McClement, Young clinch mayoral nominations

Frederick News Post
Jen Bondeson
09/11/2013
Mayor Randy McClement and Alderwoman Karen Young each clinched their party’s nomination Tuesday and will move on to the Nov. 5 general election, according to unofficial election results. In the Republican race, McClement defeated Alderwoman Shelley Aloi and former Mayor Jeff Holtzinger. He brought in 49 percent of the total with 808 votes; Aloi had 32 percent with 534 votes; and Holtzinger had 19 percent with 317 votes. In the Democratic race, Alderwoman Karen Young defeated Delegate Galen Clagett and newcomer Carol Hirsch. Young brought in 50 percent of the total with 1,168 votes; Clagett had 40 percent with 925 votes; and Hirsch had 10 percent with 237 votes.

Roundtable Discussion with Frederick’s Mayoral Candidates (VIDEOS)

Frederick Gorilla
08/01/2013
On July 8 Frederick Gorilla and WFMD Radio, assisted by the Young Democrats and Young Republican clubs of Frederick County, kicked off the contest for City Hall’s top office by hosting a roundtable with the candidates for Frederick’s mayor. Candidates who participated included Randy McClement, Shelley Aloi, William J. (Jeff) Holtzinger, Galen Clagett, Karen Lewis and Jennifer Dougherty. Of note, Carol A. Hirsch, who is deaf and also running for mayor was unable to participate in the roundtable due to a last-minute cancellation of her interpreter. The forum was moderated by Pattee Brown.

Mayoral candidates say city needs to act on big issues

Frederick News Post
Jen Bondeson
07/09/2013
Candidates for mayor in this year’s election have their disagreements, but there is one thing they agree upon — there needs to be more movement on the city’s big issues. Blighted and vacant properties, Hargett Farm, Carroll Creek redevelopment, Frederick Towne Mall, and plans for a hotel conference center downtown were all discussed Monday night at the first forum for mayoral candidates. Six of the seven residents running faced off in the forum, hosted by Frederick Gorilla and WFMD radio at The Faux School. The only candidate who did not participate was Carol A. Hirsch. Hirsch is deaf and was not able to obtain an interpreter in time.

Frederick’s race begins in earnest

Frederick News Post
07/08/2013
The field is locked down and -- if you’ll forgive us the cliché -- the race to lead the city of Frederick for the next four years is on. The primary has a swathe of candidates -- 21 in total. All told, 12 and one independent will go through to the General Election on Nov. 5. It’s inspiring, given Independence Day was less than a week ago, that so many want to stand up and be counted and do their civic duty. The primary is Sept. 10, so party voters have only two months to familiarize themselves with a lot of political wannabes; and those wannabes, those of them who aren’t incumbents with a degree of name recognition, will have their work cut out raising their profiles with voters. All 21 will be scrambling for a cut of the pathetic number of people who generally come out for the city election. Barely one in five of Frederick’s registered voters came to the polls for the Sept. 15, 2009, primary.

Frederick's race begins in earnest

Frederick News Post
07/08/2013
The field is locked down and -- if you’ll forgive us the cliché -- the race to lead the city of Frederick for the next four years is on. The primary has a swathe of candidates -- 21 in total. All told, 12 and one independent will go through to the General Election on Nov. 5. It’s inspiring, given Independence Day was less than a week ago, that so many want to stand up and be counted and do their civic duty. The primary is Sept. 10, so party voters have only two months to familiarize themselves with a lot of political wannabes; and those wannabes, those of them who aren’t incumbents with a degree of name recognition, will have their work cut out raising their profiles with voters. All 21 will be scrambling for a cut of the pathetic number of people who generally come out for the city election. Barely one in five of Frederick’s registered voters came to the polls for the Sept. 15, 2009, primary.

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

Frederick Gorilla
Emily Holland
07/03/2013
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
07/03/2013
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 former mayors now in running for Frederick’s top spot

Frederick News Post
Jen Bondeson
06/28/2013
Frederick’s last two mayors and current mayor are now in the running to lead the city for the next four years. Jeff Holtzinger, who was mayor from 2005 to 2009, filed Wednesday to run against Mayor Randy McClement in the Sept. 10 Republican primary election. Jennifer Dougherty, who was mayor before Holtzinger, is also in the running. She has registered as an unaffiliated candidate and will compete in the general election Nov. 5. State Delegate Galen Clagett, D-District 3A, and Alderwoman Karen Young have also filed to run for mayor. They will square off in a Democratic primary. Candidates have until July 2 to file for the primary.

Two former mayors now in running for Frederick's top spot

Frederick News Post
Jen Bondeson
06/28/2013
Frederick’s last two mayors and current mayor are now in the running to lead the city for the next four years. Jeff Holtzinger, who was mayor from 2005 to 2009, filed Wednesday to run against Mayor Randy McClement in the Sept. 10 Republican primary election. Jennifer Dougherty, who was mayor before Holtzinger, is also in the running. She has registered as an unaffiliated candidate and will compete in the general election Nov. 5. State Delegate Galen Clagett, D-District 3A, and Alderwoman Karen Young have also filed to run for mayor. They will square off in a Democratic primary. Candidates have until July 2 to file for the primary.

Holtzinger Files for Mayor

Frederick Politics
George Wenschhof
06/27/2013
The long anticipated entry into the City of Frederick mayoral race by Jeff Holtzinger is now official with his filing for the office at city hall. The former one term mayor will face incumbent Randy McClement in the Republican primary. The race for mayor promises to be the one to watch in the city election where voters will elect a mayor and a five member board of aldermen. Already in the race for mayor, are Delegate Galen Clagett and alderwoman Karen Young who will face each other in the Democratic primary. Rounding out the familiar faces is former Democrat Jennifer Dougherty, another one term mayor, who on her fifth run for the office, has filed as an unaffiliated candidate. The Republican and Democratic primaries will be held on September 10 and Dougherty, who will not have a primary, receives a free pass to the General Election to be held on November 5.

Holtzinger announces candidacy for mayor

Frederick News Post
Jen Bondeson
06/27/2013
Former Frederick mayor Jeff Holtzinger has filed to run for the city's top spot again. Holtzinger (R) filed Wednesday to run for mayor in the city's Nov. 5 general election. He served as Frederick's mayor from 2005 to 2009. When he left office in 2009, Holtzinger said he did not expect to run again.

Clagett announces run for mayor of Frederick

Delegate has served 11 years in the House, eight as county commissioner
Gazette
Tripp Laino
02/28/2013
State Del. Galen Clagett is hoping to trade his post in Annapolis for one closer to his hometown as mayor of Frederick. “I’ve got a real investment in the city and what goes on in Frederick city,” said Clagett (D-Dist. 3A). “Without sounding too egotistical, I’m going to bring a lot to the table. I have a huge history in public and private life; I have good contacts at the state level and can work with a new county executive. All of that can help us build a great city.” Frederick County will shift from a board of commissioners to a voter-approved charter government in 2014, with a county executive and council.

‘Park Hall is gone’

Permit filed after most of historic house demolished
Frederick News Post
Patti S. Borda
05/02/2012
The partial demolition of a historic Frederick house without a permit might have been a matter of ignorance, a former mayor and a sitting county commissioner agree. Former Mayor Jeff Holtzinger applied April 25 for a permit to tear down Park Hall, but the demolition began before he got involved, Holtzinger said

Judge to revisit Frederick annexations

Frederick News Post
Patti S. Borda
11/23/2010
Frederick's 2009 annexation of 436 acres continues to play out in the courts since an injunction was filed earlier this year by Friends of Frederick County. Friends filed a motion for summary judgment on the grounds that two annexations under the last city administration failed to comply with state law. City Attorney Saundra Nickols said Monday she had not seen the latest motion, but the city would certainly not agree the annexation was illegal. In September 2009, the city voted to annex 285 acres of the Crum Farm at U.S. 15 and Willowdale Drive, and 110 acres bounded by Biggs Ford Road, the Monocacy River and U.S. 15 known as the Thatcher Farm. In each of those annexations, Friends of Frederick County's motion claims that the city failed to prepare an annexation plan, zoning limitations and charter amendments. "Failure to meet these requirements, or any one of these requirements, invalidates the annexation," the motion states.

City reaches settlement, acquires land for park

Frederick News Post
Adam Behsudi
02/05/2009
The City of Frederick on Wednesday finalized its condemnation and seizure of 148 acres for a regional park. The $18 million settlement will prevent the city and the landowner, Pleasants Development, from going to trial in March. The Clarksburg company had planned to build 640 residential units and retail space on the acreage along Butterfly Lane. Portions of the project had already received planning commission approval, and crews had started grading the land. "As a property owner, we're not happy to lose our property," said Jerry Connelly, the company's senior vice president. A trial in Frederick County Circuit Court would have determined the value of the land. An argument against the city's right to condemn the property was dismissed in March 2008. "The trial is not about whether the city could take the property, it's about value," Connelly said. "When you look at a subdivision that will take eight to 10 years to develop, who's deciding the value of the future?"

Officials still lean toward incinerator

Thompson, Jenkins say recent presentations on alternatives for waste don’t sway their positions
Gazette
Sherry Greenfield
07/24/2008
Despite a power-point presentation, a 45-minute film and testimony praising the recycling programs in Boulder, Colo., two Frederick County commissioners said this week they are still not convinced that building an incinerator to dispose of trash is wrong for Frederick County. Commissioners Charles A. Jenkins (R) and John ‘‘Lennie” Thompson Jr. (R) said this week they are still leaning toward voting to build an incinerator in Frederick County, or what some call a ‘‘waste-to-energy” facility, because it burns trash to produce electricity.

County shares details from Boulder trip

Frederick News Post
Karen Gardner
07/18/2012
Frederick County Commissioners David Gray and Kai Hagen recounted their information-gathering trip to Boulder, Colo., last month in a PowerPoint presentation before the other three commissioners and the public Thursday. The commissioners were in Colorado to learn about Boulder's aggressive recycling programs. Recycling is a way of life in Boulder, where recycling containers outnumber trash containers in most public places and where the residential recycling rate approaches 50 percent. The commissioners hope to achieve a recycling goal of 60 percent within the next 15 years, but recognize the current system needs to change in order to do so. In 2006, the last year for which data is available, the county's recycling rate was 36 percent with a waste diversion rate of 39 percent.

Recycling expert advises against incinerator

Gazette
Molly Fellin Spence
06/12/2008
As officials consider building an incinerator - or what people in the industry call "waste-to-energy facilities” because they burn trash to generate electricity - to deal with that crisis, an expert in waste diversion had some warnings. "The marketplace is smarter than all of us. Why hasn't the marketplace built [a landfill] in over 20 years?” said Eric Lombardi, executive director of Eco-Cycle. "Until you answer that question, don't write a big check because you're the guinea pig.” As leader of Eco-Cycle, Lombardi is passionate about waste diversion as a clean and ethical way to deal with trash. Eco-Cycle volunteers brought recycling to Boulder in 1976, making it one of the first 20 communities in the U.S. to offer curbside recycling. It provides business recycling collection and drop-off centers as well as educational programs for regional schools. Eco-Cycle also operates the county-owned Boulder County Recycling Center. Lombardi advised a group of Frederick County and city officials and residents Monday that businesses, communities and government must work together to all decide what's the best way to deal with waste.

Aldermen against city mayor prioritizing annexation requests

Gazette
Keith Martin
12/06/2007
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.”