Tomorrow is Primary Day. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 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." 

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.

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 think this information is very important. It’s vital that ethnic minorities and women have the opportunity to participate in all trades and businesses.  Frederick County should be able to track this information and provide it for use and analysis. I think all bids should be reviewed on an equal footing. I would look to see what systems have worked for other municipalities to even the playing field. I am confident there are systems that work. 

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?

Yes, I support the “ban the box” movement. I believe that fair-chance policies are good for everyone.  They support individuals, families, and communities. Our current judicial system is lopsided and the “ban the box” movement begins to help address some of these issues.  

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 believe everyone should be treated equally. In our white male-dominated culture it is important to be sure women, ethnic minorities, and LGBT people are provided equal opportunities. It is unfortunate that it becomes necessary to legislate what one might consider basic rights.  However, sometimes, we do need to legislate these protections in order for all to be treated fairly.

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

The hotel/conference center is being managed by Frederick City. I would encourage Frederick City to facilitate involvement of ethnic minorities as they draft their contracts.

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?

The hotel/conference center is being managed by Frederick City. 

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? 

It is indeed disheartening that we have so many portable classrooms. We need to do better. I would review the budget and be asking about the gambling revenues. We must demand that the law be followed and that education is funded as promised. The law may need to be reviewed to establish how the money is being allocated – correctly or incorrectly. Education is important to individuals, families, and the community. It benefits everyone.

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

Yes, I believe in a living wage and family leave.  One should not have to work two or three jobs to support one’s family.  I would favor legislation supporting family leave and incrementally increasing the minimum wage to $15/hour. There are lots of resources that can be consulted including our neighbor, Montgomery County.  I am sure we could create a process to increase the minimum wage that would help workers and not be so sudden that our small businesses could not adjust. I believe everyone regardless of gender, race, religion, or orientation deserves a living wage and I believe Frederick County could set that example if we chose to do so.  

Do you support funding universal pre-kindergarten?

Yes, I support funding universal pre-kindergarten. All children deserve a quality education. Studies have shown that early learning is vital to a child’s success. Universal pre-kindergarten would help to even the playing field and close the gap between the haves and the have-nots. I want all of Frederick County’s children to have an equal opportunity to learn and prosper.

Lisa Jarosinski
Candidate for County Council
District 2

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

Jonah Eisenberg
Marie Fischer
Edison Hatter
Jay Mason
Bud Otis
Camden Raynor
Cindy Rose
Masai Troutman
Brad Young


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