Mayor Randy McClement will lead Frederick for four more years.

In the city’s general election Tuesday, residents chose McClement, a Republican, over his two challengers, Democratic Alderwoman Karen Young and former Mayor Jennifer Dougherty, who ran as an unaffiliated candidate, according to unofficial city results.

McClement received nearly half the votes, with 3,714 votes, or 48.75 percent; Young received 2,407 votes, or 31.59 percent; Dougherty received 1,480 votes, or 19.43 percent.

Of the city’s 35,498 registered voters, 7,648 residents cast a ballot Tuesday, for a turnout of about 21.5 percent.

At his victory party at Brewer’s Alley, McClement thanked his family and those who helped him with his campaign.

“I just want to say thank you, very, very, very much,” he said.

McClement told his supporters that he was proud of the campaign he ran and all his administration accomplished in four years.

“We can do things the right way, without a lot of hoopla, and get things done,” he said.

Throughout his campaign, McClement encouraged voters to look at his record. He told them he faced four tough budget years but still managed to maintain city services.

“The only thing I could promise is we are going to do it again for four more years,” he said.

McClement will be working with a mainly Democratic Board of Aldermen, according to unofficial results, as he did his first four years.

The mayor and aldermen will take office Dec. 12, according to Saundra Nickols, city attorney.

Results are unofficial until the city tallies absentee ballots Thursday.

The city had given out 834 absentee ballots as of 2 p.m. Monday, according to Stuart Harvey, Frederick County election director. Of those, 399 had been returned by that time Monday, Harvey said.

Residents could request and turn in ballots in person at City Hall until polls closed Tuesday.

McClement’s wife, Maryjane McClement, said that she was confident her husband would win.

He didn’t let the campaign get to him, she said. “I’m proud of him.”

State Sen. David Brinkley, who was at McClement’s celebration Tuesday, said he was ecstatic for the re-elected mayor.

“He has done a great job,” Brinkley said.

Brinkley said McClement’s challengers ran a good race.

“They stayed on the issues, which is what everybody wants,” he said.

Young, a first-term alderwoman, said Tuesday that she was not surprised by the results.

“I was never going to be pessimistic, because you never give up,” she said.

Young said she had three things working against her — an incumbent mayor who didn’t do anything wrong; her other challenger, Dougherty; and her opponent in the primary, Delegate Galen Clagett, who worked against her. Clagett announced last week that he was supporting McClement.

Young had said she wanted to move Frederick forward, emphasizing her experience working for statewide and regional organizations and her connections across the region.

Young is married to state Sen. Ron Young, a former mayor of Frederick, who campaigned with her.

She hopes the new board will take ideas she presented in her 100-day plan and put them to good use. She said it is up to the aldermen to push items forward.

Dougherty called McClement after initial results came in and left a voice mail to congratulate him.

“The results speak for keeping the status quo,” she said, referring to McClement’s win and the wins of both incumbent aldermen, Michael O’Connor and Kelly Russell.

Dougherty served as the city’s mayor from 2002 to 2006.

She ran in the city’s 2005 and 2009 Democratic primary elections and was defeated both times.

She dropped her party designation this year to run as the city’s first unaffiliated candidate for mayor.

To get on Tuesday’s ballot, she collected signatures from more than 1,400 city voters.

Dougherty said she was surprised to get just 20 percent of the vote, as she thought people were more receptive to her message.

Throughout her campaign, she pointed out what she saw as the mistakes and missed opportunities of McClement’s administration.

McClement said he knows that the city can get through the next four years, even though he is not sure the economy will improve.

“I would love to see our economy get better,” he told his supporters. “I’m not sure that is going to happen real quick, but we know we can do this. I thank you all for your help.”

Follow Jen Bondeson on Twitter: @Jen_Bondeson.

(78) comments

dbjanda1

Watson---You need to live longer in Frederick to understand...Me

dbjanda1

Watson---Don't you find it odd that Randy had to run against two oponents in both the primary and general election ???...They would split the votes against Randy to say the least...Besides who told the republicans to sign Jennifer's petition and why ???...Then you'll know if it was unethical or illegal or both...Me

watson4sherlock

If Blaine is admitting to doing it and having to leave his show then even he knows it was unethical. But I don't see how it was illegal. They just signed her petition so she could run.

Randy was the incombent. Why would anyone from his party run against him especially since his term was mostly unevently. No suprise he won.

Even if Jennifer hadn't been in the race I don't think Karen would have won because too many people had grudges and then she finished herself off for good when she announced MOM had endorced her because the people associate MOM with tax and spend. In the end Karen doesn't really care what the people think she only cares what she thinks.

I wasn't here when Jennifer was mayor so I don't know what people think about her expect there are one or two very vocally against her.

Ultimately the people voted to keep the status quo. If nothing is wrong don't fix it and that was Randy.

So even if they plotted and schemed and thought they could pull a fast one. They fooled only themselves. The joke is on them not the voters. I hope they spent some money to make their dream come true. Lots of it. [beam]

dbjanda1

Last night on the WFMD post election show Blaine stated that republicans were told to sign Jennifer's pettion...Doesn't sound like a voluntary act but coercion to manipulate an election..
Blaine had to.leave the show right away after letting that cat outta the bag...Me

watson4sherlock

Jennifer was in before Clagett was out so they couldn't be sure who would make it through the primary.

Early on president8444 predicted Karen and Jennifer would split the vote and Randy would win. Since he's an insider I think that was probably the plan.

Even so Karen has too much baggage. I really don't think she would have won even against Randy on her own. So I'm not sure what they accomplished except thinking they got away with something that was unethical but not illegal.

jthompson

Donna K: This is Lennie. From personal experience, there are few forms of life lower than Republican robo callers. The robo call was a violation federal & Maryland laws concerning telemarketing, including the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Federal Communications Commission in the Restrictions on Telemarketing and Telephone Solicitations Rule, the Maryland Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the Maryland Consumer Protection Act. Let me know if you want to discuss further.

watson4sherlock

Paul E. Schurick, who managed the gubernatorial campaign of former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), and also work for years for top Maryland Democrats, was sentenced Thursday to 30 days home detention, 4 years probation, and 500 hours of community service for ordering a 2010 Election Day robocall that prosecutors said was intended to suppress black voter turnout.

Schurick could have received up to 12 years in prison.

See http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/maryland-politics/post/
republicans-democrats-seek-leniency-in-md-robocalls-sentencing/2012/02/16/gIQAbwTXHR_blog.html

watson4sherlock

If criminal convictions were not enough, add $1 million in civil penalties to the list of reasons Maryland politicos may think twice about ordering another election-night robo-call that could be viewed as trying to suppress voter turnout.

A federal judge on Tuesday sided with Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and ordered that a consultant to former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) should pay for each of 112,000 automated phone calls that failed to identify Ehrlich’s campaign as the one that paid for the messages.

See http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2012-05-29/local/35458743_1
_ehrlich-campaign-henson-employee-julius-henson

watson4sherlock

I didn't receive the robocall but if you did and the identity of who paid for the call was not given, I think you can use this form to file a complaint with the Maryland Attorney Generals office. A commenter mentioned the call stated not to vote for Donna K.

See https://web.oag.state.md.us/editor/customer/onlineformhelpers/
formviewer.aspx?filename=MUGeneral.htm

watson4sherlock

darththevader posted at 6:09 pm on Wed, Nov 6, 2013.

The same Lennie that conceded before his coffee was cold on election day and blamed a robo call. You got targetedd by an industry you promised to tax out of existance, not any political party. Your own words did you in.

Not condoning robocalls that put out false info. That's just dirty. The Donna K call was alao all true. It eas just a waste of time, money, and didn't matter on such a non-issue

watson4sherlock

The call say who had paid for the message?

NASCARLOVER

It's refreshing to hear that there is once again harmony in the burg.[wink]

dbjanda1

Where did all the republicans go that signed Jennifer's petition to run as an independent ???...Why didn't they stick around to vote for her in the general election ???...Could it be they manipulated the election to get Randy elected ultimately ???...Seems like it was insurance to get what they wanted...Jen was correct to run independently to show the corruption of the two party system...Me

darththevader

Signing the petition isn't saying you'll vote for them. I'll sign any oetition to get on the ballot just because I think everyone one has a right to run. Manipulation has nothing to do with it

discreetboi21705

From what i understand, she only needed 1400 signatures to get on the ballot. She received more than that.

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elphabathropp

[thumbup] johnqFrederick

richardlyons

Jennifer got her revenge on Ron for his 2005 interference.

darththevader

The only thing that surprised me was Donna K winning.

JD and Karen may have split some votes but I think some of that were people that wore people that would have voted for Randy if it were inly a two person race. Some would always vote against Karen and some would always vote against JD

watson4sherlock

Party affiliation must have done for Donna K; 4 Dems, 1 GOP.

darththevader

Following that logic Karen would be Mayor. Randy won largely on personality, not political affiliation. Donna lost on personality last time as an incumbant. She didn't switch parties and I doubt she's changed her personality. JD lost in tus my surprise

watson4sherlock

Well if Donna didn't win on charm it must have been party affiliation.

watson4sherlock

Randy won on charm not on party affiliation.

watson4sherlock

Frederick city is not the republican stronghold people might like to think it is.

watson4sherlock

Party does matter especially when you make it matter by announcing you have the endorsement of the head of state who is a democrate.

fredneckforever

Free Bagels for everyone!!!! [beam]

discreetboi21705

he sold that shop a few years back.

watson4sherlock

Last time I went by there it was closed.

discreetboi21705

because the new owners couldn't keep it open, it is still closed.

Arcticdc5

Excellent news. Keep things where they're at in Frederick. We do not need/want a Montgomery/PG county atmosphere here!

My vote actually counted yesterday [cool]

sodalite3

" Keep things where they're at in Frederick." The chant of those wishing a dead Frederick for without progress there is no hope for life.

watson4sherlock

Without progress it takes a long time for a community this size to die.

sodalite3

Not as long as you optimistically think.[sad] There are a lot of other communities growing and jobs go where growth happens and where the tax base will support the needed infrastructure.

watson4sherlock

People commute to and from their job and leave their home in the same place.

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discreetboi21705

[thumbup]

fredneckforever

Fredneck will always be second class and with low wage jobs it will also be a bedroom community where all you have time do do is sleep when you get doen commuting.

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watson4sherlock

What's wrong with a bedroom community? It's quite and you can get some sleep at night before you head back for the hustle and bustle of big city life.

Congrats Randy! And Karen, your biggest problem was your husband Ron. After voting for O'Malley's agenda - rain tax, gas tax, gun grab…the list goes on, no independents or moderate dems were going to vote for you.

Ron is next, and he knows it.

chuckasaurus

[thumbup]

girlpolitic

I wonder how soon Karen will change her last name back to Lewis. If anyone starts a pool I would like to pick January 1st.

NASCARLOVER

Congrats Randy[thumbup]

touscents

Jennifer, The only reason I did not vote for you is because you did not address the personality issues you had that made your first term uncomfortable. I just wanted to hear you say that you learned from your mistakes.

chuckasaurus

She didn't address them because she didn't learn or chnage in any way...she is still an arrogant, condesending, know-it-all.

darththevader

I thought there was a huge difference between her now vs. then

jessienjim

It would only have been a close race with Jennifer not in it if 95% percent of those that voted for her had voted for Karen Young. Look at the numbers. Randy would have won easily either way. And to those FOX Noise posters who claim this was a rejection of liberal Annapolis you also are deluded. This is local politics and no one even knows or cares where Randy stands on those larger isssues. This is only a rejection of Karen and Jennifer. And a vote for the status quo.

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discreetboi21705

4 Dem's as Aldermen, = a win for both sides.

getn_there

Congratulations Randy!

joelp77440

What's even better that Young did not win is that she is no longer alderman. Now maybe she will leave Randy alone.

discreetboi21705

What is even better is JD lost for a 3rd time. 3 strikes and you are OUT :)

squibmyer

She'll run for something again, you can count on it.

iam4usa

Added bonus!! One less Young to hear from! Wahoo!

squibmyer

[thumbup]

fredneckforever

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]

discreetboi21705

Congratulations to Randy. I for 1 am glad JD came in last. [beam]

chuckasaurus

[thumbup] Ditto

johnqFrederick

If JD didnt run, I would have voted for Randy

darththevader

Just curious why? Would your vote be for Randy or just voting against Karen?

darththevader

The same Lennie that conceded before his coffee was cold on election day and blamed a robo call. You got targetedd by an industry you promised to tax out of existance, not any political party. Your own words did you in.

Not condoning robocalls that put out false info. That's just dirty. The Donna K call was alao all true. It eas just a waste of time, money, and didn't matter on such a non-issue

rbtdt5

Good job Frederick for not re-electing Jenny. I will sleep better, I just wish I could understand why you all would vote for dona k. At least she is only one of five.

chuckasaurus

[thumbup]

discreetboi21705

[thumbup]

Ballenger Creek Golfer

Too bad JD didn't win, Frederick needs her as mayor again.

discreetboi21705

So, who did you vote for?

joelp77440

Yea, like a hole in the head.

chuckasaurus

[thumbup]

discreetboi21705

I'm curious, as a PA resident, who did you vote for? (its a legitimate question so stop deleting it)

xroads1213

Good. Now can Ms. Young take down the signs that are blocking the line-of-site at the corner of Baughmens and Rosemont before someone gets killed? Where is the traffic engineer and the code enforcement people when these things are done? Sleeping like always.

quemzeee2

Credible. I am not sure you are right,, The voters elected someone calm, stays the course and does not grand stand. They like that.
Then they elected 4 of 5 democrats to keep things moving ahead.
That translates into we like Randy personaly, but not the rebublican thinking,

iam4usa

Okay, that makes no sense at all.

touscents

Actually, that is exactly why I voted for Randy and the democratic Alderman candidates.

darththevader

Party hardly matters at this level

darththevader

I thought there was a huge difference between her now vs. then

darththevader

Artic, I'm pretty sure they counted everyone's votes yesterday

watson4sherlock

The 839 absentee ballots won't be counted until Thursday.

fishbait96

Awesome! Thank god we beat that far left liberal! This shows that there is still a majority of free thinkers and not sheep living in Frederick city! This proves that we don't want to be influenced by the corrupt liberal elite from Annapolis!

CredibleWitness

All this proves is that most voters want to be free of the fire-breathers on the left and the right. McClement attracted a lot of voters precisely because he avoids the inflamed rhetoric so often found in comments like well, yours. People are looking for quietly pragmatic politicians like McClement who can quietly get things done working with different groups with different views. Keep in mind that Jennifer sucked off nearly 20 percent of the votes, almost exactly Young's margin of loss. Without Jennifer in the race, this would have been pretty much a toss-up.

johnqFrederick

No toss up - r u kidding?! It is a rebuke of the corrupt liberal elite from 'nappolis, Karen was endorsed by MoM -- please, a liberal mind is a terrible waste -- just look at the wasted money and time with the ACA Obamacare or Solyndra

Frederick needs to keep Frederick as one of the top attractions in the State -- Western Maryland and the Eastern Shore dont need no stinkin' leftist policies!

elphabathropp

[thumbup]

doogie45

Great Job Frederick, Randy had did a great job at the helm the past 4 years now least us see what a wonderful Mayor can accomplish in another 4 years or more.

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