Young, Gardner to Square Off for Frederick County Executive

In primary elections for Frederick County’s first county executive, former and current county commissioners are vying for the new seat.  In the Republican primary, Frederick County Commission President Blaine Young is leading Commissioner David P. Gray by almost 19% of the vote, according to unofficial results of the State Board of Elections. On the Democratic side, Former Frederick County Commission President Jan Gardner ran unopposed.  This is the first election for a county executive in Frederick County under its new form of charter government.

Former County Commission President, Jan H. Gardner. Photo courtesy of

Former Frederick County Commission President Jan Gardner ran unopposed in the democrat primary for County Executive in Frederick County. She will proceed to the general election in November.

As described on her campaign website,

Jan Gardner has dedicated most of her adult life to public service and caring about the community. Jan is known for caring about people, doing her homework, and getting things done. Jan has demonstrated her passion for public education, responsible growth management and fiscal responsibility. Jan cares about people and will fight for what she believes is fair, right, and just.

Frederick County Commission President Blaine Young won the republican primary over challengers Commissioner David P. Gray and Mark W. Sweadner. Young is currently leading the unofficial results with 53.39% of the vote, to Gray’s 34.7%, and Sweadner’s 11.91%. According to his campaign website, Dave Gray has served as a County Commissioner for over 19 years and first entered public service as a Planning Commissioner in 1979.

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Frederick County Commission President Blaine R. Young. Photo courtesy of Frederick County.

As described on Young’s campaign website,

Blaine knows firsthand the difficulties and frustrations of dealing with the multiple layers of rules and regulations that are piled on small business owners by local and state agencies across Maryland. “There is so much repetition of services, rules and regulations in Maryland that it is not the most welcoming place for small business owners,” according to Blaine. “One of the reasons I got back into politics is to try to reduce the level of regulations and help make Maryland a much more inviting place for small business owners.”

All percentage results are current as of 7am Wednesday morning.  For updated results, see the State Board of Elections.