Delegate Kathy Afzali (R-District 4) said she was “in it to win it” on the latest episode of Frederick Uncut to discuss her run for Frederick County executive.

Afzali said her competitive spirit was in some ways forged in her former career as a dancer of relatively short stature on Broadway. She appeared in “Cats,” “Peter Pan” and “Grease.”

In that regard, she revealed that her biggest regret — not only in politics but in life — was entering a 2012 congressional race she was destined to lose. Afzali had heard that incumbent Roscoe Bartlett was going to bow out of the election that year, but he didn’t. Afzali ended up losing to him in the 6th District primary by a vote of 17,600 to 4,115 and garnering the ire of local Republicans.

“It was really painful, and people hated me,” she said. “I mean, the venom!”

Despite her competitive streak, she touted the importance of fostering a more collaborative environment in county government.

When asked her opinion of charter government, she said: “It’s hard to know if the problem is with the charter, or if the problem is with the personalities of the people that got elected this term under the charter. What I see is bickering. I see fighting. I see people that can’t get along.”

Working with others is something she learned in her two terms as a delegate, she said, even if it meant not getting credit for it.

Afzali also addressed her own political acrimony with Sheriff Chuck Jenkins. In 2015, she sent texts calling him a “wimp” and “phony” at a fire company banquet after he criticized her on local radio. Jenkins shared the texts publicly. Afzali said she regretted that the sheriff went public with the spat and that it should have been handled privately.

Afzali presented broad strokes of the agenda she would pursue if elected county executive, saying she would maintain close relationships with the business community.

She said she would consider trimming county executive staff to focus on hiring public safety employees. Funding the schools would be another priority, she said, within the limits of the budget.

“I don’t think any teacher is paid enough, but the question is, can I double their salary? Probably not. Do I think they’re worthy of doubling their salary? Probably so,” she said.

Afzali said the biggest overall issue facing Frederick County is development. Her goal would be to make sure that infrastructure is in place before developments move forward.

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m21701m

I wish she'd go away forever. power hungry troll

DickD

" Afzali also addressed her own political acrimony with Sheriff Chuck Jenkins. In 2015, she sent texts calling him a “wimp” and “phony” at a fire company banquet after he criticized her on local radio. Jenkins shared the texts publicly. Afzali said she regretted that the sheriff went public with the spat and that it should have been handled privately."  I had forgotten all about that!  But, in my opinion she is right! Jenkins likes to be a bully.

CDReid

I believe everyone here knows how you despise the sheriff, Dick, so I would hardly call your opinion unbiased. If you really think that criticizing someone publically or sharing childish messages from that person is bullying, do you then think that her calling him these names while he was speaking at the dinner is mature, justified behavior?

DickD

No, I don't CD, but these two despise each other. And I do not despise Jenkins, he is just incompetent - proven by the law suits he has generated against the County.

CDReid

C'mon, Dick, you're all the time posting anti-Jenkins comments here, especially ragging on him for his fact finding trip down to the border. "Despise" may not be the right word, although it seems to be, but you sure as hell don't like the man. And you may as well resign yourself to the fact that he's going to win again in November.

DickD

He may win, if the voters decide back slapping is more important than competence.

CDReid

How about if the voters decide that he's the best man for the job, like they did the last two times he ran?

DickD

Didn't Karl Bickle offer to talk to you, CD and you ran from him. So, that makes Jenkins better? How do you know? You haven't even talked to Karl. You are full of BS!

CDReid

Yeah Dick, Bickle offered to sit down over a cup of coffee with me to talk, and I declined. Do some research in the archives and prove me wrong. If you think that that's "running from him," then you're a sorrier example of a lib than I took you to be. You people just can't get a story right that doesn't meet with your twisted agenda, can you? And I don't have to talk to Bickle, he laid out his loser agenda here in the paper, didn't he? I read it, I guess you just [conveniently] happened to forget that part, now didn't you? Now Dick, I believe you're the one full of BS here!!!!!

DickD

Well, CD, I talk to all of them, you are the one that does not and still thinks he knows it all. I would rather be a sorry lib than a half baked conservative.

stjohn42

Ms. Afzali needs to come up with a compelling case for the voters to want an unsuccessful candidate and an unremarkable legislator as county executive. Her current platform seems to be "Not Kirby Delauter", which while laudable, is not going to put her over the top. Sending gossipy middle school text messages does not help her case at all.

CDReid

Sorry ma'am, but you and the sheriff are both public figures, the texts you sent him were fair game to be made public. If you didn't want them to be, you never should have sent them, especially in the manner that you did. I believe a face to face talk with him about the matter would have been a more adult way for you to get your opinion through to him.

public-redux

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CDReid

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Titanman123

Nope! Check Martinsburg!

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hayduke2

CD - in another post you said " If you really think that criticizing someone publically or sharing childish messages" Hmm, your own words also mean nothing to you... [lol][lol][lol]

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