Red Maryland Endorsements: Frederick City Elections
This year, Frederick is fortunate that there are three candidates running for Mayor as well as seven candidates running for five spots on the Board of Alderman.
Mayor: Incumbent Mayor Randy McClement is being challenged in the primary but his predecessor, Jeff Holtzinger, as well as current Alderman Shelley Aoli. We are confident that whoever wins this primary will mount a strong bid to keep the seat in Republican hands; however Red Maryland will not endorse any of the candidates in the Republican primary.
Alderman: As we mentioned, there are seven Republicans running in the primary for five spots on the general election ballot. It has been refreshing to see so many active, competent, and credible candidates who are seeking these positions on the Board of Alderman. Often, city council-type positions in smaller cities do not necessarily attract the caliber of candidates that are currently running in this primary. Even more heartening is the fact that a majority of the candidates are Young Republicans (many affiliated with the Western Maryland Young Republican club) in a party that often eschews younger candidates for “experienced” war horses.
One of the most important things that contributes to potential success in Frederick is the idea of planning and preparation that was put in place by the Republican Club of Frederick County and the candidates. As Dave Schmidt told Greg Kline on the July 10th episode of Red Maryland Election Focus there is a focus on data, on a permanent campaign, and what is called “insert your name” politics in order to build a perpetual conservative organization, something that is virtually nonexistent anywhere else in the Maryland Republican Party.
While we believe that any combination of the candidates will form an effective opposition and provide us with an opportunity to control the Board of Alderman, we do believe that five candidates in particular will make the best team for Republicans both in the general election and on the Board of Alderman. This team embodies many of the qualities that we seek in candidates and leaders here in Red Maryland:
- A fiscally responsible, small-government approach to leadership;
- Personal responsibility;
- Responsible political organizing and preparation, including knocking on doors;
- Outreach to younger voters;
- Grassroots Activism and a focus on direct voter contact
- Embracing new ideas and new strategies, including working effectively with the new media
With that in mind, Red Maryland is proud to endorse the following candidates for Frederick Alderman:
- July 10th Red Maryland Election Focus: Daniel Cowell and Dave Schmidt
- July 25th J. Doug at Night: Jill King
- July 27th Red Maryland Election Focus: Hayden Duke