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It has been an honor to work with my colleagues on the Gaithersburg City Council in a spirit of consensus and nonpartisanship to provide innovative and thoughtful leadership in very challenging times. In 2009, Forbes Magazine ranked us # 24 on the list of “America’s Best Places to Move,” and Business Week named us the # 1 spot in all of Maryland on its annual list of “Best Places to Raise Your Kids.” In 2012, while I was serving my first one-year stint as Vice President of the City Council, CNN/Money Magazine ranked Gaithersburg # 23 among its “Best Places to Live” in the entire nation. I am proud of the work we have done to maintain and improve our outstanding quality of life.
- On Economic Development, we have taken bold steps that have helped Gaithersburg emerge from the Great Recession far ahead of other cities. Our “Toolbox” and other initiatives have helped restart stalled construction projects all over the City — including major new transit-oriented Smart Growth developments at Crown Farm, Olde Towne, and Watkins Mill — and attracted hundreds of high-tech jobs as well as retaining hundreds of others. I also spearheaded a fund to assist with marketing small businesses on Main Street.
- Our focus on Sustainability produced more cutting-edge environmental efforts such as strict green building codes, the acquisition of significant new park space, 65-gallon recycle bins, “green streets”, a clean vehicle fleet, and the nation’s first LEED Platinum youth center. We also showed Sustainability in our responsible stewardship of the City’s long-term fiscal health, with no debt, thoughtful budgeting, and the lowest tax rate of the 20 largest cities in the state.
- Finally, my commitment of Service to Others is reflected in preserving and increasing funding for nonprofit programs and affordable housing laws that help the most vulnerable, responding quickly and thoroughly to address constituent concerns, and prioritizing public safety by strengthening our Police Department and our Emergency Operations.
I am very grateful for the generous support of so many in our community, and I am honored to have received the privilege to serve you for two terms. But there is more to be done. Running a city is about balance among many priorities, responsible management, and creative problem-solving. As the economy strengthens, we need to ensure opportunity for everyone by investing wisely in programs and services, and we need to preserve the great quality of our neighborhoods, our schools, and our environment, while keeping Gaithersburg an attractive place for businesses and job creation. I hope I have earned your vote for another term, and I kindly ask for your support.
Gaithersburg City Council Vice President