Four weeks before filing deadline, only a few more candidates have filed for county elections

Four weeks from tomorrow, Tuesday, February 25, 2014, is the deadline for candidates to file to run for office in the Frederick County elections this year. Since out last update two weeks ago, a few more candidates have filed for county offices (see below).

This year, the primary will be held earlier than in past county elections, on June 24, 2014. As always, the General Election will be held on the first Tuesday in November (this year on November 4, 2014).

But the biggest change this year is that voters in Frederick County will no longer be electing a five-member Board of County Commissioners (who, in our commissioner form of government, have served as both the executive and legislative branches of county government). Instead, we will be electing the county’s first County Executive and all seven members of new County Council.

The county executive will be elected in a countywide vote. Two of the seven county council members will also be elected in a countywide vote (at-large). But the remaining five of the new county council members will be elected by districts. Frederick County has never elected officials by districts before, and so most voters still need to learn what district they live in.

You can see good maps of the new districts here:

What district are you in?
http://www.envisionfrederickcounty.org/county-council-members-elected-districts…

While it is highly likely that both of the major parties will have one or more candidates file for the county executive and county council races, with four weeks to go before the filing deadline, two weeks since our last update, only a few more candidates have officially filed.

At our last update, former three-time county commissioner Jan H. Gardner (Democratic) had filed to run for County Executive. And Christopher James Mason (Republican) has filed to run for the county council in Councilmanic District 3.

Jan Gardner (Democrat) is still the only candidate who has filed to run for county executive. Five time county commissioner, David Gray (Republican), has announced his intention to run, but has not officially filed with the Board of Elections yet.

In the last two weeks…

Jerry Donald (Democratic) has filed to run for the county council from District 1.

Luis O. Mantilla (Democratic) has filed to run for the county council from District 3.

Jessica Fitzwater (Democratic) has filed to run for the county council from District 4.

Current county commissioner, Kirby Delauter (Republican) has filed to run for the county council from District 5.

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The other county offices that will be on the ballot this year are State`s Attorney, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Register of Wills, Judge of the Orphans` Court, Sheriff, the Democratic and Republican central committees, and four of the seven members of the Frederick County Board of Education.

Those who filed for those offices, to date, are:

Charlie Smith (Republican) for State`s Attorney
• Sandra K Dalton (Republican) for Clerk of the Circuit Court
• Buzz Working (Republican) for Register of Wills
Kevin V. Grubb (Republican), Chuck Jenkins (Republican) and Karl Bikel (Democrat) for Sheriff
Millicent Hall for Board of Education.

There are four months between the filing deadline and the primary election.

We will continue to post updates as more candidates make it official before the February 25th filing deadline.

After the final filing deadline, we will have a section of our website dedicated to providing an abundance of information, including a listing of all the candidates, with their contact information, websites, Facebook pages and Twitter accounts (for those who have them), links a variety of additional sites with substantial information about the candidates and the election, and a calendar of significant election-related events (public forums and debates, for example).

As it says in our mission statement, however, we were “founded on the principle that informed public discourse and active engagement of individuals and groups in our civic life is essential to our well-being and prosperity,” and that absolutely includes being an informed participant in the selection of elected officials, at all levels. In that light, we are committed to being an excellent source of information about the candidates and elections in our community, and we hope you will invest the time and effort to be informed about the issues and the candidates vying for your votes.