Long Time Frederick County Political Figure To Retire

State Senator Ron Young says he will not seek re-election, endorses his wife for the job.

Frederick, Md (KM) A long time figure in Frederick County politics is hanging it up after 2022. State Senator Ron Young (D) said he will not seek re-election to another term in the Maryland Senate, endorsing his wife, Delegate Karen Lewis Young (D),  for the job.

In a statement announcing his retirement, Ron Young talked about his years in public service. He was first elected Mayor of Frederick in 1974, and served until 1990, when he was defeated by Paul Gordon (R).

Before serving in the State Senate, Ron Young was  a  public school teacher, deputy secretary for the Department of Natural Resources, acting Secretary for the Maryland Department of Planning, and town manager for Indian Head in Charles County

Ron Young was first elected as State Senator in 2010, beating then incumbent Alex Mooney (R).  He was re-election in 2014 and 2018.

He says he will continue representing District Three in the Maryland Senate in 2022, and will also campaign for his wife for that Senate seat.

In June, Delegate Karen Lewis Young announced her intention to run for her husband’s Senate seat.   At time, Senator Young had not announced whether he intended to retire.  But Delegate Young said she expected him to do so eventually.

By Kevin McManus