The three unions representing Frederick County Public Schools employees endorsed Frederick County Council member Jessica Fitzwater (D) for county executive Monday, as well as eight candidates for other local offices.

In a joint statement, the unions endorsed incumbent Karen Yoho plus candidates Ysela Bravo, Rae Gallagher and Dean Rose for the four seats set to open on the school board.

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(64) comments

mgoose806

Daryl Boffman has the skill sets and experience to do a much better job then Fitzwater. There is nothing she has done to make Frederick a better place to live Being a teacher doesn't qualify you to be County Executive. Being a lacky for teachers union apparently does

Boomer631B

[thumbup] would like to have a foia done with the Boe members during the pandemic and the period of time of the DOJ report on restraint... that will tell us about these folks...

public-redux

A FOIA about what?

Boomer631B

They all claim they knew nothing about the restraint report and what was in it... and quickly pointed the finger at the outgoing Alban... also the connection between the school shutdowns during the pandemic and the unions etc... be nice to see what our BOE thinks overall about the parents and the tax payers of the county... that is why it would be good to have a FOIA on some of this... then we could see them circle their wagons more than they did already regarding the DOJ report... just saying!

public-redux

I appreciate your repudiation of your declaration that you weren’t going to respond to other commenters any more.

Were you ever able to find any links supporting your assertions about trans folk after I posted link after link refuting your claims? I just hate it when my fellow conservatives chicken out.

Boomer631B

I was only responding to explain why the request... otherwise I choose which commenter I will reply... my choice.

phydeaux994

Ooh Ooh me Boomer me pretty please 🙋

public-redux

Boomer, I always knew you were pro-choice.

TrekMan

There is something suspect about this - go to the Acela Tech website and it takes you to someplace foreign. I think Mr. Boffman's company went out of business. To that, that makes you wonder whether he is qualified to run our county. I would rather have someone who is really from the county and knows it's needs.

TrekMan

BTW, Fitzwater doesn't even come close to being qualified - that's a train wreck waiting to happen.

yogib

Anytime employees and lesser persons of non-wealth , begin to gain some power over their working conditions , a certain element in this country starts to get nervous and begins to use the old routines to stop their rights . It is ok for men of wealth to dominate but not for those outside the club such as women and those of color.

Hayduke2

Are police unions able to endorse candidates, can political parties endorse candidates, can the bar associations endorse candidates, can any union or group endorse a candidate that they think is in their best interests? Why shouldn't the teacher's union be able to do the same? The FEC says " A corporation or labor organization may endorse a candidate and may communicate the endorsement to the general public. The corporation or labor organization may communicate with candidates for the purpose of deciding which, if any, candidate to endorse. " You may not like the candidate or support them, that is your choice. VOTE...

Boomer631B

well put - get out and vote...

WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

If you don't vote, you lose your b*tching rights.

TrekMan

This election is going to get so skewed it's not even funny!!

HappySeller2014

If this is the best the FCPS teachers union can endorse, we all deserve to be thrown into the Pit of Misery, Dilly Dilly style.

Tax payer dollars fund teacher salaries. They unionize, and then their union influences elections by endorsing specific candidates. What a questionable, disgusting and ridiculous crock of cow dung.

jsklinelga

Happyseller

If you research this you will find that this was not allowed 10 years ago. Dual officer holders were unconstitutional. Not to mention unethical. Hundreds of years of tradition were overruled,not by legislature but by an opinion of an Assistant Attorney General of Md. You may also remember how the ethics committee members resigned in protest when Gardner came to office and she filled the positions with like minded folks

Not only does this expand the power and influence of the BOE but also the Democrat stronghold on MD politics. The publicly funded teacher’s Union is the most powerful lobby in the state. Bigger budgets produce more power and influence. Just look at the 4 billion dollar a year landmark bill -Blueprint for Maryland's future Talk about a MASSIVE expansion of influence.

Awteam2021

Not sure what you are talking about and I doubt you do either. Teachers aren’t office holders. If you research this you will find that many who gained political office in Frederick City and County were school teachers.

jsklinelga

aw

If you research this you will find it was not allowed less than 10 years ago. It is a conflict

phydeaux994

Do you remember the Ethics Committee that resigned were Blain Young like minded people? “If we do it it’s o.k. If you do it it’s not o.k.” 🦧🐑🐑🐑🐑

public-redux

The union is privately funded. No public money at all.

Aslan19

@public, thank you for such a great laugh. You are correct that there is no budget line item marked Union Payments. However, there is a ton of money spent on educational services in this state that is controlled by members of the different educational unions. The leadership of the unions know who their paymasters are and use that to their advantage.

public-redux

Allan, You’re welcome. I notice that you did not defend the notion that unions are publicly funded. That was my sole point. Thanks for the chuckle.

public-redux

“Aslan” Sorry, darn auto-bananas.

Anyway, if you want to laugh at me for something I wrote, how about making sure it’s something I wrote and not something I didn’t? We are already the Party of Stupid when it comes to science. Let’s not be the Party of Stupid for reasoning too.

threecents

Frederick went through this issue years ago when Fitz and Donald first ran. They were given the go-ahead and the voters selected them - well aware of their teaching positions. Done, done, and done. You are only re-hashing that issue because you don't like liberals.

phydeaux994

So don’t vote for her. Better yet, throw your hats in the ring. She’s not here on the FNPOF criticizing everything.

WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

That disqualifies you then, phydeaux, since you seem to criticize most everything and everyone here. And with you such an expert in public education, law enforcement, and racism.

sej58

No, tax payer dollars fund the BOE, just like they do with the sheriffs office, the fire and rescue-etc.

Boomer631B

What is really amazing for us here in Frederick County is that we are given these candidates as if they are the only ones qualify to hold these offices... we need to start finding and getting others to run for office and get away from these questionable candidates and their agendas...

threecents

Yah, maybe the next Dalai Lama is in Frederick, waiting to be discovered

jsklinelga

It did not take long. (conspiracy theorists and science deniers) stjohn 8:38am - Those who oppose the public education system.. Wow!

If you cannot see how flawed and unethical the current system is you are a denier.

Consider how the system grows exponentially. Public tax dollars fund the BOE. It’s employees are paid by public tax money. A portion of that public tax money goes to a union. The union sponsors candidates, using that public generated money, to be elected to a position that enables them to vote for more money. Once voted on the amount of money can never be reduced. It grows exponentially, on and on as we currently witness.

If you do not see the public harm this system does you probably believe the universe started with a big bang.

Boomer631B

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public-redux

One candidate for BOE says the "Democrats want to lock you up." Which sounds like a conspiracy theory.

Another BOE candidate says the "science" around Covid hasn't changed, it is just that elections are getting closer. Which sounds like science denial.

Once public employees are paid for their work, the money is no longer public tax money. It is their private property. Every conservative understands that.

Pro-Choice/Privileged W. Woman

Exactly.....every conservative understands that....it's Republicans that have a hard time understanding private property...

public-redux

I imagine nelga thinks that churches are publicly funded to the extent that their revenue comes from members who are government employees.

Hayduke2

Wait a minute jsk - teachers are paid a salary for their work. If they choose to support a union with THEIR money, that is not public money going to the union. If a deputy decides to support the current sheriff, is he using public money???

Pro-Choice/Privileged W. Woman

yeah JSK public money would be like the taxes that are taken out from a paycheck...that's public money...and if you see a deduction from your paycheck that says deduction for Union Dues then well that's a problem...so does it say on their paychecks there is a deduction for Union Dues??? Is it being deducted before or after taxes...LOL The devil is in the details...I need more details JSK....

public-redux

My hubby is a govt employee. I guess his deferred comp retirement assets are public monies according to nelga.

phydeaux994

Give us a brief outline of what needs to change jsk. In other words how would you fix it? Anybody can say “the Education System stinks”. How about “here’s what I would do”. Or are you a denier when it comes to actually making a case for your comments?

Boomer631B

One of the biggest problem with our county and the state has been the teachers unions... and we continue to allow them to have so much influence it is hurting our education system and our overall county life.

Panhead

U.S.Grant couldn't have put it better.

Boomer631B

Thanks

public-redux

I’ve read his memoir; I think Grant could have put it much better.

Fredginrickey

Not the police unions? Or the Trucker’s unions? BTW some of the Karen Konvoy aka Hagerstown Hysterical Hobos, aka Maryland Moob Mob, were forced to soil themselves on their aimless circling of the Beltway yesterday because they couldn’t find a bathroom in a timely manner. Nothing proves a worthless point better than wetting your pants like a toddler during a temper tantrum.

phydeaux994

What are you doing to change it Boomer? Same thing you did when you saw Urban Sprawl creeping up I270?….NOTHING, just whine about it. Just like all the Frederick County Old Timer’s. The interlopers are now changing it to their way. You let them.

Panhead

Go back and read the Mar.18 article on the FCPS survey. Administrators think the system is great! The teachers?.......mmmm. not so much. I would not vote for any of the "endorsed" candidates.

Hayduke2

Again panhead, this survey completely ignores the impact the COVID pandemic had on the public school system.

DickD

As long as we don't subsidize private schools it is okay with me. And there is no way I want Hough for CE!

yogib

Right on DickD

sej58

Amen Dick!

Aslan19

I wish to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to the FCPS unions on confirming who NOT to vote for. Since I am interested in separation of duties and responsibilities when it comes to the governance and maintenance of the local government, there is no reason to vote for any of the endorsed candidates.

Boomer631B

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bhall74

Asian18, your reaction is my reaction, whoever the teacher's union endorses will not get my vote.

sej58

Maybe both of you should do a deeper dive on the candidates instead of just saying no to the FCTA endorsements. Otherwise you are also voting against bus drivers, food service workers and custodian raises.

Blueline

It seems like the fox may be guarding the henhouse.

micky

If she wins, which is likely with this endorsement, the takeover of county government will be complete by the teachers union!!

DickD

Hurray!

MD1756

piffle

Hayduke2

Nonsense - no basis in truth micky...

jsklinelga

To maintain the quality of our public education system there should be a required tax directed towards lobbying and supporting members of the education system running for public offices. This will guarantee to protect the quality of the system as the members of the system elected will be in charge of formulating, voting on and passing of public laws involving the system. And they will be directly involved in developing, voting on and passing the public budget .for the system

And the real beauty of this is if perchance they may lose an election the monies they dedicated to the system in the yearly budget cannot be rescinded the following years by other elected officials. Ones who may not hold dear the quality of the education system or draw paychecks or retirement from the system.

DickD

There are already laws covering tax exempt status for lobbying by certain interests, Jim. The number one is a church and unions are covered too.

How to Lose Your 501 (c) (3) statushttps://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-tege/How%20to%20Lose%20Your%20Tax%20Exempt%20Status.pdfDo unions have 501 (c) (3) statushttps://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/other-non-profits/labor-organizations "A labor organization is an association of workers who have combined to protect or promote their interests by bargaining collectively with their employers to secure better working conditions, wages, and similar benefits. Similar benefits include benefits traditionally provided by labor organizations such as strike, lockout, death, sickness, accident, and other benefits. Labor organizations need not be recognized labor unions. An organization does not qualify for exemption if its net earnings inure to the benefit of any member."

HappySeller2014

What a joke. Simply endorsing all the incumbents and candidates with former ties to FCPS.

After all the circus atmosphere and ridiculousness within FCPS, the School Board and the runaway budgets and malfeasance under Alban, Frederick County needs a fresh start and to clean house.

Want more of the same? Allow all of these folks to be voted into office. We earn our moniker "Fredneckians" if we allow these folks to hang around, just like an obnoxious house guest.

stjohn42

The pack of "fresh faces" on the ballot holds far too many conspiracy theorists and science deniers for my comfort. Their agenda is not to repair the public school system, but to gut it. That is when the GOP shows up to privatize the system that is "failing".

threecents

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