Four of Frederick’s five aldermen will seek to keep their seats in the city’s upcoming election, with Derek Shackelford’s announcement Friday that he intends to run for reelection.

“I want to personally thank each of you for your support over the last 4 years,” Shackelford emailed supporters. “Together we have been able to make progress for our residents and city. Yet, the work is still not finished. There is still more work to do. This is why I ask for your vote to be re-elected to the Board of Aldermen.”

Shackelford joins fellow incumbents Kelly Russell, Ben MacShane and Donna Kuzemchak and challengers Katie Nash, Chris Sparks and Robert Van Rens among the Democrats seeking nominations in September’s primary. There were no Republican candidates listed on the city website as of Monday evening.

Alderman Roger Wilson is seeking the Democratic nomination for mayor.

The city’s primary is scheduled for Sept. 14, and the general election for Nov. 2.

Shackelford had held off on announcing his decision, deciding whether an alderman’s seat was the best way he could serve the community, he said.

He said he believes there’s still work to be done toward his goals of increasing equity in the city and helping make the city work for everyone.

He also hopes to work toward finding solutions to housing affordability in a second term.

A Frederick native, Shackelford said it’s been a privilege to serve in his hometown. He thinks the current aldermen have worked well together overall.

“We haven’t always agreed, which I think is a good thing,” he said.

But on the big things, he thinks the board has done well.

Along with a degree in political science from George Mason University, Shackelford has a Master of Divinity degree and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary. He is the pastor of Buckeystown United Methodist Church and CEO of the nonprofit organization City of Hope.

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No Republicans running, a hapless minority, can't stand up even a single candidate.

Treva B

Excellent news. Very good alderman and a solid, trustworthy candidate of good integrity. You don't find that in politicians much.


Mayor and Aldermen should be term limited at two terms. Otherwise, they will feed at the trough until they expire of natural causes.


I think ALL politicians should be limited to two terms max.


Wasn't it Will Rogers who said politicians are like diapers - full of shiftless and need to be changed regularly?


No term limits. If we had term limits then we would not have had Nancy pelosi’s expertise and knowledge on handling trump


For sure, how did her two impeachments work out? She's "0 for 2".


Those were President Trump’s impeachments. He must be proud that he was impeached as many times as his 44 predecessors combined.


Wasn't it Pelosi who supervised the impeachments? The first via Schiff's kangaroo court with flimsy evidence that didn't get a conviction and the second rammed through before any investigation, and again she didn't get a conviction. She's 0 for 2 and Trump is 2 & 0. In his mind, that's two wins.


Wasn't it President Trump who was impeached? Twice. Out of only 2 tries.

As for what Trump thinks, who knows? We cannot trust him to be truthful so anything he may have said isn't probative.


I hate the idea that voters don’t get to vote for the person they want.


“‘We haven’t always agreed, which I think is a good thing,’ he said.” I do too. Yet it doesn’t end up in verbal brawling overshadowing the issue. No one is that thin-skinned or vain. This group works.

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