Possible city mayoral candidates sizing up political field

Holtzinger

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.

“When I ran, I was very specific about the objectives I had,” he said. “Once I got them accomplished, I decided not to run again.”

Those goals included the extension of Monocacy Boulevard and negotiating a deal with the county to provide water to the city, he said.

When he realized that those in office after him were not taking opportunities he saw to grow the local economy, he decided to run again, he said.

Despite the sluggish economy, he said, elected officials could be more proactive about preparing for future development.

“What I have seen is a whole lot of talk and not a whole lot of action,” he said. "As corny as it sounds, it just seems like the same ol', same ol' with government."

Mayor Randy McClement (R), former mayor Jennifer Dougherty (non-affiliated), State Del. Galen R. Clagett (D-Dist. 3A), and Alderwoman Karen Lewis Young (D) are also running for mayor.

Candidates must file for the primary election by July 2.

The primary election will be held Sept. 10.

The city's mayor and five aldermen serve four-year terms.

(25) comments

Flexman

I guess Jeff wants to run again so he can hand out more sweet retirement buyout packages to city employees and then hire them back to perform the same duties from which they supposedly retired from.

mepiii

Ask Jeff where he was for Mark Bremer's funeral. This ***** was the "leader" of the City of Frederick when the only police officer in the last 100+ years died in the line of duty and yet some meeting was more important than attending the officer's funeral. He lied for 4 years about his residence and never complied with City Code regarding living within City Limits. He gave illegal and wrongful advice to his employer regarding the demolition of historic property located at 1100 E. Patrick Street. And yet he has the gall to accuse McClement of not possessing leadership ability. McClement may not favor strong employee relations and may have certain issues with the City's employees and residents, but at least he has the nerve to talk to his employees, explain and stand up for his beliefs. A sharp contrast to Holtzinger who couldn't care less for those employees and citizens that he considers below himself.

Imabbb75

This man is the most honest politician we have ever had in office. He has strong social, moral and personal values. He believes in the good in people, our children, giving back to our community. We need someone who cares about fostering our community and not worried about saying the right thing. I have NEVER voted for Republican and can guarantee Jeff Holtzinger has my vote!!!

president8444

Another winner for us.

jerseygrl42

he probably has as good a chance as anyone , the public is largely uninformed and has short memories, afterall they re-elected omalley after 39 tax increases, obama after 17 trillion in debt so why not this guy

NASCARLOVER

You do UNDERSTAND that Holtzinger was a mayor, and O'Malley a Governor, and Obama is PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES? There are just a few subtle differences that you may not comprehend.

Crustybachelor

"Those that cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it". Let's not.

srpez2

*Sigh*. Is this the best we can do? Continued re-treads of former mayors,or people named Young and Clagett, lifelong politicians? That's one reason I vote for Randy- he wasn't the same old network of politicians. I'll vote for him again if he brings back bulk trash pick up! The only thing for certain is that nothing is going to change come November.

BstD59

It's always in the voter's best interests to have choices. Whether or not one supports Jeff, Karen, Galen, or Randy, everyone has the opportunity to find out what they need to know about multiple mayoral candidates so they can cast a ballot based upon an informed decision. There is still a few more days before the filing deadline, if we're lucky maybe there will be even more on the ballot.

Quisling

Chubby is running again? I'm going to bake a pie to celebrate!

richardlyons

So is Jeff finally a city resident?

Imabbb75

Well living feet from the city line should be the main reason why you vote for a candidate...

backroomfrederick

Does he run in the same circles as our BOCC? We might want to have a little balance going forward.

public-redux

In the same circles? I'd say no.

But if you want distance from those circles, I think Mayor Randy is farther away that Jeff.

public-redux

I can't tell from the article if he is running in the R's primary or if he is running unaffiliated in the general, a la Jennifer.

BstD59

According to the City's website, Jeff is running as a Republican. This means he will be on the primary ballot running against the current mayor. Only the winner of the Republican primary will advance as a candidate to the general election.

public-redux

I voted for Jeff the first time.

Over time I came to the conclusion that he didn't value anyone's opinion but his own.

I won't be voting for him again.

jerseygrl42

sounds like blaine young all over again...guess he feels he didn't do enough damage the first time around

richardlyons

Would the former mayor please explain the Hargett Farm debacle. My recollection is he had the property condemned, purportedly to build a park. The city purchased it from Pleasants for many millons more than they paid for it. So mayor wannabe Jeff what is/was the story, in the interest of full disclosure

watson4sherlock

At the time, the city bought the farm in 2008 using an $18-million bond and is paying about $700,000 a year in interest. That comes to almost $10-million in interest accrued over the life of the bond.

"We paid probably less than a third of what the owner had wanted, but perhaps we could have made a little better deal," Holtzinger said.

See http://your4state.com/fulltext?nxd_id=157407

watson4sherlock

A Frederick County Circuit Court judge has ruled that the City of Frederick may move forward in court to seize 148 acres in Frederick’s West end for a $39 million regional park.

In January, property owners Hargett Farm Development, LLC asked Circuit Court Judge Theresa M. Adams to dismiss the city’s condemnation of its land off Butterfly Lane.

The company bought the property for $6.5 million in 2005. Frederick’s Planning Commission had approved construction of 158 townhouses on the property, part of a 645-home plan to be built by Pleasants Development of Clarksburg.

See http://frederickmarylandonline.com/2008/03/08/another-park-for-frederick/

This must have been the approved plan.

See http://www.hoehnla.com/portfolio/pdf/CS_HargettFarm.pdf

watson4sherlock

The City of Frederick could have landed in trouble with the Internal Revenue Service because it leased a portion of the Hargett Farm to a farmer last year, according to a top city official.

As a result, the city no longer collects money from Hillside Agricultural Services, but allows the company to farm on the property rent free.

If the city earns money on the property, IRS code suggests that it would have to pay back the $18 million in tax-exempt bonds used to buy the farm in 2008, according to Rick Weldon, executive assistant to Mayor Randy McClement (R).

See http://ww2.gazette.net/stories/08052010/frednew154906_32539.php

dbjanda1

NO ONE got reelected from the Holtzinger administration in the last city election...Take a hint that includes aldermen and him (was running then not running)...Not very decisive except spending taxpayer money i.e.- 2x retirement

watson4sherlock

Say no to Young. Say no to Clagett.

Give me the scoop. Is Holtzinger a good choice?

mburns

Jeff has two degrees, one he's a certified Engineer which enables him to understand many city infrastructure issues, and second he has a law degree and practices it. Those two factors make him an interesting candidate.

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