In a little more than four weeks — or less for voters planning to cast early ballots — city voters will head to the polls and decide on the mayor and Board of Aldermen members to represent the city of Frederick for the next term.
And to help voters learn about the candidates, The Frederick News-Post is publishing a series of political podcasts and accompanying profiles over the next two weeks.
The podcasts begin Tuesday with a special episode of Frederick Uncut featuring both Republican Mayor Randy McClement and his challenger, Democratic Alderman Michael O’Connor, answering live questions about a variety of city issues.
The politicking will continue Wednesday with individual In the Booth podcasts featuring the aldermanic candidates. Nine of the 10 candidates came in and talked with News-Post senior political reporter Danielle E. Gaines and me about their campaigns and answer a series of policy and issue questions pertinent to the city.
The podcasts are slated for release alphabetically beginning Wednesday and continue through the following week.
The nine candidates who recorded In the Booth podcasts are Republicans Hayden Duke, Bryan Chaney, Alan Imhoff and Nate Power; and Democrats Donna Kuzemchak, Ben MacShane, Kelly Russell, Derek Shackelford and Roger Wilson. Republican candidate Katie Bowersox did not return multiple calls and emails.
Kuzemchak and Russell are the only two incumbents running for the board.
The podcasts will be posted to www.fnppodcasts.com and will be available via iTunes and Google Play and through other podcast apps.
The general election is Nov. 7, with early voting Oct. 27 and 28.
The candidates’ second campaign finance reports are also due by noon Monday, at which time we’ll find out who the highest earners and spenders have been since the last report on Aug. 11.
to see and hear the candidates coming up
City candidates are also set to show their faces at upcoming forums and debates around the community in the coming weeks.
On Tuesday, the Frederick County Building Industry Association and Frederick County Chamber of Commerce will host a joint city candidate forum.
United Way of Frederick County and the League of Women Voters will follow up with a city election forum beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Bernard W. Brown Community Center. The forum will have the theme “The Hidden Financial Struggle of City Residents” with questions revolving around ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). Those who plan to attend can sign up at unitedwayfrederick.org/ALICEForum.
The Golden Mile Alliance is also hosting a Meet the City Candidates event from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Elks Lodge 684 at 289 Willowdale Drive.
Representatives from Frederick magazine, 930 AM WFMD and The Frederick Extra will also join Frederick Community College students Oct. 23 to co-host mayoral and aldermanic debates at Frederick Community College.
project moving forward through design phase
Late last month, members of the city’s Historic Preservation Commission dove into developers’ and architects’ replacement plans for the Birely Tannery building as part of the planned construction of the downtown hotel and conference center project.
For a little more than an hour, the officials discussed their plans for the site at a commission workshop and commissioners provided feedback. The discussion was the first of several that commissioners plan to host to hash out details of the project. The commission is tasked with approving the final design details in conjunction with the Frederick Town Historic District guidelines.
Project proponents recently cleared a major hurdle to development when the Historic Preservation Commission voted to allow demolition of the Birely Tannery building with proper historic mitigation. The developers plan to tear down the building as part of the project plans.
The site plan presented at the last workshop on Sept. 28 included details of how project developers and architects plan to design the 180-room hotel and 20,000-square-foot conference center buildings at 200-212 E. Patrick St. along Carroll Creek. The new buildings are slated for construction next door to the rehabilitated Frederick Trolley building, which most recently housed The Frederick News-Post’s headquarters before it moved to its current spot. The commissioners are set to discuss that design and provide feedback at a workshop Thursday. The commissioners will then return later with revised plans according to the feedback on both plans.
The multimillion-dollar project is set to come to fruition with both public and private dollars from the city, Frederick County, state of Maryland and developers Plamondon Hospitality Partners.