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.

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(53) comments

LeonardKeepers

none of the incumbents will get my vote.

KellyAlzan

He has zero chance. Cause of his support for tax payer subsidized hotel.

BstD59

Because he hasn't yet committed I wasn't going to champion Roger Wilson, but I think I will take a chance that he will throw his hat into the ring, and if he does? None of us could find a better candidate for Mayor. Roger would make an outstanding Mayor, someone who can and does relate to just about everyone and who isn't afraid of challenges and hard work. So, fellow commentors, if you really want to see a great Mayor in the city of Frederick those of you who are able to vote need to get to the polls and vote for Roger! (That is, of course, if he runs.)

elymus43

Randy will probably win in the race for mayor, because the democrats have not come up with good candidate yet.

Fredmd21704

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gardenwhimsey

If memory serves, during his first campaign he said he was only going to serve one term, that he was not interested in making this position his career. So, what changed?

KellyAlzan

He aged. No one wants to hire old men.

Fredmd21704

[thumbdown]

CDReid

If memory serves, Obama said that if he couldn't turn the economy around in his first term, he wouldn't run for a second. He didn't, and he did.

Fredmd21704

he actually did turn the economy around after Bush tore it apart, and THAT sir is why he ran again.

Thewheelone

Come on, CD; sing a new song. Obama is gone and your guy is in. Besides, things did get better thanks to Mr. Obama's policies. Say what you will about the auto industry bailout, our economy is healthier because of it. The housing market has returned from disaster as well. The number of foreclosures are down. Many economic indicators point to a healthier economy when left office than when he took over.

joelp77440

Yea, the economy was turned around. I'm not sure he turned it around but it was much improved from where he started.

DickD

Seems to me, CD, that he did turn the economy around, where have you been hiding to have missed that?

DickD

He got used to the money and power.

BstD59

I know you're not being snarky, Dick, because that is quite true. The only reason he ran for his 2nd term was because he lost all that money when he financed the sale of his bagel shop and the deal went belly up. He needed the income. Third term, you are absolutely right, now it's the money and the power. It certainly isn't the job because he he has never done it.

FreddyFred

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DickD

Wasn't trying to be snarky, I ran 7 times as local union president and the last time I was actually hoping I would lose, but not willing to give it up. It was the power and the fact some might call me a quitter. (There was no significant money, just lost wages, so money was not an issue.)

b1sellers

It seems that is what they all say until they get in there.

BstD59

Three candidates so far, and of the choices so far, I do know I would never vote for Randy. He is a do nothing mayor who believes he earns his salary by attending photo ops. He has always had an assistant who does all of the real work, and when he didn't have one he had the city attorney do his work for him. Oh, and that nice guy, respectfully attitude? That's purely for show.

I can also say I will not vote for Jennifer either, so where does that leave me? Hmmm, Michael O'Conner. Well I do know he is a nice guy, and certainly is respectful. He's quiet, but determined. No rash decisions for him. He's also smart enough to do the job himself without having to depend upon others to do it for him. Unless a candidate comes along that can knock my socks off, Michael has my vote.

rbtdt5

I'm in a similar boat. Mike has turned me off with his support of illegals but I do like his idea on the aquatics center. Right now he has my vote by default, I will not vote Randy again, won't vote Jenny, and won't vote Clagget if he does jump in. I'm hoping for some more options. I'd like to see some fresh faces.

BstD59

Claggett got his hands slapped for illegally electioneering during the last city election. I thought it odd that a man of his political experience didn't know better, but they had him dead to rights. He will never get my vote either.

Dwasserba

Run for office.

rbtdt5

Great idea, but this is not the time in my life for that.

nbouqu1

O'Connor is NOT quiet, respectful or a nice guy. He's been know to blow up at residents who dare oppose something he wants to do or raise questions he's not thought to ask.

districtrn

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elymus43

Wishful thinking.

MrHitshed

Randy has done a fine job as Mayor. He makes a lot of us proud to live in Frederick. He's a decent, honest person who treats people with respect. He deserves to be reelected and I hope he will be!

rbtdt5

Well, I don't really like any of the options this far. Waiting for some others to jump in

Fredmd21704

same here. Randy looks the best of the 3, because lord knows we don't need the crypt keeper back again.

Dwasserba

Run for office.

pretzel

Should have done something when he had the chance, Frederick is a mess

gdunn

What specifically is a mess?

Dwasserba

Run for office.

joelp77440

What mess? I remember when it was a mess.

gdunn

no answer? typical.

richardlyons

I'm sure there's a bagel shop somewhere with your name on it.

KellyAlzan

He had zero chance. Cause of his support for tax payer subsidized hotel.

nbouqu1

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rbtdt5

That has nothing to do with why he'll lose.

KellyAlzan

It has some bearing, yes.

Fredmd21704

it has no bearing and he won't lose with who has chosen to run so far.

rbtdt5

Milktoast McClement,

TinaS

Milquetoast

rbtdt5

TOP DEFINITION
milk toast
spineless, lacking backbone.

Dwasserba

Hmm. And actual toast with actual milk poured on it. Moms used to serve it in olden times. Bleeeh

des21

Run Randy run! You've got this!

DickD

Sure, he does - you can't vote for him, des? [rolleyes]

des21

Well, I own a home in Frederick City dick but it is not my main residence. Perhaps I'll change that for the election.

DickD

Go ahead, see what I care. How much will that cost you, des?

DickD

You would vote for Milktoast McClement? So much for your judgement. [lol]

Fredmd21704

Well, put ya hat in the ring so we choose not to vote for you.

DickD

Hope you meant des, Fred, I am not a resident of Frederick and don't plan on being one.

des21

I think he's talking to you Dick. I'm not sure how that "would cost me" (to change my legal residence) but I wouldn't bother. Randy will win. Milquetoast is not always bad. Look at Obama.

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