County Council President Bud Otis (unaffiliated-at large) is a candidate for Frederick County Council at-large. The primary election is June 26; Otis will appear only on the General Election ballot.

Why are you running for office?

I like serving people and I do not want Frederick County becoming Northern Montgomery County.

What's the biggest issue facing Frederick County? How would you address it? 

The cost of affordable housing. We are short 5,700 affordable homes today and this is only going to continue to grow. When development is approved we need to make sure certain percentages are set aside and credits given to assure affordable housing needs are included in the plans for day one.

What changes, if any, would you propose if elected?

The current charter has weighted the office of the County Executive a little too heavily in its favor. I think a discussion needs to be held to bring a better balance to the responsibilities of the two branches of our local government.

What is the one thing you would do differently from the challengers?

I would not have party bosses telling me how to vote. I became unaffiliated so only one thing is on my mind when I vote, and that is what is best for the citizens of Frederick County, not how it going to help a given party.

How do you plan on working with people with views different from your own? 

Like I have for the last three years, by being willing to listen to my colleagues and try and find common ground, and by being willing to try negotiate in a civil manner!

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