A Frederick mayoral candidate in court Thursday sought and was granted a postponement for an assault case in order to obtain an attorney.

The Republican nominee for mayor, Steven L. Hammrick — whose legal name is Steven L. Hamrick Jr. (with one "m") — faces a second-degree assault charge from an incident July 31 in which police claim he pointed a gun at a group of people during a confrontation.

Hamrick appeared in Frederick County District Court Thursday afternoon for a preliminary inquiry hearing before Judge Eric W. Schaffer. The judge acknowledged Hamrick was a former client of his, but the Frederick County State's Attorney's Office did not object to him handling Hamrick's hearing Thursday. Online court records show Schaffer served as a defense attorney for Hamrick on a misdemeanor assault case from 2015.

Schaffer recused himself from future hearings on the matter.

Schaffer explained Hamrick's July 31 assault charge to him and outlined his rights before granting him the postponement. A trial date has not been set, but Hamrick said he wished to have time to obtain legal counsel.

Outside the courtroom, Hamrick told the News-Post he was confident the charge would be dropped or the case defeated. He feels the publication of the case has not affected his run for mayor.

When he filed his candidacy for mayor in April, Hamrick filed an Affidavit of Alternate Name so his name on the ballot and the city's election website would appear as Hammrick. He said he requested the change because he no longer associates with his family.

Hamrick won the Republican primary in the city's Sept. 14 election, capturing 56 percent of the vote in the two-person race. He will face Democratic incumbent Michael O'Connor in the Nov. 2 general election.

Ryan Marshall contributed to this story.

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Beat up his ex girlfriend.

Pulled a gun on his neighbors.

Changed his name so we wouldn’t see his record.

Doesn’t talk to his family.

This guy is a total complete lowlife


Terrible limerick. No scansion.


And no Nantucket




Just bullet pointing the horrible path the lcliwn has taken. Line items


As a Republican I would never vote for him.


That, and Why would real estate owners vote for anyone that’s renting an apartment?


Dunno plumbum. Why don't you tell us? Do you consider apartment dwellers lower than you? Ignorant indeed.


Yes, Plumbum do tell us? You seem to be very focused on the fact he lives in an apartment. Why does that even matter? Maybe City of Frederick residents who live in an apartment have a problem voting for someone who own's real estate? When you say it that way, seems kind of stupid doesn't it?

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Plumbum - Your comment is ignorant. I'm not a fan of this guy, but someone living in an apartment does not make them lowly. There are people who live in an apartment who have high paying jobs making well over $100k - $200k plus, but choose an apartment because it works for them and their lifestyle. Stop judging people based on where they live.


He just now decided that he needed an attorney? Seems like it may have been a plan to push this out further.


He needed to save up for the retainer fee




Between this POS and our do-nothing mayor, I'm writing in Jennifer Doughtry. No question, no contest. At least she's got a plan to reduce our city taxes!


If you write in “Doughtry” it won’t count.


Think twice. Enough people write Dougherty in, it splits the vote and Hamrick/Hammrick gets elected. This is not a joke.


Unlikely. Over a quarter of the voters in the city are independent, not Blindly following party politics. That means they’re probably doing the research. And once they see hamricks background out. Almost 60% of Democrats voted AGAINST Michael. Wilson voters are likely not going to be voting for Mr. Michael. So, If enough people are sick and tired of this party politics bs, There definitely writing in Jennifer Dougherty.


You just can't make this up!! And some people will still vote for him.


"He feels the publication of the case has not affected his run for mayor."

Well, bless your heart. You just keep on believing that Sparky, especially since you are a repeat customer in court. Keep your hands to yourself.


I don't think he had a chance before his record came out, so maybe he is right.


Hey gab I think we nicknamed him Stewie.


how does one even justify carrying a gun around?

Cause he’s afraid of? Just let your imagination run wild…..what or who he could be afraid of?


When I’m skeered I call the police


Yah, but what if you were renting an apartment?

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