BG Election Winners - MP

Roger Wilson, center, reacts along with supporters as he views final results in the Frederick city election Tuesday night. Wilson and four other Democrats were elected to the Board of Aldermen.

BG Election Winners — MP

Democrats will hold all five seats on Frederick’s next Board of Aldermen after Tuesday’s election ended with a resounding sweep.

Incumbents Kelly Russell and Donna Kuzemchak will be joined by newcomers Derek Shackelford, Roger Wilson and Ben MacShane.

“It’s a great night,” Kuzemchak said after election results showed Democratic mayoral candidate Michael O’Connor unseating Mayor Randy McClement. “Anytime you have a clean sweep, that’s a great night.”

Kuzemchak garnered 5,436 votes, or 13.49 percent, on Tuesday, finishing fourth behind Russell, Shackelford and Wilson. MacShane finished fifth.

Russell led Tuesday’s aldermanic candidates with 5,928 votes, or 14.71 percent of the vote. The other incumbents on the board were O’Connor and Phil Dacey and Josh Bokee. Dacey, a Republican, and Bokee, a Democrat, did not seek re-election.

“I’m overwhelmed and really excited to work with a team that has already started learning how to work together,” Russell said. “It’s been a great eight years, but we’re going to move Frederick forward and make it an even better place to live.”

Shackelford, a local preacher and former Frederick County Democratic State Central Committee member, finished second with 5,509 votes, or 13.67 percent.

“I appreciate the voters who supported me,” Shackelford said. “They support what we’re trying to do, and I’m excited to work to serve everyone.”

MacShane, who runs a local construction company, said he was thrilled with Tuesday’s outcome.

“This is wonderful,” MacShane said. “Our team did a fantastic job presenting our vision for the future of Frederick, and the city responded overwhelmingly in favor of it. We’re going to build a more caring, prosperous future that will reach every neighborhood.”

Wilson’s and Shackelford’s victories mark the first time in Frederick history that two black men have been elected to serve on the board simultaneously.

MacShane, who finished Tuesday night with 5,233 votes, was still more than 2,200 votes ahead of the top vote-getting Republican, former Alderman Alan Imhoff, who had 2,960 votes.

Kuzemchak and Russell led the field of candidates in the September Democratic primary election. Kuzemchak and Russell won 14.75 percent and 14.74 percent, respectively, of the 2,967 votes cast in the primary.

Wilson was a close third in September with 13.57 percent of the primary vote. MacShane and Shackelford each had about 11.5 percent of the vote.

Wilson works as Frederick County’s director of government affairs and public policy. In similar decisions released before the election, the city of Frederick and the Frederick County Ethics Commission said that Wilson will need to recuse himself from voting on matters related to the county if elected alderman.

Wilson garnered 5,487 votes, or 13.62 percent, to finish third in Tuesday’s election.

All results remain unofficial until absentee ballots are counted later this week.

Follow Cameron Dodd on Twitter: @CameronFNP.

(19) comments


All Frederick city residents need to hold on to their wallets. Tax & spend will be your future. Considering the low turnout, it will be well deserved.


The article is wrong about the Board of Aldermen under Jennifer Dougherty’s dictatorship: Aldermen Joe Baldi and Dave Lenhart were both Republicans. Together with Bill Hall they worked to stop many of Jennifer’s more maniacal plans.


Congratulations to all of the winners.


I hope McShane will recuse himself from voting on all construction contract issues.


And I hope these democrats tax the daylights out of these people. Nothing like having high taxes with poor, inefficient and mismanaged services to show for it. haha


I think the Republicans have Kirby and Billy to thank for their dismal showing here. I bet you will see every GOP candidate scrambling for distance from those two.


The guy in the Oval Office doesn't help either. These aren't the best times for the Republican brand.

Crusty Frederick Man 64

I don’t see how one can call it a great night when voter turnout was only 20.95%. Looks like most of the city voters 79.05% didn’t care for the choices before them. I know it’s never 100% but the truth is in the turnout. And the weather had nothing to do with it.


That 79.05% will probably be the ones that whine the loudest on the FNP comment boxes in the coming years




Oops, kzat82, not kia[thumbup]

Crusty Frederick Man 64

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]. I’am happy to say that I fall under the 20.95% . Many of the candidates were not of my choice but I still voted. It’s what we do if we really care about the future of this city.


Are you really whining about whining?


You got that right!


After 20 years in Office and Donna “Hargett Farm” K finished in 4th! Perhaps her mailing that landed in republican mailboxes touting the women’s march and Jan Gardner’s endorsement didn’t help! At least she won’t be collecting unemployment now!

You don’t like Donna. Do you?


Fourth place, also known as "two places higher than the highest placing Republican."

Also known as, "is still an Alderman, unlike every Republican on the ballot last night."

What an odd thing for a (presumed) Republican to gloat about.


Did Val put you up to this? Full disclosure I voted for Kelly, so I’m not partisan. I just like good government


From early on this raw and rainy morning, you see that only very tough and motivated people were going to venture out to vote.

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