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Young vows to represent district well

July 29, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Democrat Ronald N. Young said his current state senator, Republican Alex X. Mooney, does little for District 3.

"He just votes no on everything," Young said. "He rarely brings anything back to the district."

Young, a former mayor of Frederick, Md., will face Don DeArmon in a Democratic primary Sept. 14 for the right to challenge Mooney.

Mooney, seeking a fourth term, has no Republican opponent.

The general election is Nov. 2.

District 3 is mostly in Frederick County but has a small piece of Washington County.

Senators serve four-year terms and are paid $43,000 a year.

In January, Young announced he'd try for the Senate seat.

He said recently that he ran only because prospective candidate Jan. H. Gardner, the president of the Frederick County Commissioners, didn't.

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While DeArmon -- who joined the race later -- has made improving Interstate 270 his top campaign priority, Young said he's taking a broader approach, noting that federal money will pay for the road project.

Young said he'll focus on getting jobs to the district and boosting the tax base, as well as on I-270.

He said a senator also must pay attention to taxes, education, the environment and social issues.

"You've got to go down there understanding the whole realm of things that are needed," he said.

Young, 69, of Frederick, was the city's mayor for 16 years.

He said the city accomplished a lot during his time in office -- revitalizing the downtown, cutting taxes six times, expanding the airport, buying a golf course and a baseball stadium, and burying power wires. The Carroll Creek park project was started then, too.

Later, Young was deputy secretary of the state Department of Natural Resources and deputy secretary of the state Department of Planning.

He said he helped develop the Smart Growth program of focused development.

Young said he's at a fundraising disadvantage against Mooney, who taking in hundreds of thousands of dollars, and DeArmon, who's getting Washington, D.C., money.

Young's goal is to raise $100,000 locally in smaller increments and said recently that he's at about a quarter of that level.

"I'm having to work harder and smarter," he said.

Ronald N. Young



Maryland State Senate

District 3 candidate

Age: 69

Address: 409 Culler Ave., Frederick

Education: Associate degree from Frederick Community College; bachelor's degree from University of Maryland; master of education from McDaniel College

Occupation: Realtor, consultant

Party affiliation: Democrat

Political experience: Four years on Frederick City Board of Aldermen, 16 years as mayor of Frederick, 1 1/2 years as deputy secretary of Maryland Department of Natural Resources, 10 years as deputy secretary and acting secretary of Maryland Department of Planning, three years as town manager of Indian Head, Md.; ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 1989 and 2005

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