For all registered voters who did not take advantage of early voting across the county in the last week and a half, Tuesday is Election Day.
And while municipal seats are not on the ballot, as all of the Frederick city officials were elected last year, there are several candidates representing other offices likely of interest to city voters.
Besides the governor’s race, which features Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and Democratic challenger Ben Jealous, a number of other local races are also on city voters’ ballots.
First off, the county executive race. Voters have three choices and can will select one candidate. Republican Kathy Afzali, a sitting state delegate, is challenging incumbent County Executive Jan Gardner (D). Independent Earl Robbins also threw his hat in the ring to complete the ballot.
On the Frederick County Council, all seven seats are up and at least two new council members will join a group of either incumbents or newcomers. Every registered city voter will have the opportunity to vote for two at-large candidates. Five are running: Republicans Phil Dacey and Danny Farrar, Democrats Kai Hagen and Susan Reeder Jessee, and sitting council President Bud Otis, who is unaffiliated.
City residents will also elect a district council person for either District 3 or District 4, depending on where you live. District 3 covers the northwest region of the city, and District 4 makes up the remainder. The county’s website contains a handy map showing the boundaries.
In District 3, Democrat Councilwoman M.C. Keegan-Ayer is defending her seat against Republican challenger Joe Parsley, a local businessman and philanthropist who got into the race in March via a nomination from the county’s Republican Central Committee.
In District 4, Democrat Councilwoman Jessica Fitzwater is facing off with Republican Jimmy Trout, a former Frederick County Orphans’ Court judge.
City voters will also select two delegates in Legislative District 3A, which covers the entire city. The candidates are Republicans Mike Bowersox and James Dvorak and sitting Democratic delegates Carol Krimm and Karen Lewis Young.
In the state Senate, city voters will be paying attention to District 3, where Republican businessman Craig Giangrande is hoping to oust longtime Democratic Sen. Ron Young.
Most of the city also falls into the 6th Congressional District, which includes two major party candidates, Republican Amie Hoeber and Democrat David Trone, as well as Libertarian Kevin Caldwell and Green Party candidate George Gluck.
City voters will also cast ballots for county sheriff, choosing between Democrat Karl Bickel and sitting Republican Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, and make several selections for the Board of Education from among a barrage of nonpartisan candidates. Several other races and some ballot questions are also part of this year’s county election, and as with any election, voters can also write in any name they wish.
Voters can also obtain more information about polling places and other election details on the Frederick County Board of Elections website.
Longtime Public Works Department employee retires
The city’s Department of Public Works could be poised for some changes following the retirement of a longtime employee this week.
Marc Stachowski, the city’s deputy director of operations for the Department of Public Works, retired on Wednesday. And while Stachowski declined a formal interview for a story in The News-Post, Mayor Michael O’Connor and the Board of Aldermen did present him with a certificate of recognition on Oct. 18 thanking him for his 19 years of service with the city.
O’Connor said after that meeting that he is not sure if he officials will hire for Stachowski’s exact position or use the vacancy as an opportunity to make changes in the department. He said events like that give officials an opportunity to reevaluate departmental makeups.