Meet the Candidates: Race for Frederick County Executive

- FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. - Primary election day in Maryland is approaching and for the first time ever Frederick County residents will vote for a County Executive. 

The three republicans facing off are current Board of County Commissioners President Blaine Young, Commissioner David Gray and Frederick County resident Mark Sweadner.

“I love Frederick County, so you know where I stand and if I tell you I'm going to do it, I'm going to follow through and keep my promise to you,” said Blaine Young.

“I think they need a mature person that is a welcoming person for the public,” said David Gray.

“The commissioners’ basically only represent the special interests of the parties they support, they do not listen to what the public says,” said Mark Sweadner.

Sweadner says he wants to control what he calls rapid and rampant growth in Frederick County and lower taxes for county residents.

“Everything relates back to taxes, but also on the top my agenda is the incinerator, the waste-to-energy facility is flawed in the financial analysis that was done. The revenues have been overstated and the expenditures understated, it’s not feasible to go forward with that,” said Frederick County resident Mark Sweadner, a republican running for County Executive. “Montevue and Citizens, we got a bad deal on that. They're selling it for a loss.”

Commissioner David Gray says he’s focused on small business growth.

“A lot of people don't realize the variety and collection of small businesses we have,” said Commissioner Gray.

Commissioner Gray also says as County Executive he is looking for alternatives to solid waste management and doesn’t want to see the county give up its nursing homes. He says he’ll lead the county without a conflict of interest.

“Appointment power to various committees, and my most important concern is we appoint to the ethics committee, the finest people with the most unblemished records with no conflict of interest,” said Gray.

Current Board of County Commissioners President Blaine Young says he’s proud of Frederick County’s growth. Young says with a low unemployment rate the county is headed in the right direction.

“There are a lot of things happening in Frederick and there are some people who want to stifle it. Frederick is going to grow, we don't aspire to be Montgomery County but we also don't aspire to be Allegany County. There needs to be that balance so we need to make sure infrastructure is in place, schools, roads, parks, jobs. All very important to a thriving community,” said Young. 

Primary Election day is on June 24, 2014. 

Jan Gardner is the only Democrat running for County Executive, she is a former president of the Board of County Commissioners.

You can read more about each of the candidates online by clicking the links below:
Jan Gardner
David Gray
Mark Sweadner
Blaine Young

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