Voted YES to high property tax
Voted YES to an unsustainable budget
Voted YES to the Kirwan Commission
Voted YES to witch hunt audit of our Sheriff
Voted YES to expand our government
No, this is not radical liberal Kai Hagen’s voting record, this is self-proclaimed ‘conservative’ Republican Michael Blue. Frederick County’s 5th District needs a councilman who is prepared to scrap wasteful spending, empower our community, lower the property tax, protect our police, and fight for liberty. With that being said, I refuse to stand idle any longer. Today, I formally declare my bid to unseat Michael Blue and seek the office of Frederick County Council in order to SAVE FREDERICK COUNTY.
In 2020, the Democrat candidate for President won Frederick County for the first time in over 50 years. Weak Republicans, like Blue, are complicit in the Democrats’ rise to power as he refuses to stand up to County Executive Jan Gardner and County councilmembers like Kai Hagen and M.C. Keegan-Ayer. District 5, and Frederick County as a whole, needs a fighter, like myself, who is prepared to take a stand against their radical agenda.
Recently, Blue voted in the majority to approve Jan Gardner’s $717M budget for 2022, which is a $52M increase from 2021. For reference, from 2010 to 2014, on the Blaine Young-led Board of County Commissioners, the budget only rose by $45M. We are a growing county, however our budget is far outpacing our growth. These budgeting antics are unsustainable and putting a further strain on taxpayers. To combat this, I propose the adoption of zero based budgeting to ensure that we know where every dollar is going and that its spending is justified.
Oftentimes, we hear politicians and government officials use the phrase ‘community empowerment’, or ‘empowering the community,’ it’s time we take that sentiment seriously; it all starts by employing local companies, creating jobs, and increasing opportunities in the form of internships, scholarships, and grants. The Frederick County Council is currently considering a motion that would increase their wage by more than $10,000 per year, which I vehemently oppose. Councilmembers are part time legislators, $22,500 is more than enough money as is, and there is no reason to raise it.
Instead of joining his fellow Republican council members in an attempt to give citizens a tax deduction, Blue motioned to keep the County property tax at the same rate, $1.06, although he claims to support lower taxes. When elected, I vow to fight to lower the property tax to at least $1.00. It is due time for some level of tax relief. Blue voted in support of a witch hunt audit of our Sheriff and the 287(g) program that has saved countless lives and kept criminals off our streets. Not only did they hire a firm based in Minnesota, but the audit, to no one’s surprise, came up empty. I fully support 287(g) and our police and condemn Blue for putting the program in harm’s way. We must always provide our first responders with the resources they need to get the job done right.
In an interview, Blue told the Frederick News Post, “I do not want to grow our government, but I think there needs to be a trade-off in order to provide opportunities.” Those who wish to expand the size of our government must promptly be replaced; a growing government eats away at our rights, liberties, and freedoms. As a Conservative Republican, I strongly believe that the government serves in the best interest of the people when they stay off our backs and out of our pockets.
The Frederick County Council, propelled by Blue, has led us down the unsustainable path that was paved by Montgomery County, which includes, but is not limited to: high taxes, increased cost of living, expanding government. The functions of our local government is directly tied to the quality of life of those they represent, making this election paramount.
Together, we can make our County government work safer, smarter, better. So, let’s get to work in order to #SaveFrederickCounty