Ron Young is a life-long resident of Frederick. He has four sons and a stepdaughter, as well as nine grandchildren. He lives with his wife Karen, who serves as President Pro Tem of the Board of Alderman in Frederick. His interest and extensive involvement in Frederick are evident in his paintings, writings, and in his numerous activities and accomplishments.
He attended and graduated from Frederick High School. He also attended Frederick Community College where he graduated with an Associate Arts degree. Ron then attended the University of Maryland, College Park and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and government. Ron completed his formal education by earning a Masters of Education degree in administration and supervision from Western Maryland College (later McDaniel College) in Westminster, Maryland. Ron became a teacher in the Frederick County Public Schools and taught at the Yellow Springs Elementary School from 1967 to 1973.
Ron became involved in local politics in the late 1960s, primarily in the Frederick County Young Democrats organization. Ron ran for the Frederick City Board of Alderman in 1969, and was elected and served on the Board of Aldermen from 1970-1974.
Ron assumed the role of mayor in 1974 at the age of 34. He was re-elected as mayor in 1977, 1981 and 1985.
Among the many accomplishments achieved or begun during Young's years as mayor were:
The Carroll Creek flood control project
The Market Street underground wiring project
The Weinberg Center for the Arts
Harry Grove Stadium
Clustered Spires Golf Course
Several parking garages, the revitalization of downtown Frederick
Ron has worked in commercial real estate, as a part-time college instructor at Frederick Community College, and as a consultant in the years immediately following his final term as mayor.
In 1991, he accepted Governor William Donald Schaefer's request to work for the State of Maryland in the Maryland Department of Planning. Ron later served under Governor Parris Glendening as the Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and served as the Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Planning until leaving in 2000 after a dispute with Mr. Glendening. Young was actively involved in the Smart Growth program while at the Department of Planning, and gave speeches across the country in support of Smart Growth.
In 2001, Ron accepted the position of town manager of Indian Head, Maryland. He helped Indian Head to receive funding for many vital projects, and served until 2005. In 2010, he decided to run for the Maryland State Senate in District 3.
As State Senator, Ron serves as a member of:
The Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee
The Alcoholic Beverages Subcommittee
The Environment Subcommittee
The Labor, Licensing, and Regulation Subcommittee
The Joint Subcommittee on Program Open Space and Agricultural Land Preservation
The Environment Committee for the National Conference of State Legislators
Task Force on Green Technology, Life Science, and Health Information Technology Loan Assistance Repayment Program
Governor’s Advisory Commission on Maryland Wine and Grape Growing
The Senate representative to the Financial Education and Capability Commission
Maryland Rural Caucus and the Environmental Caucus
Ron serves on several boards in the community:
The Board of Directors for Goodwill,
Is past president of and serves on the board of East Frederick Rising.
Chairman of the Festival of Arts for the Frederick Arts Council.