​​The Government and Political Affairs Committee of the Frederick Branch recently prepared a list of questions, listed below, for the candidates running for the Board of Education and the County Council. Willie J. Mahone, President of the the Frederick County Branch of the NAACP, recognizes the important role every voter plays in the election process. "It's important for all of us to understand the impact we can have on local politics if we exercise our right to vote. While we do not endorse one candidate over another, we feel that it's important voters are aware of key issues in this upcoming primary that may influence their choices." 

Although several requests have been made, there has been no information regarding the participation of ethnic minorities and women in contracting by the Frederick County government. Do you think that such information is important and what actions would you take to actively support the involvement of ethnic minorities and women in Frederick County contracting.

Yes. I would consider a quota system to support the involvement of ethnic minorities and women in Frederick County contracting. 

The City of Frederick has agreed to eliminate "check the box" on applications for employment in city government. Would you support doing the same in Frederick County government?


In other jurisdictions in the State of Maryland have statutes giving specific protections to women, ethnic minorities, and LGBT individuals. Would you support such legislation in Frederick County? 

Yes. I voted for these protections as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates. 

What will you do to facilitate involvement of ethnic minorities in the hotel/conference center construction and operation?

See my answer to this question combined with my answer to the next question. 

Government has a bad track record when it comes to investing in conference centers and hotels. In a June 7, 2017 article, the Baltimore Sun noted the Baltimore city owned Hilton Baltimore Convention Center had an accumulated deficit of nearly $85 million. The same financing model is being used for the hotel/conference development in Frederick. What will you do to protect County taxpayers from the burden of paying for this project?

First, let me point out that there is a big difference between a conference center and a convention center. Conference centers are much smaller and cater to a greater variety of users. Hotel/conference centers are financially viable and are usually part of successful municipal centers. It is my belief that the construction costs should be borne by the private sector. Although, I believe that a parking deck and other public improvements should be paid for by the State, City, and County under the parameters of an agreement between the parties. Minority participation quotas should be implemented for the construction. 

With the passing of the gambling revenue bill in 2008, money was to be put in a lockbox for funding our schools, yet portable classrooms predominate every campus in the county. What would you do to ensure that revenue from gambling goes toward educating our children? 

I will use my influence as a former Delegate in the Maryland House of Delegates to ensure that revenue from gambling goes toward educating our children. 

Do you support a living wage and family leave for Frederick County? 


Do you support funding universal pre-kindergarten?


Galen Clagett
Candidate for County Council
At Large

Candidates for County Council

Shannon Bohrer
Galen Clagett
Jessica Fitzwater
Justin Kiska
Mark Long
M.C. Keegan-Ayer
​Susan Reeder Jessee

Candidates for the Board of Education

Jay Mason
Bud Otis
Camden Raynor
Cindy Rose
Masai Troutman
Brad Young


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