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Democrat Frederick tops Abell, will now face District 2 incumbent Hewitt

Democrat Frederick tops Abell, will now face District 2 incumbent Hewitt

The Enterprise29 Jun 2018By TAYLOR DEVILLE


Rose Frederick was dubious as she and her supporters watched the votes roll in at the Olde Town Pub on Tuesday night.
“Anything can happen,” she repeatedly told her enthusiastic supporters. After one person grabbed Frederick’s arm, telling her “you’re ahead, look at the numbers,” Frederick finally allowed herself a sigh of relief.
“I accepted [the victory] and I was like, oh my God … it was amazing,” Frederick said.
Frederick won the bid against primary challenger AnnMarie Abell to run as a Democrat against incumbent Commissioner Mike Hewitt (R) for his District 2 seat in November.
She collected 2,581 votes to Abell’s 2,154 votes, according to Tuesday night’s unofficial results, which do not include
provisional or absentee ballots.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the county elections board had received 170 provisional ballots and 381 absentee ballots. All votes in the state are to be counted and verified by next Friday, July 6.
“For someone coming in, who has never been in the political scene, you see and hear so much ugliness in politics,” Frederick said. “And then to see a race that was run as clean as AnnMarie’s and mine, it’s amazing.”
Frederick, a 63-year-old Leonardtown native, has served on boards for the Cedar Lane Senior Living Community, the Social Services Advisory Board, Southern Maryland Higher Education Center and
Southern Maryland Center for Independent
Living, and is a member of the county NAACP chapter and Garvey Senior Activity Center Council.
Like Abell, Frederick is a retired federal government employee, having managed budgets for NAVAIR and at the Pentagon.
Accessible community centers, improved public health and representation for the county’s senior community were some of Frederick’s main concerns during her campaign. During a public forum in May, Frederick and Abell demonstrated similar positions on numerous issues, both candidates having a desire to promote affordable housing,
support local educators and inclusivity.
Frederick had glowing remarks about Abell on Wednesday morning, calling her “one of the most gracious persons I’ve met.”
Residents involved in the community could likely spot Abell at local events or board meetings, donning her iconic red shirt or blazer and Maryland flag printed scarf. And, she said, the county can expect to keep seeing her around.
“I am going to be engaged in the community,” she said. “My mission is still the same. It will just take a different role.”
Abell plans to work with local groups to address affordable housing for working families in the county, an issue that was a focal point of her campaign.
She senses “a number of possibilities,” she said, where she can lend the enthusiasm and
skill she brought to her bid for commissioner. She plans to talk to community leaders and go “where my heart is gonna take me.”
Abell lauded Frederick and her team for running “a good and efficient” campaign, and is open to collaborating with Frederick if she is elected.
“Maybe women are setting the example of what a race should be run like,” Frederick said.
Frederick is taking a twoweek breather to enjoy her victory, then will ramp up her campaign energy again to face Hewitt in the general election.
She said she is not running against Hewitt because what he is lacking or not doing, she said. “Each of us goes into government wanting to do a good job,” she said.
During his term, Hewitt said in a statement, he has “helped
keep taxes low, built fund balances to protect against unforeseen emergencies, provided record funding for our schools and police” and witnessed the groundbreaking of the new Garvey Center site, which he campaigned on during his last bid for election in 2014.
For her own part, Frederick said winning the election would allow her to bring diversity, “a female perspective” and empathy to the board. Only five women have been elected to the board since its creation in 1838 — Barbara Thompson, who served as president; Frances Eagan; Julie Randall; Shelby Guazzo; and Cindy Jones. John G. Lancaster remains the only black commissioner from 1986 to 1994. Frederick’s win would make her the first black woman ever elected to the board.

Rose Frederick for Commissioner 2018,  Sharon Redmon, Treasurer
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