The blustery, cool afternoon on Saturday, didn't keep citizens from gathering in front of Winchester Hall to rally support for former Frederick County Commissioners' President Jan Gardner, who announced she's running for Frederick County Executive. "I decided I wanted to run for county executive because I want to restore good government, honesty and trust in government, and ethics," said Gardner.
The Democratic candidate brings a mix of business and government experience to the table, including working for the Quaker Oats Company, in a management position, serving 12 years on the Frederick County Board of Commissioners, with 4 of those as the president. She also worked as District Director for Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski. "I also served as the president of the Maryland Association of Counties, and I believe as we transition to Charter Government, we need someone with that blend of experience to make sure that we make that transition smoothly, that we maintain open and transparent government, that we have governing consensus developed with council members, so that we all move together in the right direction," continued Gardner.
The first Frederick County Executive will help set the tone for the County's new form of Government and will have the responsibility of developing a strong relationship with the County Council.
The Primary Election will be held June 24th, 2014, and the General Election will be on November 4, 2014.
Voters in Frederick County will have a crowded ballot next year when they elect the Governor and Lt. Governor, Comptroller, Attorney General, Congressmen, State Senator, State Delegates, County Executive, 7 Council Members, Sheriff, State's Attorney, Clerk of the Court, Register of Wills and 3 Orphans Court Judges.