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|Frederick County Councilmember, District 2|
December 1, 2014 –December 1, 2018
|Preceded by||Office created|
Tony Chmelik is an American politician. He represents district 2 on the Frederick County Council.
Chmelik ran for a seat on the Frederick County Board of Education in 2008.
Chmelik was opposed to teaching students about preventing sexual assault.Chmelik said that teachers should be required to work for Frederick County Public Schools for a certain amount of time if the county pays for their graduate school tuition.
Sexual assault is an act in which a person intentionally sexually touches another person without that person's consent, or coerces or physically forces a person to engage in a sexual act against their will. It is a form of sexual violence which includes rape, groping, child sexual abuse or the torture of the person in a sexual manner.
In the race for three open seats, Chmelik came in seventh place with six percent of the vote in the primary election.
Chmelik ran for a seat on the Frederick County Board of Education again in 2012.
Chmelik said his highest priorities would be reevaluating the curriculum and increasing the board's effectiveness, efficiency, and transparency.
When a secretary at Urbana High School put a nativity scene on her desk, the principal asked the secretary to remove it because it promoted Christianity.Frederick County Public Schools' policy said that school employees are representatives of the state of Maryland while performing official duties. As representatives of the state, school employees are not allowed to display a Nativity scene on school property because doing so would constitute the state promoting a certain religion, which is an unconstitutional according to the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Chmelik said the nativity scene did not constitute teaching or preaching of Christianity and should be allowed.
In the primary election, Chmelik came in sixth place with ten percent of the vote, advancing to the general election.In the general election, Chmelik receive fourteen percent of the vote, coming in fifth place for three open seats.
Chmelik ran to represent the second district on the newly created Frederick County Council in 2014.Stephens Dempsey and Fred Ugast also ran in the Republican primary election.
Chmelik said he was running for Council because he wanted "to keep Frederick County moving in a positive direction".Chmelik said that the biggest issue facing the second district was roads and schools. Chmelik supported improvements to Route 75 and Route 80. Chmelik wanted to accelerate construction of a new elementary school in Urbana, expand the middle school in Urbana, and build a new elementary school in Monrovia.
Chmelik won the Republican primary election with 54 percent of the vote.Chmelik appeared on the general election ballot along with Democratic candidate Annette Breiling. Stephens Dempsey renounced his Republican Party affiliation and ran as an independent write-in candidate, saying he could not possibly support Chmelik's campaign.
Chmelik promised to never vote to increase his own salary.Chmelik signed the Americans for Tax Reform's Taxpayer Protection Pledge to "oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes".
Chmelik won the general election, receiving 57 percent of the vote.Following the win, Chmelik promised to work with all other members of the Council, regardless of political party affiliation.
At the beginning of the term, the Council decided to establish the position of treasurer, and the Council voted to appoint Chmelik to the position.After a year and a half, Chmelik had not yet produced any quarterly financial reports, which he had promised when he was originally appointed. Chmelik defended keeping the position, saying that having a treasurer is the way to provide accountability for spending public funds. The Council voted in favor of abolishing the treasurer position.
In 2015, the Frederick County Council approved a county budget that included $615,000 of spending cuts.Chmelik voted against the budget, saying it did not cut spending enough. Chmelik said he saw the budget as a property tax increase, even though the property tax rate was not changed. The editorial board of The Frederick News-Post criticized Chmelik for not being specific on where he wanted to cut the budget and presenting no budget-cutting ideas during the Council hearing, making the editorial board feel that he had no idea where to begin.
Council members M.C. Keegan-Ayer and Jessica Fitzwater introduced a bill to repeal an ordinance designating English as the county's official language.Rather than repeal the ordinance altogether, Chmelik suggested keeping the ordinance in place while asking Council members to only repeal offensive parts of it. The Council did not approve Chmelik's idea. The bill to repeal the ordinance passed; Chmelik voted against the repeal.
A county law requires contractors to pay prevailing wages, rather than minimum wage, to their employees on school construction projects where the state pays at least one-fourth of the cost.Chmelik called the law a "political boondoggle” intended to please labor labor unions. Chmelik wanted to make it so prevailing wage was only required when the state paid at least half the cost. Chmelik's proposal did not pass the Council.
Frederick County assesses a school impact fee on builders when they construct new residential projects, to offset increased costs to schools due to the additional enrolled students.When Jan H. Gardner considered increasing the school impact fees, Chmelik strongly disagreed, saying the fees disproportionately burden one part of the county's economy. Chmelik was critical of estimates of the impact of building new housing near overcrowded schools.
Council member Bud Otis introduced a bill to make it a conflict of interest for elected officials and their immediate family members to be awarded bids for county projects.Chmelick voted against the bill.
Chmelik supported new zoning standards that would allow solar arrays on agricultural land.Chmelik said he wanted to allow farmers to maximize the use of their land while still being considerate to neighbors' concerns about changes in the landscape.
Chmelik proposed increasing the Frederick County Executive's annual salary to $180,000 in order to attract private-sector executives, rather than only politicians.When the rest of the Council criticized the proposal, Chmelik withdrew it. Chmelik also proposed allowing County Executives to hold outside employment, which had been prohibited, in order to attract candidates who are executives from the private sector. The proposal did not pass the Council.
Chmelik opposed a proposal to increase the county's hotel tax from three percent to five percent, some of which would fund construction and improvements to conference halls and exhibit halls in the county.Shreve also opposed a bill to fund part of the construction of a hotel and conference center in downtown Frederick.
|Nonpartisan||Kathryn B. Groth||11,463||15|
|Nonpartisan||Emily Ann Meyer||6,665||8|
|Nonpartisan||Cindy Ann Rose||5,231||7|
|Nonpartisan||James E. Hoover||4,613||6|
|Nonpartisan||Kiesha La Kay Edmonds||1,607||2|
|Nonpartisan||Kathryn B. Groth||58,525||23|
|Nonpartisan||Colleen E. Cusimano||41,861||17|
|Write-in (Stephens Dempsey and others)||1,055||6|