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.