A Frederick mayoral candidate faces additional charges in an alleged July assault after an indictment issued Friday.

Steven Lee Hamrick, Jr., 35, was indicted Friday on charges of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, use of a firearm in a violent crime, illegal possession of ammunition, reckless endangerment and two counts each of possession of a firearm with a felony conviction, illegal possession of a regulated firearm, disqualified possession of a shotgun or rifle and possession of rifle or shotgun with a felony conviction.

An initial appearance is scheduled for Nov. 12 in Frederick County Circuit Court — 10 days after the election. He faces Democratic incumbent Michael O’Connor. Former mayor Jennifer Dougherty, who lost the Democratic primary, has also announced a write-in campaign.

Police say Hamrick pointed a gun at a group of people after an argument at his apartment complex on July 31, according to court documents.

Contacted Friday, Hamrick said via email that he’d just learned of the indictment, and that “it’s all false the only reason they are trying to come after me 3 months later is because I’m running for mayor and everybody knows this.”

Hamrick was also convicted in a 2016 domestic violence case in which, according to charging documents, he assaulted and choked his then-girlfriend during an argument at their apartment.

Hamrick entered an Alford plea to a charge of second-degree assault in June 2016 and was sentenced to 18 months with all but 27 days of time already served suspended, according to the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office. He was put on two years of supervised probation and required to complete anger management classes and to have no further contact with the victim in the case.

An Alford plea is one in which a defendant “accepts all the ramifications of a guilty verdict (i.e. punishment) without first attesting to having committed the crime,” according to the Legal Information Institute at the Cornell University Law School.

Elections board considers posting more candidate information

Earlier this week, a board that oversees Frederick’s elections said it will consider posting more information about candidates who file to run for office in future elections. The discussion came after questions about Hamrick’s use of an alternate spelling of his last name on this year’s ballot.

In a letter sent Tuesday, the city’s Board of Supervisors of Elections said it would consider posting paperwork filed by candidates requesting to run under a name other than their legal name.

In April, Hamrick, who won the September Republican mayor primary, filed to run under the name Steven Hammrick on this year’s ballot. He later told the News-Post that he chose to run under that name because he no longer associates with his family.

Responding to a question from a resident, the Board of Supervisors of Elections said Hamrick’s use of an alternate name is allowed under the city’s code and that he met all the criteria to run.

“While we have determined all procedures were followed and Mr. Hamrick meets the requirements to run for the office of Mayor, the Board nevertheless appreciates the public concern surrounding this issue and will study the procedures concerning Affidavits of Alternate Name and consider posting them in future elections in order to provide increased transparency,” Board President Marc Mitchell wrote.

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Ryan Marshall is the transportation and growth and development reporter for the News-Post. He can be reached at rmarshall@newspost.com.

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He's a wonderful human. I'd like to see his vote totals of people who vote R regardless. Said as a Lincoln Project small r Republican.


I was beginning to think that no Republiban criminals would be held accountable for their crimes.


Well he has to be found guilty in court first.

If he gets judge rolle, rolle is a Republican, he’ll let the suspect free.

But really, what kind of defense could this fool possible have?

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👍 Mrs M

Guy T. Ashton

“it’s all false the only reason they are trying to come after me 3 months later is because I’m running for mayor and everybody knows this.” Love that quote. Paranoia, denial, defiance, and arrogance all wrapped up nicely in one little sentence.


Yep. Sound like a gun toating felon who beats up on women, with ammo packs and shotguns all throughout his apartment.

I am guessing a minimum of five years in state pen, with none suspended, even with a plea deal. Repeat offender deserves more time.


“....3 months later....”

As if that’s way too long. What a piece of work


Jennifer is going to be elected again. Watch.

That's the plan.......


Highly possibly. If independents are paying attention and wondering why the O'connor admin and Board of Elections isn't concerned with the voter deception and the lack of due diligence regarding Mr. Hamrick's campaign. If Wilson voters are still pissed off enough at Michael for the "scandal". And, if Republican voters don't undervote and go with the more fiscally responsible choice.

Writing in Jennifer Dougherty for Mayor is the best option.


Gonna need a creative person to come up with a jingle on how to spell her name for her radio ads


Dougherty a mess first time around. We Fredneckians deserve our fate. My God, we have Cox, this name changer, Dougherty and O'Connor. Like choosing your own lesser of the poisons.


I love when you mansplain stuff….[love][love][love]


Happy is a-ok in my book :)


Thanks, Plumbum. I appreciate the support.




Anyone wanna bet an over/under on how many votes he gets in the November election? 1,000? 2,000?

Local Repubs would vote for a long snouted space alien named Alf on the ballot, as long as the name had an "R" next to it. Look at Cox, whose constituents have been blackmailed and ignored at the state level in Annapolis. They will vote for him, although he spends a lot of time in PA and running around the state on a Quixote-type governor's campaign.


First Cox. Now this nutjob.

The Frederick County, MD Republican Party is a joke. A disaster. Sickening. Repugnant.

God help the 100s of local Republicans who voted for this criminal in the primary. What a bunch of sheep.

Frederick, MD Republican headquarters is a comedy factory. How can anyone hand out flyers, yard signs and bumper stickers for this guy and sleep at night...and look themselves in the mirror the next morning???


It's soul crushing when you realize your party isn't your party anymore(I realized that YEARS AGO)...I sense a tad of despair in you, this is a good place to come and vent we all understand. But take a deep breath and relax you know what you need to do so do it....make sure you can look yourself in the mirror the next day.


Polite, what are you talking about???

Happy, what are you talking about??? Hey what did you do in the military..? Remember you aren't in the military any more but a civilian so you don't need to order people around anymore...but if your family is okay with your authorism who am I to judge right? Just maybe tone it down to a 2.....

Authoritarianism...my bad


Polite, I am worried about you. You taking your meds as prescribed?


I am worried about your children. Are you sparing the rod with your children? I know you think you turned out better than the best but.....you didn't...because the rod wasn't spared in your house...you said so yourself.


Polite, this Hamrick nutjob goes by two names.

You go by four, and switched out Purple Pickles with P.P. recently.

Just based on this observation, I should be twice as worried about you as Hamrick.

Are you OK? How did children and the rod and the military seep into this comments section???


I was just checking on your children? So you don't have a family and you weren't in the military....okay I guess I must have misunderstood your previous comments...I guess I should go back reread them huh? So you are single then......you dating anyone special ? What's the matter you propose and she said no? ..sorry? I mean I can tell you are having a bad day...I was just trying to help but you took it totally the wrong way.....

Also I don't understand what you didn't understand about my comment? I was just mirroring your comment back to you? You know how you have to look in your own mirror so make sure you like what you see...isn't that what you were saying?

You like Eminem aka Marshall Bruce Mathers III aka Slim Shady? I do......

Eminem - River ft. Ed Sheeran (Official Video)


I think this mirrors you? Let me know if I am looking in your mirror? .......


Polite, you simply crack me up. How did a discussion about Hamrick turn into all your posts???

You remind me of throwing spaghetti at a wall or shooting buckshot with all your scattershot commenting. I must admit I never know what is coming next!


Eminem did open a place called Mom’s Spaghetti 🍝 I never realized you were an Eminem fan like me? 😎


Polite, I like Eminem and Limp Bizkit. And Aaron Lewis is fly!


How about Katy Perry?

Katy Perry - Roar (Official)


this one of my top ten...


Odd that the FNP seems very shy about disclosing that this is the REPUBLICAN candidate, blessed by the REPUBLICAN party. You have to read many many paragraphs down for a quick mention of that fact.

Does Trump support this guy? That’s really all Frederick REPUBLICANS need to know.


“In April, Hamrick, who won the September Republican mayor primary…”


Yep. 100s of local Repubs voted for him in the primary to represent them...


Dwass - that’s in paragraph 11. Pretty far down to hide something, don’t you think?


Actually, I don’t even need to know what Trump thinks of this guy or this guy thinks of Trump.

Me either...it's irrelevant.


Well if he wants a Trump endorsement, he has at least a few boxes checked.


Right in the "when you're a star, they let you do it" mold.


Regardless of what party this guy represents, this guy seems like a hothead and those like him who should never hold a position in government making decisions for the public at large.


Interesting that liberal comments bash the GOP and, of course, this is Trump's fault, while their golden boy is killing this country.

That said, do I think this guy should be mayor...absolutely not. However, I find it quite convenient for the incumbent that this hit the front page just after the primary. That's the way it goes in Frederick.


Well…this is when it happened 🤷🏻‍♀️


Killing the country?

Economy is improving every day. Demands for gas fuel products and supplies are ripe again.


He stands a good chance of making Mayor. Mayor of FCADC.

No, seriously, he can win. Look at Who we have as sheriff and look at who was our president

Greg F

GOP candidates all come from a dung heap.


Ummm...no. What was this guy, and his party, thinking? Possession of a firearm by an excluded person? Can't be mayor from prison.


Well, hundreds of Repubs voted for him in the primary to represent them...


In tribute to Trumpian style

Hamrick tries the old standard, denial

but if your solution's

to scream, "Persecution!"

don't ever plead Alford at trial.


The Hamrick story is strange but nothing new. I've been around long enough to remember when Thomas Clay ran against incumbent Mayor Jim Grimes in 2001. Use the FNP Search with 'thomas clay mayoral candidate 2001'. Sadly, it didn't end well.


I'm sure this has been asked and answered already, but any chance the persons in the engagement party (who he pointed the gun at) were persons of color? Because that would be a whole new chapter in this saga.

Now that is a thought I had not wanted to think...but were they POC? Sends your thinking into a entirely different direction doesn't it, to think that O'Connor knew about Hammrick and did nothing(I bet O'Connor knows if the people were POC)...Neither one have any ethics or morals so...Hey I got my ballot yesterday and will be mailing it back on Monday with Jennifer Dougherty written in(excited am I) and I haven't decided who I am voting for Alderman yet? I don't want to vote for any of the Democrats....Oh yeah I have to remember I am voting for the less evil ones...MacShane NO WAY...Nash no way...neither one of them have ethics and morals...at least to me they don't. Now as far as the Republican candidates going to have to do some Goggling on them, since the FNP coverage has been lacking.


Polite, you are moving out of the circled wagons here. Stay on point here and with us.


Obtuse and disingenuous much? You and gabe have to at least be brothers?


He should be removed from the ballot for perjury. The republican party should be allowed at select a candidate to represent them on the ballot.


This is the best they have locally, AOC. The Repubs around here reached into the bottom of the barrel and out he came.


Sounds like there are plenty of eye witnesses. If found guilty he will be in violation of his probation, and back to jail he goes.

Kinda hard to pay apartment rent from jail


Dude already has one felony conviction. Maybe he just wants to sandwich a mayoral position between two prison stints?


No doubt


He has no chance at mayor, but this could help him get the GOP nomination for president if Trump doesn't run, as their journey to the bottom of the barrel continues.




Good one, three!


He does have hundreds of Repubs supporters locally...


How convenient for Michael. Hey board, I think there's still a whole lot of unanswered questions here.


Nobody ever heard of this guy before he was indicted. I think only the candidates and their moms voted in the city's Republican primaries, so there was never a doubt that whoever won the Democratic primary would win in the general election. That goes for the Alderman candidates as well - which maybe why Katie Nash ran as a Democrat.


What do you know about Katie Nash that makes you question whether she is a Democrat or not?


She was Republican. https://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/politics_and_government/meet-the-candidate-katie-nash/article_829f5722-ebee-5a82-be31-006ba2a7abd8.html

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