Mayor Randy McClement and Alderwoman Karen Young each clinched their party’s nomination Tuesday and will move on to the Nov. 5 general election, according to unofficial election results.
In the Republican race, McClement defeated Alderwoman Shelley Aloi and former Mayor Jeff Holtzinger. He brought in 49 percent of the total with 808 votes; Aloi had 32 percent with 534 votes; and Holtzinger had 19 percent with 317 votes.
In the Democratic race, Alderwoman Karen Young defeated Delegate Galen Clagett and newcomer Carol Hirsch. Young brought in 50 percent of the total with 1,168 votes; Clagett had 40 percent with 925 votes; and Hirsch had 10 percent with 237 votes.
Results are unofficial because absentee ballots have not been counted; they will be counted at 10 a.m. Thursday. By the time the polls closed, 148 Democratic and 94 Republican absentee ballots had been filed, and some were still outstanding.
Young and McClement will be on the ballot with former Mayor Jennifer Dougherty in the general election. Dougherty is running as an unaffiliated candidate.
Reached by phone before the results were announced, Dougherty said she did not care who she faced.
“Each candidate has strengths and weaknesses that I match up against well,” she said.
McClement celebrated with friends at Brewer’s Alley, where his acceptance speech was simply: “There’s pizza!”
“I appreciate the vote of confidence given to me by the city of Frederick,” McClement said later. “I will work hard to continue to earn their trust.”
When asked how he feels about Young’s Democratic nomination, McClement said he was not running against anyone, but rather for Frederick residents.
“This is Randy McClement. ... If you like it, vote for me,” he said.
McClement, 56, has served as mayor for four years. Before that, he owned a bagel shop downtown and served on various committees and clubs around town.
Aloi said the results of the election show that “the majority of the population voted no on Randy.”
“I think that there is a real cry for a change in leadership,” she said.
Even though she didn’t come out on top, Aloi said she is pleased with the race she ran.
“We were running for 10 weeks, and the mayor has been running for four years,” she said.
Reached by phone Tuesday, Holtzinger that he thinks the outcome shows that people are happy with the way things are going.
Although he campaigned the best he could, it wasn’t enough, he said.
“Congratulations to Randy, and I wish him the best of luck,” he said.
Holtzinger, 49, was Frederick’s mayor from 2005 to 2009. He has lived in the county his entire life and has served on various organization and government boards.
Reached by phone Tuesday, Young said she was pleased and was looking forward to the general election.
“I’m absolutely delighted, obviously,” she said.
Young said she hopes to repeat what she did in the primary in the general election.
“I look forward to another good race,” she said.
Young’s husband is former mayor and current state Sen. Ron Young, whose son is County Commissioners President Blaine Young.
Karen Young has also done much volunteering in the city, after moving here 17 years ago.
Clagett did not return calls for comment Tuesday night.
Clagett, 71, has lived in the city for 35 years and has served residents in Frederick County’s District 3A as a delegate since 2003. Before that, he was president of the county commissioners for eight years and volunteered for several local nonprofits.
Hirsch, 49, is the only newcomer to the race. After living in the city for 15 years, Hirsch, who is deaf, said she wanted to get involved. If she had been elected, Hirsch said she wanted to help the environment. She had not been involved in any civic organizations before running.
Hirsch did not respond to an email for comment Tuesday.
About 14.85 percent of registered voters came out to the polls Tuesday, or 4,082 of about 27,485 registered Democratic or Republican voters.
Unaffiliated voters and voters identifying themselves with other parties are not able to vote until the Nov. 5 general election.
Dougherty, 52, is the first person in Frederick to run for mayor as an unaffiliated candidate.
She has lived in the city for 26 years and was Frederick’s mayor from 2001 to 2005.
Dougherty was previously elected as a Democrat and thinks she will get votes from all areas of the political spectrum.
“When I was elected last time, I had a pretty strong crossover vote,” she said. “As a business person, I appeal to Democrats, Republicans and independents who are tired of being left out of the conversation.”
Dougherty does not think she will steal votes from one party or another, she said — she will earn them.
She is excited about the general election, and talking about the issues facing Frederick.
“It’s not about the (political) parties,” she said, “it’s about what is best for the city.”
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