Keegan-Ayer Advancing to General Election in Frederick Council Race

Council President M.C. Keegan-Ayer will advance to the general election in her District 3 Council race, following a tumultuous and eventful process culminating in a narrow party central committee vote.

M.C. Keegan-Ayer (right) co-hosts a joint #MACoCon meeting of the Women of MACo and the Diversity Caucus, along with Montgomery County Council Member Craig Rice and guest speaker Senator Jill P. Carter.

Among the numerous close races in the 2022 primary elections, none rivaled the Democratic District 3 in Frederick County in terms of tiny margins, and complex outcomes. In the end, incumbent M.C. Keegan-Ayer, sitting as the President of the current Council, will advance to the general election as the party nominee – albeit through a peculiar process.

The vote was extraordinarily close. A margin of three votes for challenger Jazmin Di Cola was initially the final total, but following a recount it was narrowed to a single vote. However, Ms. Di Cola’s candidacy was challenged in court based on residency, and she was later disqualified from her candidacy, a decision she opted not to appeal.

With that turn of events, the county’s Democratic Central Committee was called upon to vote on their nominee, and selected Keegan-Ayer by, yet again, a very narrow margin of 6-5. She will advance to the general election in November, and has already made public statements about advancing “healing” in the months ahead within the community, following a divisive and difficult process.

More background on Council President Keegan-Ayer is available in this profile run on Conduit Street last winter:

Q&A with New MACo Treasurer & Frederick County Council President M.C. Keegan-Ayer


Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties