Jerry Donald Campaign

County Councilman Jerry Donald speaks with supporters at a re-election campaign event in Middletown.

County Councilman Jerry Donald (D) will strive to keep his District 1 seat with an eye toward advancing the policy course he charted in his first term.

“I’d like to help the county continue on the path that we’ve been on for the past four years,” he said in a phone interview Wednesday before he kicked off his campaign at The Main Cup in Middletown.

The teacher said he would prioritize funding the school system beyond the minimum required by state law along with capital projects including the two new elementary schools under construction — Sugarloaf and Butterfly Ridge.

Another top priority for Donald would be containing sprawl, he said, and concentrating development in areas where growth and infrastructure already exist. The county will have to find space for school capacity in the eastern part of the county, he said.

The final piece of his core agenda would be to promote public safety. He cited the need for more 911 operators and sheriff’s deputies. He noted that during his term the county had added career firefighters in the budget. In August 2016, the federal government provided the county with a $6.3 million grant to fund new positions.

He said the County Council would also need to focus on a solid waste plan and examine how to deal with food waste. The last Board of County Commissioners canceled plans for an incinerator, he noted, so the current government has been exploring options to reduce landfill use.

Looking back on his term on the council, he said the county had made “mature” decisions by putting money into public safety and schools without raising taxes.

“I think we’ve given people really good, mature, local government,” he said.

Donald is a lifelong Frederick County resident who grew up in his district, in Braddock Heights.

District 1 includes southwestern portions of the county, including Brunswick, Burkittsville, Middletown and Rosemont. The district lies south of Interstate 70 and the city of Frederick and west of Md. 355.

The County Council consists of seven members, five elected based on geographic districts and two at-large. They serve four-year terms and currently earn $22,500 annually.

The 2018 primary election is on June 26, and the general election follows on Nov. 6.

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(13) comments

jsklinelga

What happened to change Article 35 of the State Constitution?

elymus43

Donald is a school teacher, and wants to go beyond the MOE. This is going to cost the taxpayers more MONEY. The present charter members are either for the BOE or the developers and builders. Vote for someone else and not Donald....

DickD

Jerry has done a good job, is very articulate and has meetings with the citizens within his district, He deserves our votes.

Charles_Nelson_Reilly

Uhhhh no FNP, he is not seeking re-election for the "County's" agenda. He is seeking re-election for his agenda which coincides with what a majority of the staff at the FNP want. I mean why even attempt to disguise your bias at this point?

FNP lost it's credibility for any sort of fairness long ago. Besides the bias they show in favor of County Democrats and liberal policies in their reporting, opinion pieces, etc. they even go as far as to use pictures to reinforce positive and negative imagery & emotion. For example, right here, today in this piece they've got a picture of Donald smiling and in conversation with other people. This gives people the impression that Donald is outgoing, personal and liked. The picture directly above it in another article is of Tony Chmelik, a Council Republican. The picture of him is a headshot from an undated council meeting. The picture is cold, emotionless and a close up shot. The headline gives the impression of conflict and disagreement.

These are pathetic attempts to disparage those who FNP doesn't agree with, but they do it every day.

public-redux

You don't think Tony looks like the most interesting man in the world?

rbtdt5

He is running to get more $$ for schools. Being that he's a teacher of course he wants more money going to the schools and his paycheck.

threecents

Rbt and Cowell, Are you saying that no govt employees should be allowed to vote on tax issues? That would be tricky, since the entire council is made of govt employees. How would that work at the federal level? Congress can't vote on the budget or on tax issues because they might affect their bottom lines?

shiftless88

Yes, their arguments make zero sense.

jsklinelga

threecents
i am slightly surprised. Ordinarily your comments are well informed. Have you ever heard of the Hatch Act? Locally, BOE members holding elected office was not even attempted, for obvious reasons, until recently. There have been several attempts to justify this by the heavily, union endorsed, Attorney General and the Assistant Attorney General, but basically it is still against Maryland Law. If I am wrong please show me the legislation that now permits this.

threecents

I don't know about you, but I would rather have someone who might be biased toward funding education than someone biased toward developers. Hmm?

Cowell

How about Mr. Donald follow the rules within our County code.
Section 1-7.1-5. CONFLICTS OF INTEREST.
(E) Contracts with elected officials.
(1) In order to avoid actual conflicts of interest or the appearance of conflicts of interest, the County may not knowingly enter into a contract where one or more of the contracting parties is one of the following:
(c) A business entity in which the elected official or a qualified relative of an elected official is an officer, director, trustee, partner or employee.


Jleftwich

Please enlighten us.

DickD

Hasn't that already been ruled on and found not to be a conflict of interest? Besides, look at Kirby - a contractor - far worse. Look at Billy - real estate - far worse. Look at Tony a contractor - far worse. And all three took money from the developers and what they didn't get, Blaine did and passed it on to them.

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