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.