With a resounding victory at Tuesday's ballot box, Democrat Jan Gardner has claimed the title of first Frederick County executive, according to unofficial election totals.

At the end of the night, Gardner had drawn 53.8 percent of the vote total, while her Republican rival, Blaine Young, finished with 45.85 percent. 

Gardner celebrated at Cafe 611, where disco lights flashed over a jubilant crowd that chanted her name whenever new returns rolled in and further solidified her lead. Gardner made her way to the stage shortly before 11 p.m. to accept victory, hugging crowd members as she went. During her speech, she thanked her family and others who had supported her through the campaign.

"It's the beginning of a new era, and we're in it together," said Gardner, 58, of Frederick.

Young said he always knew he would face a tough battle in the executive race and said his demeanor and past decisions hurt him.

"I was my own worst enemy," he said. "I figured that out. It's just that I figured it out too late."

Young said he congratulates Gardner and will help with the transition in county leadership in any way he can. He added that he was elected four years ago after promising that he would serve only one term.

"So the voters made sure that I kept my promise," he said.

In recent months, the county executive race turned into a fierce battle between prominent local figures, both of whom have experience on the Board of County Commissioners. Gardner's win came despite a formidable fundraising disadvantage. Young, 43, of Frederick, entered the executive race with a cash pile left over from an abandoned bid for Maryland governor and amassed more than $400,000 since then. By contrast, Gardner's campaign had taken in only about $189,000 by the time she filed her most recent campaign finance report in October.

"This proves that the citizens want to restore honesty and good government to Frederick County and that even a million dollars being spent against me didn't matter in the end. Money can't buy elections," Gardner said.

The unofficial election results show that Gardner won with 40,768 votes, and Young finished with 34,742. The final totals won't be available until election officials have tallied up provisional and absentee ballots in coming weeks. As of midday Monday, 2,874 absentee ballots had been distributed to Frederick County voters, a county election official reported.

The race for Frederick County executive marks the start of a new chapter for local government, which is transitioning from a commissioner to a charter system. As the first to hold the executive position, Gardner will help shepherd the county's changeover and flesh out the role now defined broadly by the charter.

Under the county's guiding document, the $95,000-per-year executive position comes with responsibilities like managing the county's workforce, drafting the annual budget and acting as an ambassador to state and federal leaders and to business executives eyeing the area. The county executive will also have to work closely with the seven-member council that oversees legislative decisions.

The county executive's four-year term will start Dec. 1, the date of the changeover from a commissioner-led government to a charter system.

During his campaign, Young, the sitting commissioners president, dealt with fallout from several recent decisions, such as privatizing the county's nursing and assisted living facilities and approving large housing projects. 

An informal survey conducted recently by The Frederick News-Post and Hood College suggested that Gardner's supporters ranked education and growth issues as top priorities; Gardner hammered away at Young's record in these areas by charging him with developer giveaways totaling $160 million and condemning his board for underfunding public schools. On a per-student basis, county funding has stayed the same for the past six years, which include the four budgets crafted by Young's board. 

His comment last year that school officials should "start buying Powerball tickets" to fund their budget plan also served as ammunition for Gardner, who used it in mailers and on the campaign trail. The quote, which appeared in The Gazette, was Young's response to a school budget that he deemed unrealistic, since it relied on a $15 million increase in county aid.

Young's campaign message centered more on the economy and taxes, areas of chief concern to his core voters. He has blasted Gardner for approving tax and fee increases during her time in office and for asking Annapolis lawmakers to raise commissioners' salaries. 

During the campaign, Young also tried to link Gardner to Democrats like Gov. Martin O'Malley and President Barack Obama, hoping the association with "tax-and-spend liberals" would harm her among conservative voters.

Stephanie Cacopardo, of New Market, said she cast her vote for Gardner in hopes of curtailing the spread of new development. The agricultural property she bought more than a decade ago as a refuge is turning into an island surrounded by high-density development, such as the Casey project approved during Young's administration.

"It's never quiet now. Never, ever," she said, explaining that noisy cars are constantly traveling down local roads.

While Gardner might be able to slow development, Cacopardo doubted she can do much to avert growth that has already been approved. Cacopardo said she's looking to sell her property and move to West Virginia.

However, other local residents were more accepting of growth.

Cathy Hinkston, of New Market, said development in their area bothered her for a while, but now, she and her husband hope it will increase their home value. She and her husband are nearing retirement age, and higher property values will help them relocate, she said.

Hinkston said she voted for Young so that new development in the county will not stall.

Follow Bethany Rodgers on Twitter: @BethRodgersFNP.

Preliminary election results Tuesday showed that more than 51 percent of Frederick County's eligible voters weighed in for the gubernatorial race, a lower turnout than experienced four years ago.

The totals released Tuesday night indicated that 77,505 of 150,895 eligible voters have participated in the election. These numbers do not include absentee or provisional ballots, which will be tallied in the next couple of weeks.

About 55 percent of Frederick County's eligible voters participated in the 2010 general election. Not including absentee or provisional ballots, the turnout was about 53 percent.

(99) comments

KellyAlzan

I think The Ba'lane is the only republican in the country who lost yesterday!!!

Oscarpot14

Well by gosh be dazzled by golly. "I'm my own worst enemy" got it served back in spades. When the totals are all wrung out-what will the total cost per vote be for the winner and the ( drum roll please).... L-O-S-E-R be? Arrogance and disrespect came with a price. Doubt he will ever learn. Those with such an ego who think NOTHING of steam rolling the indigent or anyone who may be of an opinion differing from his own has NO PLACE "serving" in a public capacity. And by the way-that cute high mounted sign on Rt. 15 south at Fitzgerald Automotives' back lot was a real eye roller-"Look at me I'm perched higher than all of you "other" candidates!" Total lack of decorum-a humble candidate would not have been so blatant. Bling Bling Baby !

KellyAlzan

wanna know the reality about that sign? It was so high, that you couldn't see it. All the other signs overpowered the towering sign! To see the towering sign, you'd have to look to the right and then look up, and that's not easy to do while driving at 55 mph.

fourstoogesandthatotherguy_the

Ding, dong, Moe got beat. And by a liberal female. How embarrassing, ain't that right Moe?

FrederickTwinMom

Happy to see corrupt Blaine Young go!! He got himself fired by his actions in the Monrovia and surrounding areas. Jan, please don't let us down with huge tax increases.

Extra Ignored

Gee what happened to the deficits during the Blaine Young BOCC were they paid with fleet fund money.

Projected Deficits for FY2014 and FY2015. The County Finance office projects an $8.2 million deficit in FY2014 and a $16.5 million deficit in FY2015. Since an $8 million deficit is projected for FY2014, therefore we should hold on to the $6.7 million proposed rebate and use it to reduce the projected deficit.

https://frederickcountymd.gov/documents/13/1027/7%20-%20county%20commisioenr%20Smith_201206210738408114.pdf

Bj3315

Does it not rain where the upper class live? I didn't know mother nature discriminated against the wealthy. If I'm not mistaken it was your Dem Gov. who brought on the rain tax. Pull your heads out of your ...

Extra Ignored

The Maryland Legislature created a stormwater fee.

There is no such thing as a rain tax.

Bj3315

I wonder what would happen if I went to my boss right now and told her that I was only capable of putting out 50% effort unless I was givin a raise? Oh wait I work in the private sector I'm sure she would tell me to hit the road.

Bj3315

Yes, let's not forget what Blaine did. Taking a county that was over 20 million in the hole which was left by your now county executive and within 1 year giving the county a surplus of over 30 million all the while lowering countless taxes. Hooray Jan won, I wonder how much less my paycheck will be next week. Well at least the teachers will be making more. God knows they can't be successful educators unless they make more money!!!

Extra Ignored

The county council controls taxes; 5 of 7 members are Republicans.

Why don't you learn how government works instead of assuming.

fourstoogesandthatotherguy_the

Yes, bj3315, let's not forget that Moe did the dirty with a subordinate county employee and, while bullying a youth basketball official, called him a c***su**er.

doreenmcgill

Congratulations and Very Best Wishes to our First County Executive, Jan Gardner!

DickD

Blaine seems to think his loss was totally due to his demeanor. He takes no responsibility for his actions and does not see them as the main cause of his defeat. He should look at his father and take a lesson from him.

Yes, Blaine will run again. Will we forget what he did in the last four years to Frederick County, like we seem to have forgotten about his black book episode with the Madame?

Dwasserba

Very gracious, Blaine.

Extra Ignored

What Blaine did a robo call and told everyone to vote for Jan.

richardlyons

Congratulations Jan!

FrederickVeteran

The BPOTUS will announce amnesty for 22 million illegals this afternoon.

Extra Ignored

In exchange do they promise to pickup all the campaign signs in Frederick County before the first winter blizzard hits.

elymus43

Don't forget 2 members of the present BOCC and Bud Otis were elected to the new council. Will they work with Jan.????????

Extra Ignored

They won't have to. Five of seven gives them a majority to overturn a veto.

DickD

I doubt Shreve will, Otis sounds willing - we will see. I do hope he will.

FrederickVeteran

Betchel isn't the only multinational corporation that's left Frederick County in the past 4 years and it's more than likely now that Frederick Countys largest employer Ft. Detrick will be closing or reducing in size in 16 or 17 because no incentive exists for a GOP Congress to keep open a military base represented by 2 democratic representatives.

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BstD59

But it was ok for Blaine Young to have a government job?

bannieru

Bechtel Corporate brings in people from outside the area and other counties to run the Frederick office, not that many are local Frederick citizens. And I am not basing the unemployment rate on seasonal. You apparently have not looked at the Maryland Government ratings, there not controlled by local government but by state.

Extra Ignored

Even commuters eat lunch, shop, and buy gas.

The unemployment rate will go up because government spending will decrease not because Jan is county executive.

Where does the green Maryland is dependent on come from; certainly not oil production from thousands of wells like in Texas.

KellyAlzan

I think the large sum contributions from the developers played a big role in the Ba'Lane winning jan the election. I believe that the large sum contributions stirred a sense of non-trust in The Ba'Lane. Had each of his developer buddies only donated the max allowed and not used multiple LLC's - Ba'Lane would have had about another 4-5% votes. This should be a lesson to anyone in politics or thinking about going into politics.

I have always said that the Night at FCC when The Ba'Lane said he would move forward with the nursing home sale to Aurora - that was his death bed in politics. Selling the nursing homes is one thing. But selling for less than fair market value And BLAINEntly selling to Aurora and not allowing a fair bid opportunity to other prospective buyers is unethical and not in the best interest of the county's finance. It was not judicial responsibility. Had The Ba'Lane not handled the nursing home sale as he did - he would have won the county executive seat.

Yeah, Monrovia was a big thing. I'm not happy with the Monrovia scandal. But people in Myersville And ladiesburg don't care about Monrovia. The Monrovia scandal did not cost The Ba'Lane votes countywide.


bpsws

plus the Monrovia dispute is made by how many Frederick Co natives? I'd be willing to bet the large majority moved here from other counties, like MC.

Extra Ignored

That's why Chuck Jenkins has deputies out on I-70 watching for traffic violations by people with out-of-state license plates so they can keep out the foreigners.

Only foreigners object to development never the natives, just keep out the foreigners and let the county bred to fill these new sprawling acres.

Seriously, did FNP quit requiring a membership so you have all come back to comment.

FrederickFan

I think the voters were trying to say they didn't want Blaine Young's chief sign thug being given a job at the County running an important Division. Although solid waste might have been a good fit.

bannieru

The abandon warehouse your speaking of is owned by Walmart and will be part if new business and job availability in the area. Hum what does that said, oh interprisng, expansion, more jobs for locals citizens. Plus it's not completely empty and wasn't abandoned.

Luke Cage

Good to see you paid attention in Language Arts class.

Extra Ignored

The jobs from the current Walmart on Monocacy Boulevard will be transferred across the road.

Customers will check out on their smart phones and there will be no new slightly above minimum wage paying jobs by adding a third Walmart.

Meanwhile 1100 Bechtel jobs are heading south making it unlikely 7000 jobs will be coming to the area to justify the millions spent on the Jefferson Technology Park.

Extra Ignored

Hopefully Blaine will report the full true value of renting this unabandoned warehouse on his campaign finance report.

Extra Ignored

Still waiting for Blaine Young's congratulatory speech for a great game like the good sport he has proven himself to be. Is how to loose gracefully one of the skills taught in the Emerging Leaders MBA.

FrederickFan

This morning on WFMD, a hung over Blaine Young declared his lame duck board will continue to approve bad residential development against the will of the people.

Young got crushed in the polls on a night Republicans all across our country and our state could not lose, and he is still betraying the taxpayers.

Extra Ignored

Should Blaine be drinking while taking medication for ADHD. I think not.

bannieru

According to Maryland Government the unemployment rate in Frederick County went down, 2010 it was 6.6 - 2013 it fell to 5.7. Lets all see how high it goes by the end of her term. And remember the position she hold pays $95,000. How much of a raise will she give herself this time?

BstD59

Your ignorance is showing. What part of Jan never voted to give herself a raise do you not understand?

Extra Ignored

Considering Blaine Young has guaranteed 1100 Bechtel jobs will be leaving Frederick County January 1, 2015, that job loss won't be Jan's fault.

Retailers predictably hire temps for the Christmas season year after year so the job lose after the Christmas season won't be Jan's fault either.

Based in truth but ignore the details is the conservative way. So when does Blaine Young get his old job back at WFMD misrepresenting facts.

FrederickFan

Apparently you bought the Young Kool Aid.

Young lied about Ms. Gardner giving herself a raise.

It turns out that Commissioners aren't allowed to give themselves a raise by State Law. The Maryland State General Assembly must approve it first.

And if they do approve a raise, it only take effect for the next Board, which must get elected again to qualify.

Extra Ignored

Well Blaine Young only accepted the raise under protest. Then he bought his own postage stamps and office supplies from his campaign fund with funds donated by the tax payers.

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Extra Ignored

The campaign finance report says he paid $10,000 for this motor vehicle and the campaign even paid to have it VEP tested.

BstD59

Oh what a beautiful morning! I couldn't even comprehend another 4 years under Young's dictatorship and now I don't have to!

I am confident that Jan will return Frederick politics to honesty, transparency, and civility. I'm also confident that she will go out of her way to make sure that the entire Council is treated with respect, regardless of past histories.

This is a new day, and I think it bring glad tidings, even to those who opposed Jan. Given the chance I believe you will come to see her as the best choice and be glad that she won.

Tigerzord

My thoughts exactly - "Oh what a beautiful morning" - I feel like the angst has been lifted off my chest. I can breath[smile]

ChesapeakeDeadrise

Whoa Who! Can't wait for the tax increases from this tax and spend Dem!

Extra Ignored

Unlike the Blaine Young BOCC that adopted the highest budget on record with the fewest number of county employees.

public-redux

The county council would be the body voting for tax increases. All the county exec can do is sign or veto.

DickD

Agreed, but they are not 100% Blaine gang. Otis sounds like he is willing to work with Jan, we will see.

bpsws

I hope you are wrong. The Hogan victory is a clear statement that MD'ers are done with any additional taxes.

Extra Ignored

That's what people thought wen they elected George H. W. Bush then he raised taxes without increasing the withholding. Only year I ever had to pay in at tax time.

Extra Ignored

You'd rather fund motor vehicle registrations from income, property, and sales taxes.

bannieru

It doesn't say much for the new county executive to be celebrating in a bar downtown that has repeatedly been know for trouble and multiple police calls. 611 has been nothing but trouble since it was cocnut alley. If this is a look at frederick county future, we're all in for it.

Extra Ignored

Meanwhile Blaine Young had is victory party in an abandoned warehouse. Didn't you go.

DickD

Jan has held rallies and gone to Jo Jo's afterwards too. It is her policy to include everyone. Not Blaine's policy.

Extra Ignored

How long will it take Blaine Young to take down his signs that litter the county.

I'll be especially happy to see the Deputies for Blaine Young signs go.

BstD59

I believe Maryland state law says political signs must be removed within 15 days following an election. Will Young obey the law and remove his signs in this time frame? I doubt it. If he doesn't I think SHA will remove them, but not sure if Young would be charged for this service or not. If not, perhaps the law needs to be changed.

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Why would a state agency remove signs along county and city roads. SHA won't even mow out along Monocacy Boulevard.

Tigerzord

what about Shreve's signs that are dotted in threes all over the county.... will they get all of them?

ccf84

Guess my property taxes will be going back up again!!! Will have to provide for all those "less fortunate".

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Most likely seniors making less than $90,000 per year who need property tax subsidy because the county council has a Republican majority.

bukweet

you are correct - under a republican governor, taxes will hike on the middle class & be reduced for the 1percenters like hogan

but hogan will have to get it all through a democratic state house

AnotherFineMess

Just like Halloween, threatened with trickery and promised a treat all politicians put on their best honesty and integrity disguise to get your vote.

I did not vote FOR anyone in this election, I voted against the worst of the worst.

Blain was clearly the worst! BUT I find that most politicians are thoroughly repugnant!

Sallyforth

[thumbup]

specialk

Bye Bye BY. Don't let the door hit you on the way out. Maybe some integrity and honesty can come back into our county government. I'm sure he'll do fine with his cab driving and his radio babble show. Wouldn't be surprised if he's back in 2018.

Tigerzord

No way are we going to let that happen[angry]

BstD59

Driving a cab and babbling nonsense on the radio is about all he's good for.

WalkersvilleBen

Just wait.

public-redux

You forgot something: [smile]

BstD59

I'll be happy to add it just for Mary.

Just wait. [smile]

MCEDDE21

After being trounced in the election, it looks like Blain (as his campaign literature calls him) will hope to make a comeback in the radio biz. Of course, it won't be so easy to find sponsors, anymore. [beam]

armillary

Blaine thought that Adam was fine
was hired to smear and malign
and today I presume
they both will resume
removing remaining Jan signs.

public-redux

Adam can claim relevant experience on his resume, that's for sure.

matts853

Yes!

armillary

A change for the better!

bpsws

Congratulations to Jan Gardner. I hope that she will govern wisely and work with the County Council in the best interests of all of Frederick County, including the developers. "When we stop growing, we start dying."
Mr. Young is absolutely correct in his statement that he was/is his own worst enemy. He could have learned much from "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

public-redux

He could have learned even more from "Do not do unto others as they do not wish to be done unto."

Tigerzord

[thumbup]

FrederickVeteran

Blaine should've run for governor instead.

armillary

Perhaps Blaine will work for Hogan, outsourcing government waste.

Extra Ignored

First Blaine will have to create the government waste before he can outsource it.

Bj3315

This evenings forcast is calling for FREE rain!!!!!

KellyAlzan

the Ba'Lane made his own grave.

You don't lose an election because you're so well liked

Bj3315

Here's a slow and I mean slow clap for the liberals. Congrats you managed 1 important position out of dozens. All these results say is that Blaine was hated more tgan Jan was liked.

public-redux

It was the conservatives Republicans who voted out the authoritarian BY.

n01fu

Glad she won, but it is too bad that she will have to work with the MOB (minions of blaine).

bpsws

It is hard to believe that voters kept Delauter and Shreve in office. Perhaps they, too, will have a change of heart and treat others more respectfully in their new offices.

DickD

Don't hold your breath!

Tigerzord

I like that, "the MOB" [thumbup]

Staff
bketterman

You have that right!

cravacor

Hit the road Blaine, you are fired.

public-redux

Big night for Republicans everywhere in America except in the FredCo County Exec race. No way to take that except personally.

Craig Hicks

The county executive election results were a big night for some Frederick County Republicans!

MCEDDE21

[thumbup] For all intents and purposes, Blain WAS the Republican Party in Frederick County. Anyone who disagreed with the Central Committee was
disavowed and called fringe elements and radicals. RALE, Republicans for Jan Gardner, and lots of regular Party members turned out to show exactly who they want for County Executive and for the FUTURE leadership of their own Party!

Congratulations and thanks to all of you!

public-redux

Craig, I understand your point but I was referring to candidates. Like you, I was a Republican for Jan.

Craig Hicks

[thumbup]

matts853

Great work Craig! You played a big role in getting out the Republican vote for Jan.

Tigerzord

[thumbup]

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