A little more than two years ago I was running for alderman, and one of my opponents was Roger Wilson. You already know the result: He won. And Frederick has been better for it. I will say that I am glad he won.

Over the past two years, I have been impressed with Wilson’s tenure on the board. He has a deep grasp of the issues and he is awash in common sense — an increasing rarity among elected officials of all stripes. He has a well-articulated vision for Frederick and the passion to lead.

On the county level, I have only ever heard good things about him. I will admit that in the race in 2017 I was concerned that anyone working so closely with the county executive having a conflict of interest while serving on the board. Looking at Roger’s tenure and his ethical attention to any potential conflicts of interest, it’s clear that I needn’t have worried.

I hope in 2021, he will consider running for mayor. I know he has a heart for service and I hope his service will lead him to the mayor’s office. When we consider that Frederick is the state’s second-largest city, one bursting with energy and entrepreneurship, a city that celebrates diversity as well as a city that certainly has its issues, I can think of few people who could tackle those as well as Roger.

2021 is a long time from now, but it’s tomorrow in the world of politics. Whatever office Roger may run for in 2021, he will have my support.

Hayden Duke

Frederick

(8) comments

nbouqu1

I like Roger personally, and I ran against him (and two others) for House of Delegates 5 years ago. HOWEVER, I have real concerns about his judgment. Being Jan's director of intergovernmental affairs while representing the people of the City of Frederick on the Board of Alderman could have potentially lead to a serious conflict of interests. While it didn't happen (thankfully), it was very possible that Jan's interests or the interests of the County as a whole could have come into direct conflict with what is best for the citizens of the City of Frederick specifically. Allowing himself to potentially be in such a compromised position does not show sound judgment to me.

Dwasserba

"I will say that I am glad he won." This is gracious and Frederick-centric. Someone like this belongs in office.

mr_twist27

Let's stop pretending, is quite obvious Wilson is positioning himself to run for mayor.

des21

Very classy Mr. Duke. Well done.

DickD

Sounds like Hayden plans on running for alderman,

niceund

I also had many concerns when Mr Wilson was elected as an alderman while holding County Office. Since the election I have seen no evidence of any problem. The few times I have sent emails with questions for the aldermen, he is the first to respond with a very courteous and thoughtful reply. I definitely would consider voting for him in the next election.

DickD

Don't you live in Myersville, Niceund?

gary4books

Quote: J.R.R. Tolkien — 'The praise of the praiseworthy is above all rewards.' And I see Mr. Duke as a person of great integrity and a skilled educator. He also supports Mr. Wilson, whom I hold in high esteem. So I DO agree with Hayden. If and when Roger runs for Mayor, my wife and I shall vote for him.

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