Implicit in this, as well, is the fact that Frederick’s perennial candidate needs to be told to find another hobby that doesn’t include running every four years. Yes, every blind squirrel eventually finds a nut, but winter is here and the ground is bare.
- Republicans must continue to be active in the community. The community matters every day of the year and not just every four years. We believe in the power of the individual, so let’s go out and meet as many individuals as possible in as many diverse settings as possible. Diversity is a blessing and Frederick is truly blessed. Plus, we may find a candidate or two in our travels.
- Finally, we need a more local Republican Party in the city. The Republican Club does a great job with outreach and attending events, but we need an offshoot, a City of Frederick Republican Club that meets quarterly for events such as a cookout in Baker Park, community clean-up project, etc. Annapolis has central committees for both of their parties, and they are half our size. I am not proposing that; but, if we want to win here, we have to remember at “All Politics is Local.”