Candidates for Mayor and Board of Aldermen answered questions during a forum Wednesday night at Frederick Community College's Kussmaul Theater.
In the mayoral contest, Independent and former Mayor Jennifer Dougherty said being unaffiliated with any political party has its advantages. "I'm going to win because you understand that old political loyalties and political parties are not serving us well. And I'm willing to stand for Frederick and not a political party," she said. Dougherty ran as a Democrat in 2001, and served as Mayor from 2002-2006.
Incumbent Republican Mayor Randy McClement spoke about the challenges his administration has faced over the past four years. "We faced all kinds of interesting challenges such as blizzards, earthquakes, economic downturn, challenging state regulations," he said. "But you know: this administration has worked through each of these challenges and kept the city moving forward in a positive manner."
Also in the race is Alderwoman Karen Young, whose running as a Democrat. She talked about how her experience serving on the board has been a plus. "And over the past four years, I have worked tirelessly to deliver better, stronger, customer service, work in strong partnership at all levels of government and to bring new discipline to fiscal responsibility," she said.
The audience at Kussmaul Theater also heard from the Aldermanic Candidates: Democratic incumbents Kelly Russell and Michael O'Connor, and challengers Josh Bokee and John Daniels, and former Alderwoman Donna Kuzemchak; Republicans Phil Dacey, Daniel Cowell, former Alderman Allen Imhoff, Katie Nash and David Schmidt.
The forum was sponsored by the Frederick News-Post, WFMD Radio and FCC. It was moderated by News-Post Editorial Page Editor Cliff Cumber.
Election day in Frederick is Tuesday, November 5th.