Two sitting aldermen and two former aldermen are among the 10 candidates who are poised to face off against one another in the city of Frederick’s general election, according to unofficial primary results.
On the Republican side, city voters Tuesday chose Philip Dacey, Katie Nash, Alan Imhoff, Dave Schmidt and Daniel Cowell to move on to compete in the city’s Nov. 5 general election, according to the preliminary totals for the primary election. The top five Democratic vote-getters were Alderwoman Kelly Russell, Alderman Michael O’Connor, Josh Bokee, Donna Kuzemchak and John Daniels, according to the preliminary numbers.
There were 1,668 ballots cast Tuesday in the Republican races, and 2,414 in the Democratic primary, the preliminary numbers showed. The totals announced shortly before 9:50 p.m. do not take into account absentee ballots. Those will be counted Thursday.
The five top vote-getters in each party’s primary will now vie for a spot on the Board of Aldermen.
A number of the candidates in the alderman race watched the results come in at Frederick City Hall, chatting and pacing the room as they kept an eye on the results screen.
Russell, who led the Democratic candidates with 1,646 votes, said she was pleased with the primary outcome.
“I’m humbled by the support,” she said.
In the GOP race, Dacey, an attorney, led the pack by receiving 1,295 votes, according to the preliminary count.
“I am extremely humbled and grateful,” Dacey said in a telephone interview. “I have to thank my family for this. The real race starts tomorrow.”
He celebrated the primary victory with family and friends at his parents’ house.
O’Connor, who earned 1,575 votes to finish just behind Russell in the Democratic primary, said the numbers show that local residents are pleased with the direction the city is headed. However, he said there is still room for growth.
Bokee, director of government affairs in the private sector, was among the top five Democratic candidates with 1,431 votes, while former alderwoman Kuzemchak accumulated 1,359, the unofficial results show. The preliminary numbers have Daniels, a retired Navy master chief, earning the fifth and final Democratic nomination with 1,278 votes.
For the Republicans, Nash garnered 1,055 votes to finish just behind Dacey. Imhoff, a former alderman, picked up 932 votes, while 914 people cast ballots for Schmidt, a business consultant. Cowell, a credit manager, received 833 votes to seize the fifth-place ranking, according to the Tuesday night numbers.
Nash said she was thrilled with her strong showing, especially given the fact that she didn’t target her campaign to Republican voters alone.
Candidates Derek Shackelford, Jack Lynch and Kevin Greene garnered the fewest votes in the Democratic contest, with 1,181, 527 and 319, respectively, according to unofficial results. Their current rankings would not have them moving on to the general election.
The Tuesday rankings also have Republicans Hayden Duke and Jill King failing to make the cut. Duke received 730 votes, and King garnered 500, according to the preliminary tally.
As of Tuesday night, there were 148 absentee ballots in the Democratic race and 94 in the Republican race still to be counted.
With $8,145, Daniels raised the most money of all Democratic aldermanic candidates before the first Aug. 8 campaign finance report deadline. The leading fundraiser on the Republican side was Dacey, whose campaign took in $10,066.22 before the first Aug. 8 deadline.
The four-year terms of the aldermen, who are paid annual salaries of $25,000, are on the same schedule, so all five seats come up every four years.
Sitting Alderwoman Carol Krimm is the only alderman who sat out of this election this year, but there are two other guaranteed new faces on the board, as alderwomen Shelley Aloi and Karen Young both gave up their seats to run for mayor.
There were a total of 27,485 registered Democratic or Republican voters for the election. Unaffiliated voters and voters identifying themselves with other parties are not able to vote until the Nov. 5 general election.
Jean Frey, who voted about an hour before the polls closed at Frederick Church of the Nazarene, said she was concerned about the “overbuilding of houses” in the city. She said she did not cast her ballot for the two incumbent aldermen.
“I want someone new,” said Frey, a 44-year resident of the city.
Local taxes and stricter law enforcement were priorities for Robert Hummel Sr. as he prepared to vote at the Church of the Nazarene. He said he supported Cowell as a candidate who believed in lower taxes and tough penalties for criminals.
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