Michael Blue is a Republican candidate seeking election to represent District 5 on the Frederick County Council. The primary election is June 26.

Why are you running for office?

I would like to serve the citizens of Frederick County by presenting a more conservative perspective to local governing. Working with elected officials and professionals using civil and amicable dialogue to better our county. I want to help guide Frederick County’s growth and help make the tough decisions needed to continue providing a quality of life in Frederick County that our citizens expect and deserve.

What’s the biggest issue facing District 5? How would you address it?

One of the most important issues facing our entire county is Livable Frederick. This new [comprehensive plan] has the potential to affect our tax base, private property and land use rights, roads and infrastructure. The Monocacy Scenic River Plan and its private property rights infringements are tied to this new proposed [comprehensive plan]. I would not support Livable Frederick as written.

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

I would support amendments to our Frederick County charter that provide the county council better oversight regarding the budget process. I will support an independent audit review process for county spending. Livable Frederick needs additional review before implementing and the Monocacy Scenic River Plan needs to be updated to protect private property rights of the citizens of Frederick County. Concerns raised by Frederick and Carroll County Farm Bureaus and real estate professionals need to be addressed.

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

I would bring a private sector perspective to a public sector position. I will fight to save taxpayers’ dollars and cut wasteful spending. I will bring a more conservative approach to spending the hard-earned tax dollars of the citizens of Frederick County.

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

I plan on listening to all points of view and respect differing opinions. I will search for a common ground and work toward solutions that best serve the citizens of Frederick County. Our quality of life in Frederick County is directly related to how our local government functions. I will listen and learn [through] professional and amicable dialogue to do what is best for the citizens of Frederick County.

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

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