Blaine Young

Blaine Young, former president of the Frederick County Board of County Commissioners.

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.”

Follow Steve Bohnel on Twitter: @Steve_Bohnel.

Steve Bohnel is the county government reporter for the Frederick News-Post. He can be reached at sbohnel@newspost.com. He graduated from Temple University, with a journalism degree in May 2017, and is a die-hard Everton F.C. fan.

(74) comments

KellyAlzan

According to recent polls Jennifer has a greater chance at this than Ba’Lane

jerseygrl42

note to BY, thanks but NO THANKS...you've done enough damage to last a lifetime

KellyAlzan

Interesting this story comes out on Friday the 13th.....

llrowse

Why are you commenting to such a great extent on this thread? Are you somehow uniquely qualified on this topic? If so, how?

KellyAlzan

Stunning!

armillary

He could be the mayor of Blainebridge, that little apartment/townhouse community by the bridge to nowhere on 15 just west of I-70. They'd call him mayor Scooby.

spinafrank

Blaine Young ponders mayoral run [ohmy]. Really, seriously, please don't go there. Not even as a joke.


KellyAlzan

You mean you’re not hopping on the Blaine Train???

lewisantq

Before Blaine Young runs for public office he needs to be investigated for how he has spent his prior campaign contributions. Before he ran for county executive, he was considering running for governor of Maryland and reportedly had a campaign war chest exceeding one million dollars. Where is that money? Was it spent properly? Did Blaine pocket it? Who enforces campaign contribution regulations?



If we want clean elections we need to clean up this cesspool. Bob Lewis


KellyAlzan

His child custody case file, public online information, mentions “contempt”......


llrowse

Why did you look this up? Why do you feel the need to spread this information on line?

gardenwhimsey

If someone is going to run for public office, their entire life is open to public scrutiny, marriage issues, child custody issues, the prostitute/"black book" issues....everything.

llrowse

The campaign hasn’t yet begun. These public attacks are premature, and just plain ugly

KellyAlzan

Learn To Love It

llrowse

Really, Kelly? As Greengrass pointed out, you seem to be trolling Blaine. I find this odd. Why are you making a business out of this?

KellyAlzan

Amazing

llrowse

This is beyond politics. Leave his family out of this, and FNP

rpkrauss

😱nooooooooooooooo!!!

mjgreeves

Go away Blaine. We are done with you

sofanna

County residents will pay for his mistakes and greed for decades to come. Now he wants to do the same to Frederick City?


lithonaut4

Malo idea.

Greengrass

Kelly- yes people do change! Do you still act the way you did 20-30 years ago? Or even 5 years ago?

KellyAlzan

Yes, I do. And so do you. Maturing is not the same as sexual desires and financial greed.


Greengrass

So what the man got busted.. there’s plenty of men that do it all the time they just aren’t heard about because they are not a public figure.. tons of husbands!!!

KellyAlzan

Not quite what I was referring to. I made my post, said I could say more. And that’s that.

KellyAlzan

Greengrass - does ba’lane Still work at Natural Lawn? Is that how you, Greengrass, knows him??


phydeaux994

Donald Trump started out a sleaze and he’s still a sleaze. And he got elected President. Being a sleaze doesn’t seem to matter any more.

llrowse

Good lord, give a guy a chance. Also, I suggest people think about the old saying, “But for the grace of God, there go I”.

richardlyons

How many chances does a 46 year old get? Forgive, by all means, forget, Never!

public-redux

I always thought it was “By the will of God, he goes there.”

Doesn’t matter, really. Half a dozen of one, six of the other.

awteam2000

Ilrowse , Everyone should be given a chance to make a new... Yes, give a guy a chance. But not in a role that he’s demonstrated to be deficient, as a community leader what’s his redeeming asset?

DickD

Blaine is a conniver, never believe anything Blaine says.  He promised us we would not hear from him for 10 years.  Now, five years later he is running for Mayor of Frederick.  This is just a preliminary for Blaine.  Once Mayor, expect him to run for CE again and don't forget his intention to run for Governor.  Let's spare all a lot of grief and just send Blaine packing.


KellyAlzan

Pretty sure he won’t be elected. Unless the city has an electoral college

phydeaux994

👍🤣👍Priceless!!

threecents

[thumbup]Kelly, you made me snort and cough.

matts853

I’d love to see a current picture of good ‘ole boy Blaine...what with his fresh tats, highlighted hair, and you know there’s got to be some body piercings tossed into the mix.







Guy is nothing more than a buffoonish, corrupt frat boy trying to follow in daddy’s footsteps. Go away...


matts853

A broom in every hand, a girl on every side....

public-redux

There are many ways he can contribute to our community that don’t require his being in public office or raising money for a campaign.

chris

Could be still have money left over from his various runs?


KellyAlzan

Doubt it. He spent out of control.


Greengrass

I’ve never been a big B. Young fan but I have to be honest, over the past 2-3 years during my encounters with him he has really changed. Honestly I believe he would make a great Mayor and be concerned and want to help clean up Frederick City. I also heard he doesn't want to be paid for this position if he runs.

hayduke2

Is this Billy or Kirby??

Greengrass

No...: just a person that has seen a big difference in him and a person that does not hold the past over one’s head. People have the right to change for the better. To hate and or belittle someone for choices they made in the past, good, bad or indifferent doesn’t mean it’s ok to judge upon that now. That’s all I’m saying

KellyAlzan

Or, just you happen to be Ba’Lame.

threecents

An advantage of someone with no moral base is that he can continue to reinvent himself. When he was an Alderman, he was a Democrat, and he was a Tea Party guy when in the BoCC. I predict a run as an independent when he goes for Mayor. He will do whatever he thinks will make him powerful.


duffy5x

He is exactly who he ALWAYS been.

richardlyons

Delusional and then some.

KellyAlzan

People never change. I could elaborate. But, trust me, people don’t change.

llrowse

When people try, they can change. For example, if you tried, you could let go of your animosity toward Blaine

Tigerzord

[lol][lol][lol] First of all how can you tell if someone has changed in just a few encounters? But more to the point, if he has truly changed then he would know better than to step back into politics.

hayduke2

Absolutely agree tiger. Those behaviors are very entrenched.

Tigerzord

Why on earth would he want to put himself and his family through this again? Delusions of grandeur- reminds me of someone else in the political world.

threecents

Chris Christie?

mikec

I bet O'Conner hopes he runs.

richardlyons

[lol]

Samanthapowers

Buh laine? Ahahaha. Please embarrass yourself some more, buh.


timberman

He should run the debates and election process should make for good entertainment

girlpolitic

This picture is worth 10K words.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10217089959392586&set=a.10200538777743389&type=3&theater

FrederickFan

Does Blaine think people are so dumb to have forgot his antics? Let's remember for a moment. Developers ran wild, thousands of houses were approved, and developers literally wrote county laws. He put Citizens and Montevue up for sale, he tried to privatize everything at a higher cost to taxpayers, he raided reserve funds to support his big spending, he gave away millions to developers like the Jefferson Tech Park, and he treated county employees and citizens with disrespect and disregard. The list goes on and on and on.

richardlyons

...the black book caper (likes it rough), solicitation conviction in AA county. A better man cannot be found. He said he go and stay away. Do us all a favor and keep your promise!


Greengrass

The past is the past, your talking 20 yrs ago. I’m sure your not the same person as you were 20 are ago. Sure I didn’t agree with a lot of his choices but I look at today not the past. I believe he has the energy and mind set to clean up our City that’s what it’s really about.

KellyAlzan

People do not change.

threecents

The Anne Arundel arrest was in 2016.

richardlyons

[lol]

DickD

It wasn't even 10 years ago that he got caught in Baltimore.

FrederickFan

Blaine has proven over and over again that he only cares about himself. Ask his ex wife. Ask his former county employee fiancee. Ask all the people in New Market who are overwhelmed by all the growth he approved with no plan. Ask the taxpayers who are picking his tab for the next 20 years. This man left a path of destruction. No one should risk him ever being in a position of power again.


KellyAlzan

He can run for election for anything he wants. He won’t be elected. That, and isn’t the city predominantly blue?

LeonardKeepers

if Mr young is smart he will not run for mayor of Frederick.

DickD

Who said Blaine is smart?




Greengrass

He is extremely smart! Very educated and knows. Besides everyone is smart at what they know..

KellyAlzan

Greengrass - does ba’lane Still work at Natural Lawn? Is that how you, Greengrass, knows him??


Greengrass

You should know if he works there since you seem to know everything else about.. do you homework instead of posting everyday all day.. I think they call people like you “trollers” but what do I know..

DickD

If he was smart, he wouldn't be running for Mayor. Kirby or Billy could tell him that.

hayduke2

Blaine said it.

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