Last night I attended a gathering for Jason Judd, who is starting to roll out his campaign to become the mayor of the City of Frederick.
It was an excellent event, with between 100-150 people packed into Cafe NOLA in historic downtown Frederick. Plenty of energy and enthusiasm.
I was pleased to speak for a few minutes about Jason and the campaign, along with two others, including former mayor Ron Young. Then Jason spoke for a while. I’ve heard him speak to small groups on a number of occasions, but this was the first time I had a chance to hear him in this sort of setting. He did an outstanding job, conveying in a few minutes quite a bit about the qualities, skills, and experience he brings, and the vision he has about how to “Move Frederick Forward.”
On Wednesday, March 11th (from 6:00 to 7:00pm), at the Delaplaine Center, there will be another gathering, as Jason “officially” launches his campaign.
The article from this morning’s Frederick News Post is below.
Newcomer Jason Judd announces mayoral bid
Frederick News Post
February 27, 2009
By Adam Behsudi
Jason Judd officially announced his candidacy for mayor of Frederick on Thursday night at a packed downtown cafe?.
The Democrat and Frederick native has been building campaign support with the theme of “moving Frederick forward” for his first foray into the local political scene.
“We need a mayor who has energy, who has vision, who has a hard focus on solutions,” Judd, 37, said to a crowd of about 120 at Caf?e Nola on East Patrick Street.
“Somebody who expects to be held accountable — that’s the kind of mayor we need,” he said.
Judd is a graduate of Gov. Thomas Johnson High School and Duke University, where he was awarded a Fulbright fellowship.
He is a trained economist and former community organizer. He works on national advocacy campaigns for the Service Employees International Union.
In Frederick, Judd is a member of the board of directors for Volunteer Frederick, serves on the city’s land management code task force and is a member of the Carroll Creek Rotary Club.
He is also director of the Frederick County work-force development board.
Judd lives downtown with his wife and two children.
In his speech Thursday, Judd blasted the city’s current elected officials for fiscal irresponsibility, using examples of a controversial employee buyout program and the purchase of a $795,000 scoreboard and video display for Harry Grove Stadium.
“Public money is a public trust, and I won’t violate that trust,” he said.
Former mayor Ron Young introduced Judd as someone who could usher in Frederick’s “second renaissance.” Young claimed the first renaissance for himself during his four terms as mayor from 1976 to 1990.
“His support base is growing very rapidly,” Young said before the speech. “He’s a dynamic young guy.”
Judd was also introduced by Sukhi Gulati, a freshman at Thomas Johnson High School, and Kai Hagen, a Frederick County commissioner.
“Right out of the bag, Jason is a front-runner in this election,” Hagen said.
Judd joins only one other Democratic candidate, Jack Lynch. On the GOP side current Mayor Jeff Holtzinger, Market Bagel and Deli owner Randy McClement and Discount Towing owner Clint Hoffman round out the ballot.
Judd will hold an official launch to his mayoral campaign at 6 p.m. March 11 at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, 40 S. Carroll St.
The city’s primary election is set for Sept. 15. The general election will be Nov. 3.