State Delegate Carol Krimm (D-District 3-A) was elected leader of the Frederick County State Delegation at their annual public meeting, held Dec. 8 at Winchester Hall in Frederick.
The eight-member Frederick County State Delegation is split equally, 4 to 4, among Democrats and Republicans. The split led Sen. Ron Young (D-District 3) to propose alternating chairs between parties over the next four years. Outgoing Republican Delegate William Folden (District 3-B) proposed Democrat Carol Krimm (District 3-A) as the next state delegation leader.
The vote was 6-2 in favor of Krimm with all four Republican members and Democratic Delegate-elect Ken Kerr (District 3-B) in favor and Democratic Sen. Ron Young and Democratic Delegate Karen Lewis Young (District 3-A) opposed.
Republican Sen. Michael Hough (District 4) was elected vice-chair by the same 6-2 vote.
It has been decades since a Democrat chaired the Frederick County State Delegation, and Krimm is the first Democratic woman elected chair. Former Republican Delegate Louise Snodgrass was the first woman elected chair.
Krimm said that she believes she was elected chair because “I am fair minded, willing to listen and experienced. … I look forward to working with all members of the delegation to support priorities we can agree on like improving transportation infrastructure and opioid addiction prevention.”
The chair of the delegation is voted on every year.