Glade Valley’s County Council Representative, Kirby Delauter makes no bones his disdain for County Executive Jan Gardner. He has stated before that he plans to run for County Executive, but pen has now been put to paper. His supporters are rallying others to join the cause. They are sharing a letter Mr. Delauter wrote inviting supporters to a campaign kick-off event and gun raffle, and to share the invitation with “any friend you feel would be interested.”
Mr. Delauter served as a member of the Board of County Commissioners before Frederick County changed its form of government. He gained international notoriety when he demanded The Frederick News-Post stop printing his name. His demands and the responses from media, social media, and especially an editorial by The Frederick News-Post Editorial Board garnered a lot of free press for the first-term county commissioner.
With the change of government, Mr. Delauter ran and was elected to represent the Fifth District, which includes Glade Valley, on the new County Council. From the beginning in December of 2014, Mr. Delauter took a strong stand against County Executive Gardner, the Democrats elected to the County Council, and County Council President Bud Otis. Mr. Otis was elected a Republican, but has since changed parties in response to Mr. Delauter and Council Member At Large Billy Shreve’s criticisms. Mr. Delauter also decries two members of the County Council for being teachers and voting on a budget of which half goes to Frederick County Public Schools.
Mr. Delauter’s signature “Straight Talk and Straight Answers” campaign aims to bring “good conservative Republican leadership” to the local level of government, like that “witnessed at the Federal and State level,” he writes. His campaign is in response to “four years of progress being turned back slowly.”
Despite Mr. Delauter’s description of his last twenty-one months as President of the Board of County Commissioners as “progress being turned back slowly,” Blaine Young urged his social media followers to support Kirby Delauter’s bid for County Executive. The two have been close friends and ran as a slate for county offices. Mr. Young shared the letter sent from Friends of Kirby Delauter, and wrote of Mr. Delauter,
Kirby’s needs your support. He can win! I got 45 percent of the vote against Gardner. All while living two lives and being unfaithful to my ex-wife with one of my county employees. Which everyone in a small county knew and crushed me with the women’s vote. I was very wrong and I should of know better. May those I hurt forgive me one day with my changed behavior. Kirby is a incredible man, husband, father, grandfather, veteran and small business owner that employs 60 plus people. He can do this but he needs your support.
Kirby Delauter owns and operates a family business, W.F. Delauter and Son, Inc., which was started in 1955 by his grandfather and father. According to its web site, the company “specializes in excavating, grading, utilities, and horizontal drilling.” W.F. Delauter & Son performs contractual work for the Town of Walkersville including snow removal and laying new water lines in the town.
Kirby Delauter grew-up in Frederick County. He graduated from Catoctin High School. Mr. Delauter is a veteran of the U.S. Army. He lives in Thurmont with his wife Tina. The couple have four children who are now adults.
As County Council Representative for Glade Valley, Mr. Delauter can be seen attending local meetings. He regularly writes a column for a monthly newspaper in Woodsboro, and is a familiar face at the Woodsboro American Legion.
Before serving as an elected official at the county level, Mr. Delauter served on the Thurmont Police Commission and on the Thurmont Board of Appeals.
Mr. Delauter’s Seafood and BBQ event with a gun raffle will be held on Friday, May 12, 2017. The event will be held at his company’s facility in Emmitsburg. The letter requesting support can be found here. We have blacked out Mr. Delauter’s cell phone number, but you can reach him through his campaign web site at http://kirbydelauter.com.