Sheriff Chuck Jenkins says Hough will be fiscally conservative, and support law enforcement.
Frederick, Md (KM) At a campaign kickoff event last week, Republican State Senator Michael Hough picked up a key endorsement in his run for Frederick County Executive. Sheriff Chuck Jenkins says he’s throwing his support behind Hough in next year’s election. “A person, I believe, will look out for your tax money, fiscally conservative, supports law enforcement,” he said.
Before an audience at the event, Jenkins described next year’s election as crucial. “We’ve got one last opportunity, I believe, to keep this county in any resemblance of what we have seen–what we know growing up, having our businesses here, raising our families here–we have one last opportunity–that’s the next election–to turn the tide, to shift back to what it should be, the way we want it here in Frederick County,” he said to applause from the audience.
He did not offer any specifics.
The other candidates running for County Council in 2022 are Councilman Kai Hagen, Councilwoman Jessica Fitzwater, and former Board of Education member Daryl Boffman. All are Democrats. County’ Executive Jan Gardner can only serve two consecutive terms under the charter, and she will be stepping down from the post after next year’s elections.
In his comments, Jenkins criticized Hagen and Fitzwater, saying they will set up a county police force which will have a chief appointed by the Council. Neither candidate has said anything publicly about that issue.
Along with endorsing Hough for County Council, Jenkins also said he wanted “to emphasize the need that we have to–we absolutely have to–gain a majority on the County Council.”
Early voting for the 2022 primary election is June 16th to the 23rd. Primary election day is June 28th. For the general election, early voting takes place from October 17th through November 3rd, with general election day on November 8th, 2022.
By Kevin McManus