Earlier this week, Blaine Young penned a letter to the editor to this newspaper, stating concerns about recent crime in the city of Frederick and other issues.
The letter prompted a blog post on a state political news site, A Miner Detail, and a rumor mill about whether Young, a prominent local political figure, will run for mayor of Frederick in 2021.
Young said this week he is considering a run, but added several times that the election is more than two years away, and that he hasn’t formed any exploratory or campaign committee.
“I would never rule out anything,” Young said. “Hopefully, at the end of our day, our city leaders now respond to the concern of the citizens.”
If Young decides to run for mayor, it would be a step back into the local political spotlight after years away from it. He served on the city’s Board of Aldermen from 1998 to 2002, and then as president of the Board of County Commissioners from 2010 to 2014. He then lost to County Executive Jan Gardner (D) in the race for that seat in 2014.
In his letter, Young detailed several solutions to the city’s public safety issues, including:
- Placing a police officer on the Square Corner in downtown Frederick.
- Increasing foot patrols along Carroll Creek.
- Placing emergency phones along the Creek and in city parks.
Young said he understands why these suggestions appear to be campaign points. But he added they are simply ideas based on his experience both living and working as an elected official in Frederick.
“Right now, I’m just trying to be part of the solution and going out and contributing to my community,” Young said. “I guess, people always say instead of complaining, make suggestions.”
Krimm appointed vice chairDel. Carol Krimm (D-District 3A) was recently appointed by House Speaker Adrienne Jones to serve as vice chair of the state’s Environment and Transportation Committee.
Krimm, who has served as a delegate since 2015, said the appointment is an important one for her and Frederick County, as it includes reviewing the Department of Agriculture budget for the state.
“It also puts me on the capital budget subcommittee, which means I will be a voting member of the capital budget and looking at the projects across the state and specifically speaking up for Frederick County,” Krimm said.
Krimm said enhancing paratransit service across the county is part of her goal to improve transportation, noting the working group for non-emergency medical transportation.
The environmental side of the working group also ties into the county’s agricultural heritage, Krimm said.
“I always promoted funding for the soil conservation districts, so I will be sure to be looking at those, and other programs that the Farm Bureau comes forward with that may meet both of those goals of environment and the farming community,” Krimm said.
She said that ultimately, her appointment is a good sign for the county.
“We, of course, thanked the speaker for having the confidence in me, but also to recognize that Frederick County is moving in more of a leadership role around the state,” Krimm said. “I think it provides me the opportunity to talk about that a little bit more.”