Less than 17% of Frederick city voted in the last election in 2013. That is atrociously low – and as a consequence, Mayor Randy McClement was re-elected. In office since 2009, McClemment is Republican that has – how do we put this- has done virtually nothing. In the meantime, gentrification has blossomed in the city like weeds, and little cultural improvements to the Frederick landscape has encapsulated his time as the hands off mayor. In a moment captured several years ago over the future of the Carmack/Jay building on 5th and Market, he was laughed at by hundreds in attendance when he said he thought things were going well in Frederick. Status Quo, same old same old? Naw. The people in that crowded city hall weren’t buying that.
An opportunity has emerged: Frederick City wide primary voting will take place September 12 from 7am and polls close 8pm.
Early voting has come and gone, but here’s a chance to take the reins of democracy in your hands. It’s the punk thing to do. Subversive Zine’s debut in March highlighted the incredibly low participation rate in the 2013 elections. Can the narrative be flipped? Both WM and Subversive thinks so, especially in light of how galvanizing the threat to democracy ‘president trump’ has been. The question is will it translate to a city election tomorrow? Continue reading Frederick City Election Tuesday: WesternMachines + Subversive Zine want YOU to VOTE!