FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. — Frederick County native Kavonte Duckett broke barriers Tuesday by becoming the County Council’s first African-American member elected to office.
“It is a surreal moment. Frederick County is celebrating 275 years of history next year, and to be the first – I would have never thought it,” Duckett said Tuesday night. “But I’m glad that I am in this position and I hope to bring a number of folks up behind me so that we can carry on this mantle.”
Duckett said his family has lived in Frederick County for seven generations and is glad they’ve been able to call it home for so long.
He said he first ran for office in 2018 and fell short, but he “came back better than ever.”
Duckett, 28, will join the Frederick County Council and said he hopes his election will motivate other people of color in the county to follow suit.
“I believe that now is our time, and we are going to do everything that we can do to make sure that everybody in this county has a seat at the table,” Duckett said. “I committed to that on day one, and I’m going to make sure it happens. Representation is everything.”– Troy Pope, WUSA9
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