Frederick County’s political world is undergoing a sea change. Everywhere you look, you see the evidence — more expensive elections, a larger Democratic majority on the County Council, and more partisan division on the greatly enlarged Fredrick County state delegation in Annapolis.

Michael Hough, who gave up his seat in the state Senate to run for county executive, became the first executive candidate to spend more than $1 million on his campaign.

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The amount of money spent on the County Executive race is astronomical and a waste. No one needs to spend that much money to win a race in Frederick County and most voters get weary of all the negative ads and junk mail. There is something wrong in our society that these dollars are not put to more meaningful use. The Republicans have lost at the local level for a number of reasons including fielding terrible candidates. No one will miss the likes of Kirby Delauter, Billy Shreve, Tony Chmelik or Cindy Rose. The recently elected Democrats on the county council will all be focused on the work as will Steve McKay, a outlier among the Republican candidates. This sea change from antics to actual productive work for the residents of the county is certainly welcome.

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