MOUNT AIRY - Clearing the initial hurdle in her political comeback attempt, former Mayor Linda R. Boyer survived Monday's primary in her bid to win a seat on the Frederick County Board of Commissioners.
Boyer, who was beaten in Mount Airy's mayoral race in May, will move on to November's general election after finishing among the top five Republican candidates in the primary.
The former two-term mayor collected 2,849 votes, which earned her third place behind Republicans David Gray (3,535) and Thomas E. Van Pelt (3,111). Ten GOP candidates competed in the primary, as did 15 Democratic hopefuls.
The May defeat to Gerald R. Johnson capped a stormy close to Boyer's four-year stint as Mount Airy mayor, which was marked by controversies ranging from dogged criticism from a citizens' group to losing a $775,000 slander suit brought against her by a local developer, which later was settled by the insurance company for $80,000.
Though buoyed by her primary win, Boyer said last week she did not enter the Frederick race seeking political redemption.
"I learned a lot during my four years as mayor, and I learned a lot by losing that election," Boyer said. "Mostly, that you do the best you can. And if you do your best and don't win, that's no reason to go away.
"In my four years as mayor, I think I did an outstanding job for Mount Airy. I don't think I did anything wrong."
The five Republican winners -- which included Howard S. Wilson (2,795) and A. Delmar Rippeon (2,287) -- will be lumped with the top five Democrat vote-getters in the primary. Voters will select five commissioners from that group of 10 candidates.
Frederick's commissioners earn $22,000, but will be paid $30,000 starting next year, the same as in Carroll County.
However, in Frederick, the commissioners are considered full-time, working three days a week, in addition to two regular monthly meetings. In Carroll, the commissioners are part-time, meeting at least twice weekly.