Sen. Ron Young

Sen. Ron Young addresses supporters at a legislative breakfast Friday morning at Ceresville Mansion on Liberty Road.

Sen. Ron Young kicked off his re-election campaign Friday, announcing that he would continue to push for tuition assistance, keeping corporate taxes in Maryland and tax benefits for seniors.

Young (D-District 3) held a legislative breakfast Friday at Ceresville Mansion outside of Frederick to raise funds for his campaign and highlight his agenda for the upcoming General Assembly session.

The two-term incumbent said he planned to keep working to pass several items that didn’t make it through the last session, including a bill that would waive tuition for qualified students enrolled in vocational training, apprenticeships and community college.

To fund that effort, Young said he will propose a companion bill designed to keep corporate taxes from national chains in Maryland. Legislative analysis found that his proposal would generate $50 million in state taxes annually, according to Young.

Young said he’d also push a bill designed to keep seniors in Maryland. It would expand the definition of a retirement plan to include individual accounts and increase the maximum exemption amount from $33,000 to $75,000 over five years.

Other items included expanding slot machines to fraternal organizations such as the Elks Lodge. Proceeds would partially benefit homeless veterans programs. Another resolution would push for more women to be on corporate boards. Young also said he will propose updating the state’s film tax credit to provide funding specifically for Maryland’s independent filmmakers.

Young said that, if elected, this would be his last term as senator.

When asked what he considered his biggest accomplishment of the last session, he said it was helping to secure funding for the city of Frederick’s downtown hotel and conference center.

The 2016 and 2017 capital budgets included $16 million for the center in each year, but the city has yet to request the release of the grant funding from the Maryland Board of Public Works.

His biggest regrets, Young said, were not yet being able to pass the items he plans to take up again this year, including his tuition waiver plan.

Frederick County has two representatives in the state Senate. They serve four-year terms and currently earn $50,330 annually.

As of Friday, Republican Craig Giangrande was the only contender filed to run for the District 3 seat, according to the State Board of Elections. Frederick County Councilman Billy Shreve (R) has announced that he will run for the office, but has not formally filed to be listed on the ballot.

Sen. Michael Hough (R-District 4) is seeking re-election to his Senate post.

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

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(12) comments

jsklinelga

From alderman, to Mayor, to State position, to Senator, Mr.Young has served his community and produced many positive projects and changes. But it is hard to imagine, in this current environment, that he could run a campaign unscathed and undamaged from his well known escapades. I disagree with many of his positions but I would still vote for him. Men like Ron Young, throughout the country, are going to suffer for past, private, actions this year and that is the country's loss.

CDReid

About all I can say is that my childhood home has now been polluted with the presence of Ron Young. That sucks!

petersamuel

It’s sad that Senator Young lists $16m of state funds for the perennial downtown hotel boondoggle as his “biggest accomplishment.” The senator knew he’d be beaten following regular budgetary procedures in the general assembly so to get these funds he did backdoor deals with the leadership. Which typifies this sleazy project from the beginning. Mark Gaver the first chairman of the City’s Hotel Advisory Committee (HAC) recently indicted for $50m fraud set the pattern of this sleazy scheming way back in 2009/2010. Behind closed doors City officials and crony business people conspired to conduct a shameful procurement of a City-sponsored developer. They had the winning proposal in hand late 2013 before the request for proposals was even written. The HAC cabal ignored the City consultant’s proposed two-stage procurement that could have produced a whole bunch of developer proposals. They knew who they wanted to partake of $30 million of state, county and city taxpayer-$s and a real competitive procurement would have got in the way. Also: why is Senator Young so concerned to provide state subsidies for an ‘upper-upscale hotel’? Aren’t there higher priorities for the senator than underwriting $200/night digs downtown? This ‘accomplishment’ is rotten to the core. P Samuel

DickD

Ron Young makes a Republican feasible!

huskycats

About that tie - I believe it's the colors of the Maryland state flag. "Now, isn't that special?"

elymus43

Hopefully the voters will not make the same mistake again in the next election....

CDReid

Hopefully. [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]

Jane and Ed

"When asked what he considered his biggest accomplishment of the last session, he said it was helping to secure funding for the city of Frederick’s downtown hotel and conference center."

He says he is proudest of bypassing the Legislative committees, working behind closed doors to slip Millions onto the capital budget! Millions which were never released by the BPW. A foretelling of his plans to do the same this session?
Just to be clear, to help Senator Young with this the City and County paid Greenwill Lobbyists with our tax dollars to circumvent the committees and eliminate public process. An end run around those who will foot the bill for this boondoggle and who will be on the hook if/when it fails.
And he will work to get SLOTS for the Eagles club? Right next to that Hotel. Who didn't see this coming?

Dwasserba

Love the tie.

Frayou

I’m still waiting to see whether the Carrol Creek flood project works. Not that I want to see the effects of another hurricane Agnes. Considering all the development along and near the flood plane, including next to the downtown Carroll Creek to include the proposed conference center and hotel. But people won’t remember Young was involved as city mayor st the time.

KellyAlzan

Voters need to be reminded of how Ron young *snuck* the funding for the proposed hotel into a bill bundled with other money. We really need to make this known at every opportunity.

Ron Young also was in cahoots with the Nexus Homes scandal.

Ron Young was also in cahoots with with man from Middletown who was recently arrested by the feds for embezzlement.

Thewheelone

Ron Young did not even reply to an email I wrote him regarding my opposition to tax money going to the downtown hotel (which by the way I think is a great idea, but with private money). He lost my vote.

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