Carroll County Times

State Sen. Hough, who represents Carroll and Frederick counties, won’t seek reelection

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State Sen. Michael Hough, a Republican who represents Carroll and Frederick counties, won’t seek reelection as he instead plans to run for Frederick County executive.

Hough, 41, made his announcement Monday with a Facebook post that read: “Today I am announcing my candidacy for Frederick County Executive. We cannot let Frederick County become Montgomery County North with overcrowding, congested roads, high taxes and crime.”


The post also included a 48-second video during which Hough repeated that Frederick can’t become “Montgomery County North” as well as pledging support for law enforcement.

The former state delegate has represented District 4 as a state senator since 2015. In October 2020, Hough was elected to be minority whip.


Hough’s term ends in 2023.

Del. Jesse T. Pippy, also a Republican representing Carroll and Frederick counties in District 4, sent an email announcing that he would be “actively exploring running to fill the open State Senate seat.”

Pippy, 38, has served as a delegate since 2019.

“Our strong record as a conservative legislator and effective leader in the Maryland General Assembly demonstrates our ability and qualifications to represent District 4 residents in the Senate,” Pippy said via email. “Our constituents expect results and we look forward to continuing our public service on their behalf, making Maryland the best place to live, work and raise a family!”