In an effort to put an end to questions about his political future, Frederick Mayor Randy McClement announced that he plans to run for re-election this year.
The two-term Republican mayor announced Monday morning on WFMD radio’s “Morning News Express” that he intends to seek a third term. He has not officially filed yet, but he said he plans to file in spring or early summer.
In the meantime, he is focusing on his mayoral duties.
“At this point, I love the opportunity that I’ve been given to serve as mayor and I’d like to keep doing it, but right now I’m not running yet,” McClement said Monday in a phone message after the radio interview. “I’m doing what the people elected me to do, and that’s the business of the city. But everyone kept asking me whether or not I was going to run, and I also know that everyone is pretty tired of long campaign cycles.”
McClement said later Monday that the questions about whether he planned to run again were “getting in the way” of his work as mayor and he announced in an effort to quiet things down so he could get back to work. McClement has said his main focus now is on the fiscal 2018 budget, which he plans to reveal at the end of the month.
“It is my intent to run, but really there’s no news yet,” McClement said. “I haven’t filed paperwork. I’ll do that sometime in spring or early summer, I have until July 3. And then we’ll set our campaign in motion from there. Right now, I just want to let everybody know I’m running and get to the campaign stuff later.”
McClement, who will run again as a Republican, declined to comment further on his campaign. He said he plans to make a formal announcement around May, at which time he will discuss his platform and other details.
The city’s filing period for the Sept. 12 primary opened Jan. 3 and will run until July 3. The general election is slated for Nov. 7. The ballot will include the mayor and all five aldermen.
McClement is the only Republican to so far express an interest in running for the seat. Former Mayor Jennifer Dougherty and Alderman Michael O’Connor have filed to run on the Democratic ticket.
Several other candidates have also expressed interest in the mayoral seat but have not committed to campaigns.
Roger Wilson, Frederick County’s director of government affairs, has said he definitely plans to run for either mayor or alderman. But he has not committed to an office and did not return a request for comment Monday.
Galen Clagett, a former state delegate and president and CEO of the property management group Clagett Enterprises, said in February that he was considering a run for mayor on the Democratic ticket. He said he formed an exploratory campaign committee but did not have a set deadline for making a final decision.
He did not return a call for comment Monday.
Another name that has been thrown around as a possible candidate for the city’s top office is that of former Frederick Police Chief Kim Dine. Dine said by phone Monday that he had no comment on the rumors.
Three Democrats have also filed to run as aldermen. Alderwoman Kelly Russell was the first candidate to file on Jan. 3; Kris Fair, chairperson of the Frederick Center, filed several weeks later; and longtime city resident Jeannette Bartelt filed last week. Fair and Bartelt are political newcomers, and Russell is running for a third consecutive term.
The other sitting aldermen — Josh Bokee, Donna Kuzemchak and Phil Dacey — have not filed yet and have not confirmed whether they plan to seek second terms.