Russell, O'Connor lead field in aldermanic race

Frederick News Post
Bethany Rodgers
Four Democrats and one Republican led the field in Tuesday’s contest to become the next five aldermen in the city of Frederick, according to unofficial election numbers. With all 12 polling precincts reporting, the top contenders included two incumbents, one former alderwoman, an attorney and a director of government affairs. However, with hundreds of ballots yet to be counted, the highest five vote-getters didn’t have large enough leads to put them out of reach of other contenders. If Tuesday night’s standings hold, the partisan balance on the city board will remain unchanged when the next batch of aldermen take office Dec. 12. Preliminary totals from the general election showed Alderwoman Kelly Russell and Alderman Michael O’Connor finishing ahead of the other eight candidates, with 4,212 and 4,169 votes, respectively. Tuesday’s unofficial tally put Democrat Josh Bokee in third place with 3,789 votes. Republican Philip Dacey and Democrat Donna Kuzemchak took fourth and fifth place, earning 3,781 and 3,656 votes, respectively.

Aldermanic candidates mix of old, new faces

Frederick News Post
Bethany Rodgers
wo sitting aldermen and two former aldermen are among the 10 candidates who are poised to face off against one another in the city of Frederick’s general election, according to unofficial primary results. On the Republican side, city voters Tuesday chose Philip Dacey, Katie Nash, Alan Imhoff, Dave Schmidt and Daniel Cowell to move on to compete in the city’s Nov. 5 general election, according to the preliminary totals for the primary election. The top five Democratic vote-getters were Alderwoman Kelly Russell, Alderman Michael O’Connor, Josh Bokee, Donna Kuzemchak and John Daniels, according to the preliminary numbers.

Prepping For The Primaries – The Faces Behind Frederick’s Political Landscape

Frederick Gorilla
Emily Holland
The filing deadline for candidates in Frederick’s primary election has passed, and Fredericktonians will be faced with more than a dozen names of candidates. For the aspiring-to-be-informed citizen, there’s a lot of homework involved. But don’t be afraid just yet: Frederick Gorilla is making the task easier with a preliminary, informative kick start guide to the candidates and the election itself: The Lay of the Land: Six candidates are vying for the mayor’s seat in the primaries, with a breakdown of three Republicans, two Democrats and one unaffiliated. The competition includes an unusual mix: two former mayors, one incumbent, two current aldermen and one current delegate. Seven Republicans and eight Democrats are in the race for five aldermen seats. Eleven of those candidates have never held an elected office, while two are former aldermen and an additional two are incumbents.

Six former or current politicians, one resident run for Frederick mayor

Frederick News Post
Jen Bondeson
One familiar face and one newcomer to Frederick's political scene filed to run for mayor Tuesday, the last day for candidates to file in this year's election. Alderwoman Shelley Aloi (R) and resident Carol A. Hirsch (D) will have their names on the Sept. 10 primary election ballots. Aloi announced her bid in front of family and friends on the steps of City Hall. Hirsch slipped into City Hall to file without a public announcement. Hirsch, who lives on Madison Street, has never run for office in Frederick. She did not respond Tuesday to an email request for comment. She will take on District 3A Delegate Galen Clagett and Alderwoman Karen Young in the Democratic primary. Aloi, 52, will challenge Mayor Randy McClement and former Mayor Jeff Holtzinger in the primary. Former Mayor Jennifer Dougherty is running unaffiliated and will compete only in the general election Nov. 5.

Two More File for Alderman as City of Frederick Candidate Deadline Nears

Frederick Politics
George Wenschhof
With The City of Frederick candidate July 2 filing deadline only days away, two more filed for the board of alderman. Former, one term alderman, Republican Alan Imhoff and Democrat Kevin Greene made their entry into the race official on Friday. Imhoff’s entry makes it six Republican candidates, ensuring a contested primary for Republican voters, who will choose five to move on to the General election. Greene is the eighth Democratic candidate to file for alderman. At the time of publication, Geene had not responded to my inquiry as to why he was running for office.

Aldermen against city mayor prioritizing annexation requests

Keith Martin
When it comes to ranking requests for land annexation into the City of Frederick, a majority of the Board of Aldermen thinks the decision should not lie solely with Mayor W. Jeff Holtzinger. At tonight’s public hearing, the board is scheduled to discuss a resolution on how to weigh and rank each request to incorporate land into the city’s existing boundaries.Chuck Boyd, deputy director for Planning, has told the board in two prior discussions that his department has more than a dozen inquiries from landowners regarding annexation into the city. Frederick has a moratorium on the practice dating back to 2002. The proposed resolution states the mayor will evaluate the merits of each case and rank them accordingly. It is that stipulation which has all three of the city’s Democratic aldermen calling for more discussion at tonight’s meeting. Alderman Donna Kuzemchak (D) said Holtzinger (R) should "absolutely not” have lone authority on prioritizing requests, since "annexation is a legislative act ... and a decision for the whole city.”

City approves Hargett Farm townhouses

Frederick News Post
Justin Palk
Developers could proceed with a plan to build nearly 160 townhouses in southwest Frederick -- unless the city takes the property for a community park first. On Monday, Frederick's Planning Commission voted 4-0 to approve the final site plan for 158 townhouses on the Hargett Farm property. This is one part of a larger project that could include single-family homes, apartments and a retail center on roughly 150 acres on Butterfly Lane. In all, the project will include more than 640 homes. Whether this development will ever be built is uncertain, as Frederick's Board of Aldermen voted in May to condemn the property through eminent domain and redevelop it as a park. The condemnation still must be resolved in court. Alderman Alan Imhoff, who recused himself from the condemnation vote, citing his position on the planning commission, voted Monday to approve the site plan. At the start of the hearing, commission member Meta Nash reminded the attendees that the aldermen's decision has no effect on the property owner's legal right to pursue development of the property.