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Kathy Afzali, center, Republican candidate for county executive, center, talks Tuesday with her treasurer John Cornelius, right, and volunteer Debbie Wareham, left, at a primary election night party at the Clarion Conference Center.

Delegate Kathy Afzali (R-District 4) emerged with a decisive victory over the two other Republican candidates vying for the county executive post.

After emerging with an early lead in Tuesday’s primary, Afzali came in with 6,717 of the 15,711 ballots cast by county Republican primary voters with 82 of 85 precincts reporting.

Cheers erupted across the room with supporters chanting “Kathy, Kathy” as state Sen. Michael Hough (R-District 4) announced Afzali as the victor of the county executive primary race shortly after 10 p.m.

Though not all polling places had reported results, Afzali’s wide margin over her competitors was cause for celebration among the crowd of supporters and candidates on the “Frederick Republican Victory Slate,” which also included Hough, County Council at-large candidate Phil Dacey and Maryland Senate District 3 candidate Craig Giangrande.

As results trickled in earlier in the night, Afzali held back, her demeanor subdued, which she chalked up to the exhaustion of a long campaign capped off by a day of campaigning at the polls.

“I think I’m just kind of numb,” Afzali said.

But as she took to the stage, Queen’s “We Are the Champions” blasting from the speakers, Afzali was all energy.

“Doesn’t it feel good to be a Republican?” she said, her tone joyful.

She credited her competitors for their service to the county, adding that the victory was not easy to secure.

“I had to work for it,” she said. “I want to thank them for making me a better candidate.”

Afzali won election to the Maryland House of Delegates in the then-District 4A in 2010.

Kirby Delauter gave up a seat on the County Council in District 5 that he felt he could have been re-elected to in order run for the county’s top spot. He received 5,122 votes with 82 of 85 precincts reporting.

Delauter was elected to the then-Board of County Commissioners in 2010, and then earned a seat on the council in 2014, when the county moved to its current form of charter government.

“I put myself and what I believe in out there, and I took the beating,” Delauter said. “You win some, you lose some, and that’s the way life is. It’s been an honor to serve this county for eight years.”

A tearful Regina Williams conceded the race at 10:30 p.m. at her watch party at La Paz in downtown Frederick. She received 3,872 votes with 82 of 85 precincts reporting.

Williams, the former budget officer for the county, entered the race in May 2017 and launched an intense grassroots campaign over the last year in an effort to face off against County Executive Jan Gardner in November.

On Tuesday, Williams and County Council at-large candidate Danny Farrar cruised the county in a military-style humvee to vie for last-minute votes.

Gardner, the incumbent Democrat who was in an uncontested primary, is vying for her second term in the county’s top position. She received 15,402 votes in her uncontested race with 82 of 85 precincts reporting.

Earl Robbins is running as an independent after turning in more than 1,900 signatures earlier this month.

All election results are unofficial until absentee ballots are counted. As of Monday, 1,266 absentee ballots had been sent to Frederick County voters, and 661 of them had been returned, according to the state Board of Elections website.

Absentee ballots can be returned through Election Day.

Absentee and provisional ballots will be counted in three canvasses by July 6, when election results are expected to be certified locally.

The general election is Nov. 6. The county executive’s salary is $95,000, and the winner will serve a four-year term.

Staff writers Hannah Dellinger and Lillian Andemicael contributed to this report.

Follow Allen Etzler on Twitter: @AllenWEtzler.

Nancy Lavin covers social services, demographics and religion for The Frederick News-Post.

(73) comments

TomWheatley

Here are a few thoughts: People need to use their real names instead of hiding behind these screen names. Is an web comment that much different than a Letter to the Editor?

Second thought: The paper version boldly proclaimed "Decisive Win" on the above the fold article to describe the County Executive three legged race where the percentages were 42.8%, 32.6%, and 24.6%. There was another race much more decisive at 76.6% and 23.4% that was refereed to as a "wide margin" . Really? Decisive Win??

Third one: Governor Hogan should be told his name was plastered all over another candidate's sign without any mention of his agreeing to it.

armillary





Printing Hogan's name on Kathy's signs
is a campaign donation in-kind.
Is she the sort
who would fail to report
and play dumb when she later is fined?

gabrielshorn2013

So, what is the value of Larry Hogan's name, and how much should she declare?

armillary

Kathy paid for the signs, thereby giving candidate Hogan an in-kind donation equal to some portion of the cost she paid for the signs. Kathy should report making that donation, and Hogan should report having received it.

threecents

Seriously?

armillary

Seriously. What's more, Kathy's campaign signs with Hogan's name on them don't have Hogan's 'authorized by' line on them. That's another violation. Kind of makes you wonder if she even asked Hogan if she could put his name on her signs.....

DickD

Good point Ar [thumbup][censored]

DickD

Good point, ar![thumbup][thumbup]

TomWheatley

Yes

abr7

A well-deserved win for a well-respected Delegate! Kathy Afzali was made for this job. Can't wait to cast my vote in November!

KellyAlzan

Now that kurbie has time on his hands, maybe he can take Steve for a ride in a tractor trailer pulling a lowboy in northbound 75 so Steve can see the reality of how deficient the signage is

stevemckay

You're relentless! :-)

CDReid

Kelly relentless? Nah, more like redundant.

elymus43

The democrats can not see a republican win anytime????

awteam2000

Ely, Steve McKay is a Republican who gets a lot of bipartisan support and so does your governor, Hogan. Just like Jan Gardner, a Democrat gets a lot of bipartisan support. It really depends on policies and capabilities.

DickD

In other words, aw, "All politics are local."[thumbup]

DeltaOne

I was happy Kirby lost and intend to vote for Jan in November. I hope Jan wins and continues the great work she's doing as county executive.

We watch the county council meetings...I'm loving imaging the meetings without Kirby, Tony and Little Billy.

rbtdt5

If Kia gets elected these meetings will put you to sleep.

KellyAlzan

LoOks super nerdy

FrederickFan

[thumbup].

mysameoldname

What was the deal with Billy Shreve? He has campaign signs up for Senate but he wasn't on the ballot except for Republican National Committee. Was looking forward to voting against him.

mysameoldname

Never mind. He was running in another district. Duh!

stjohn42

I am somewhat amazed at the impact that association with Blaine Young still has on these folks after being gone for 4 years. He made a mark; albeit not the one that he intended.

DickD

Congratulations, Kathy!  As I said previously, Kathy will (and did) beat Kirby!  The only thing that would have made me happier if for Regina to come in second.

Kirby campaigned with literature supporting Trump and saying he was going to help Sheriff Jenkins stop Frederick County from being a sanctuary for the illegals.  Apparently, Kirby did not realize his buddy had been working hard on that already,  (Has Kirby been asleep?)

What really hurt Kirby, though, was his past record on the BOCC, giving away Citizens nursing and Montevue.  Then there was the Jefferson Park fiasco and Kirby claiming he was saving us taxes, as he spent tax money like a drunken sailor.  

There were two holdovers from the old Blaine gang, Kirby and Billy.  Both lost, Billy taking a real bad shellacking.  Tony joined them and lost to Steve McKay.

Congratulations, Steve!

leslieh62_1999

Looks like I'll be voting Democrat go Jan

KellyAlzan

Williams ran for all the wrong reasons. And the people recognized that. And how on earth did she have any interest in that sweaty smelly greasy former commissioner we’ll never know, he’s gross

mysameoldname

Agreed. I would never trust her judgement to make good decisions after being involved with him.

Amerhero60

Don’t get too comfortable with Kathy as she is only the best of a poor lot of candidates. I voted for her to block Kirby (what has he done that has been positive for the county) and Regina (her association with Blaine says it all) and will most likely vote for Jan in November. At one time a Kathy supporter, her rift with Chuck Jenkins and vote on 2nd Amendment rights does not set well with me.

KellyAlzan

Chuck Jenkins is a horrible sheriff. His election success is not because of his credentials; he has no credentials. His election success is due to other reasons.

DickD

Kelly, you just earned CD's hate award! [lol]

KellyAlzan

Not even rank of corporal. Never even tried. Loser.

CDReid

No credentials Kelly? I beg to differ:
https://frederickcountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/View/277703/Sheriff-Jenkins-Bio
His election success is due to the fact that the citizens of Frederick County recognize him as an excellent sheriff. Maybe if you got rid of your illegals and started hiring legals you wouldn't worry about him so much. [lol]

m21701m

Kelly replies with thought and emotion more than fact.

KellyAlzan

Law enforcement credentials and qualifications.

Fact: chuck Jenkins has NONE. He is not even qualified to be hired at most other agencies.

Have you armchair law enforcement experts ever seen the background of former fcpd Chief Dine? How bout the former chief of DC ‘metropolitan PD? Her background is amazing. Jenkins can’t even tough them. High school graduate, that’s all he has.

mgoose806

The "other reason" was no one ran against him in the primaries. Great insight...thanks for sharing.

DickD

He had one last time and that one is running for District 1 County Council.

DickD

You will have plenty of company![thumbup]

mysameoldname

Yes, a vote for Kathy was a vote against Kirby and Regina. Still supporting Jan Gardner as I think she's done a fine job as I told Kathy when she called me a few weeks ago. I do give her credit for making personal calls to the voters and she was poised and articulate even if very surprised that a republican could express a preference for Jan. I think it will be a tough race.

threecents

Jan will win in a landslide. Even Kathy must see that.

KellyAlzan

I dunno. Them land owners don’t like democrats

DickD

Kelly, the land owners are not that many, so it will not make much difference, politically.

sej58

Kelly I am a land owner AND a democrat!

benedictus

I also voted for her in the primary, but will be voting for Jan, who I think is doing a great job. Too bad she wasn't running for another position - I think Jan has a lock on that one.

newspostreader

Hopefully Kirby has learned from this that you can't be so hot tempered and be in public office. I think he has a lot of information about how the county runs, and would have probably been strong in this position, but people get turned off by his attitude and how quick he is to blow his top. It's hard to vote someone in office that can't control emotions.

Dwasserba

He was gracious in defeat.

threecents

He probably did not relish the thought of running against Jan, and this is clearly the end of his political career in Frederick.

gabrielshorn2013

Congratulations Kathy! All the best in the future!

bgraub

Does this mean that it’s legal to use Delauter’s name in print again? 😂

richardlyons

Let's hope we don't see it again. Though I guess he's still in office until December [sad]

benedictus

But now he's a private citizen!

des21

Congrats Kathy. Best of luck in November.

FrederickFan

Kathy was a big Blaine supporter and she needs to go too! She will treat citizens and employees with distain. She has zero leadership skills and got absolutely nothing done in Annapolis.

armillary

That's what I said too.

armillary





Annapolis Kathy is moot
has spunk but is bunk, empty suit
less effective than Shreve
why she chose to leave
she just wants a closer commute.

mgoose806

What did McKay accomplish...Landsdale looks like Urbana, Jr. already... Lot's of lip service no results.

armillary

Have you seen the cornfields east and south of Landsdale, all the way to rt 75? That was to be Monrovia Town Center. It was a done deal, a fait accompli, signed, sealed and delivered by Blaine and his boys. Steve McKay undid it. That's not lip service, that's results!

stevemckay

Thank you armillary!

Nicki

The Blaine slate is gone!
Yay McKay!!!

CDReid

More like the Blaine "stain" is gone, and thank God for that!

Nicki

OMG, CD-- we finally agree on something [beam]

awteam2000

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]

stevemckay

[thumbup][thumbup]

hayduke2

CD - see, there are things both sides can agree on. Wish those types of conversations could occur more often.

DickD

Yup, I agree too, CD. Did you get up on the right side of the bed this morning?[thumbup]

phydeaux994

What is the difference between Blaine and Trump except the color of their big hair?? How can you hate Blaine and love Trump?? That is an oxymoron!!

rbtdt5

Phy, they are nothing alike. Trump has unemployment at an all time low, economy is booming, peace with Korea, I could go on and on and on. Blaine did nothing good for the county or country.

CDReid

Because I believe that what Young did for Frederick County was bad for the county, while what Trump is doing is good for the country. That's my opinion, and I know all too well you have your own which differs.

threecents

I agree with Phy, and the comparison has been noted in this forum for years. To recap, they are both former Democrats and disgusting narcissists, business owners with business degrees, both cheated on wives and hired prostitutes. They are even about the same size.

rbtdt5

Ya know Three, with that said, I don't think I have ever seen them in the same room together. hmmmmmmmmm.......

DickD

Wow, CD, you really unloaded on Ron. Why don't you say what you really think? [lol]

CDReid

Unloaded on Ron, Dick? I unloaded more on Blaine, although I dislike them both equally.

threecents

Rbtdt, Serious plot twist. Well done.[cool]

Rockfish

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