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Make a wish and blow out the…cigarettes

July 6th is my birthday.  It’s also the day that the Gaithersburg City Council is scheduled to take a final vote on updates to our parks ordinance, which sets forth rules and procedures governing our city parks.  The ordinance hasn’t been updated in several years, and as a matter of course, our staff reviews sections of our city code every few years and proposed updates to modernize our laws and keep them in line with new developments in technology or regulation and other best practices.

The update to the parks ordinance seemed like the perfect opportunity to revisit what I consider to be a gaping void in our city laws: regulation of the use of cigarettes and other tobacco products.  While virtually every other jurisdiction in the region has adopted laws to prohibit smoking in parks and playgrounds (including Frederick, Hagerstown, Bowie, Greenbelt, Rockville, Montgomery Village, Takoma Park, Montgomery County, and D.C.), Gaithersburg never has.  That means that people are technically allowed to smoke at city parks, outdoor concerts, ball fields, the water park and miniature golf course, and even public playgrounds.  City staff has politely asked attendees to limit their smoking in some of these facilities, but staff has no legal authority if someone refuses to comply.  So, I proposed an amendment to ban smoking and other tobacco/nicotine product use in and adjacent to the city’s public playgrounds.

Interestingly, because Montgomery County’s ban on smoking in playgrounds was implemented using the County’s authority to regulate public health, the County’s ban applies to privately owned playgrounds within the City, such as those owned and maintained by Homeowners’ Associations.  But the County law does not apply to the city’s public playgrounds.  So we have an inconsistent standard in place within the city right now.  I discovered this wrinkle when I personally watched two smokers puffing away and blowing their clouds of chemicals toward my two young children who were playing in a public city playground a few months ago.  I did some research on the city’s smoking laws and was surprised to discover a complete absence of any regulation that would prevent smoking in or adjacent to a public playground.

Opponents of smoking bans in outdoor public spaces sometimes cite their own right as citizens to enjoy those amenities, suggesting that a smoking ban would restrict that right.  But this argument ignores the rights of the many other citizens who want to be able to enjoy public amenities without the nuisance, pollution, and potential health hazards of cigarette smoke (not to mention fire risks and litter).  It also ignores the fact that a smoker is still free to use and enjoy all of these parks and playgrounds, so long as they are not smoking at the time that they are using them.  The flawed assumption in their argument is that they are always smoking — 24/7.  Even heavy smokers should be able to go 20 minutes without a puff while sitting on a playground bench to watch their kids play.  And I am certainly not proposing any restriction on smoking in your own home or car, or even other outdoor spaces at this time.

Even Ocean City, where Gaithersburg’s City Council just spent several days at the Maryland Municipal League convention, has now banned smoking on the entire boardwalk!  Ocean City has also made 99% of its beaches smoke-free, designating very limited areas on the sand for smokers.  If Ocean City, which is entrenched in the Eastern Shore and draws all sorts of revelers from around the state and region, can do it on its boardwalk and beaches, then surely Gaithersburg can do it in our public playgrounds.

Opponents also argue that a ban would be impossible to fully enforce.  Of course we won’t be able to catch every single person who violates a ban, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have the law.  We have laws against speeding even though police don’t catch every single speeder.  We have laws requiring people to pick up their dog’s waste, but we can’t catch every violator.  That doesn’t mean it shouldn’t still be a law.  A citation for a municipal infraction is a reasonable deterrent; those who are caught won’t suffer an overly burdensome punishment but they probably will think twice before doing it again.  And as folks become aware of a ban and hear about others who may have been issued citations, they may also think twice.

There are also too many unknowns about e-cigarette products, so just to be on the safe side, it makes sense to prohibit their use in playgrounds as well for now.  Many nearby jurisdictions have already included e-cigarettes in their prohibitions against smoking in parks.

As a compromise to address the concerns of some of my City Council colleagues, I have proposed a limited ban only in city playgrounds and within a certain number of feet of those playgrounds.  Ultimately I would prefer to see a broader ban in city parks and other outdoor facilities, but for now, I think a ban in playgrounds, where young children are playing, seems more than reasonable and in line with virtually all other jurisdictions in our area.  Gaithersburg prides itself on being a progressive, safe city with a wonderful quality of life, a commitment to health, and outstanding recreational amenities.  We have extensive regulations governing the equipment and designs used in city playgrounds to ensure our children’s safety and enjoyment.  It’s time we had a smoking ban as well.  I am hopeful that most, if not all, of the City Council will support this proposal.

For my birthday on July 6, I am asking my City Council colleagues for only one thing: Please vote to support my amendment, so I can make a wish, and blow out the cigarettes.

UPDATE: After the final vote was pushed back by a week, my proposal was adopted on July 13.  The ban on smoking and e-cigarettes at city playgrounds took effect on August 3.  Thanks to all who supported this! 

Still fighting racism in 2015

As the shock and disgust continues to reverberate nationally from the video of members of the University of Oklahoma chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon performing a horribly racist chant, followed by revelations of a racist email from a member of Kappa Sigma at the University of Maryland, I can’t help but think back to 15 years ago when I and several of my fellow undergrads at the University of Maryland were interviewed by Wolf Blitzer for a CNN segment. The topic was the way in which college students would often “self-segregate” on campus, meaning that students of a particular ethnic, racial, or religious background tend to socialize with other students of similar background. As we sat around talking in May 2000, the diverse panel of student leaders readily acknowledged the phenomenon, and the fact that it comes with certain benefits: a genuine sense of community and cultural support from spending time with those of similar perspective and backgrounds. There is value in that.

But I had the last word in the segment, and I stressed the need to balance a reasonable amount of so-called “self-segregation” with “the ability and the willingness to go out and to interact with students who are not similar to yourself” – in short, to do both, because if surrounding yourself with those who are just like you is all you do, then that’s a problem.

Coincidentally, for that interview I proudly wore a shirt displaying the Greek letters of my fraternity, Alpha Sigma Phi. I was just 21 years old and had served as the president of Alpha Sigma Phi’s chapter at the University of Maryland. In the first few years after that interview I regretted wearing that shirt because I thought it looked unprofessional. But now, looking back, I am glad I wore it, because, knowing the topic of the interview, I wanted to send a message that a fraternity should be an organization that embraces and celebrates diversity and that lives up to the high ideals espoused by its creed. Indeed, I had founded the chapter with other idealistic young men precisely because we wanted to build a new, 21st century model of Greek life that eschewed the old stereotypes of Animal House. We wanted to demonstrate that we could build a true brotherhood that was seriously committed to diversity, community service, academics, and ethical leadership.

Contrast that with Sigma Alpha Epsilon. My fraternity chapter attracted members of all races and religions, who – by joining in brotherhood – learned to respect their differences. It grew to be a great success, and it still is today. While Sigma Alpha Epsilon has been forced to close numerous chapters and even deal with multiple deaths in recent years, Alpha Sigma Phi’s national organization has grown larger than ever, opening several new chapters on campuses around the continent at a time when many had predicted the demise of Greek-letter organizations. By embracing universal values and working to create meaningful and positive experiences tailored to today’s diverse student population, my national fraternity has flourished. It is important to note, of course, that the horrid actions of one chapter do not represent the views of a national fraternity. And to its credit, the national leadership of SAE has harshly condemned the racist incident. Nor is Alpha Sigma Phi by any means the only national fraternity to boast successful growth anchored in diversity and core values.

But the fact remains that 15 years after that CNN interview about the rise of “self-segregation,” on the 50th anniversary of the Selma march, in what some observers predicted would be a post-racial America, we still see so much discrimination; whether it’s in Ferguson, Missouri, the University of Oklahoma, or the way that some question how much the President of the United States loves America; whether it’s against African Americans, Latino Americans, Asian Americans, LGBT Americans, Jewish Americans, Muslim Americans, Americans with disabilities, or others. A recent report found that even the Millennial generation is more racist than we had been led to believe.

I am proud of what I said 15 years ago on CNN, and I am proud that I wore the letters of Alpha Sigma Phi. It was, and is, a reflection of my human values, my religious values, my fraternity values, and my commitment to change society for the better. And it rings even more true today amidst the turmoil we see in the headlines. It is my genuine hope that 15 years from now, while we may still continue to draw strength, support, and historical perspective from our own respective ethnic, religious, and racial communities, as a nation we will better reflect “the ability and the willingness to go out and to interact” with those who are not similar to ourselves – to learn from them and teach them, to respect and befriend them, and to become their brothers in the fraternity of humankind.

The Laboratories of Local Government

I’ve been seeing a lot of discussion lately among pundits, policymakers, and academics about how local governments may be the new frontier for progressive experimentation.

A recent Washington Post headline postulated that incoming NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio could usher in a “new era of liberal governance.”  The article synopsis on the Post’s homepage suggested that “his administration would become a laboratory for modern progressivism.”  I was particularly struck by the word “laboratory.”

The very same day, I received the latest issue of the Harvard Law & Policy Review in my mailbox.  No offense to this esteemed publication, but I am normally not taken aback by the article topics, which tend to address hyper-technical aspects of law and policy and be geared toward academic thought.  But Volume 7-2 was a symposium titled “Progressive Cities: Innovative Solutions to Urban Problems.”  It included, among others, an article by Michael Negron, the Chief of Policy to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (and, incidentally, the co-founder and first president of the Harvard Law & Policy Review), which opened with this paragraph:

Washington-bashing is a tried and true tonic for local elected officials looking to portray their work as prodigious when compared to federal sclerosis.  Amidst bona fide dysfunction and partisan gridlock in the nation’s capital, however, local governments have received more attention as laboratories of innovative policy making.  In recognition of the increasing national significance of urban policy making, President Barack Obama established a White House Office of Urban Affairs.  Following failures at the federal level to achieve progress on a host of issues, cities have launched vacant land-use initiatives, rigorous gun control regimes, and public-private infrastructure banks.  These successes should embolden local leaders to greet federal and state inaction on issues of local importance as opportunities to develop novel solutions that can serve as examples for other municipalities to follow.

Michael Negron, Limited Authority, Big Impact: Chicago’s Sustainability Policies and How Cities Can Push an Agenda Amidst Federal and State Inaction, Harvard Law & Policy Review 7-2 at 277 (2013) (footnotes omitted).

Then, during oral arguments for the public prayer case on November 6th, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan called local government “the most responsive institution of government that exists.”

Indeed, in the absence of federal and state leadership, local governments have recently taken it upon themselves to try to raise our region’s minimum wage.  Meanwhile, progressive educational and advocacy groups geared toward municipal leaders have been springing up lately.  For instance, Local Progress was founded a little less than a year ago as a network of progressive local elected officials around the country who share model legislation, best practices, and innovative policy ideas specifically for local governments.  As its website notes, “Many organizations focus on federal and state policy, but too few pay attention to our nation’s cities and counties.  Local Progress is filling that gap.”  The rise of such organizations is a warmly welcomed development, but it begs the question, “why now?”  Why not 10 or 20 or 50 years ago?

I’m not sure why this mantra is coalescing at this particular time.  Perhaps, as Negron argues, people are finally just fed up with holding out hope for federal and state government institutions to ever be nimble and forward-thinking enough to take a leadership role on certain issues.  Congress can’t even pass a budget, let alone ENDA or immigration reform or a new Voting Rights Act that will supplant the Supreme Court’s recent ruling invalidating the VRA.  Statehouses (though thankfully not Maryland’s) are riddled with legislators and governors who are refusing to implement the ACA, are peeling back environmental regulations, are gerrymandering tea-party Congressional districts, are placing restrictions on a woman’s right to choose (again), and are transparently trying to restrict the fundamental right to vote for minorities, women, and the elderly with onerous Voter ID laws.

So it’s no wonder we are pivoting toward the level of government that is closest, most accessible, and most receptive to voters to try to make some headway on the grand challenges of our time–the new front in the movement toward progress.  After all, it was then-mayor of San Francisco Gavin Newsom who challenged the discriminatory marriage laws of California by conducting gay weddings on the steps of City Hall back in February 2004, leading to the eventual implementation of marriage equality throughout the State.

Local governments are also usually comprised of a much smaller group of legislators, making it more feasible logistically for legislators to get together and talk things out.  Plus, local legislatures usually aren’t hampered by draconian procedural rules like filibusters and committee bureaucracies offering a thousand ways to “kill a bill.”  In Gaithersburg, for example, with our five-member Council, a majority requires only three “aye” votes.

But whatever the reason, I’m glad to see the drumbeat of this message of local government leadership getting louder, especially since I’ve been preaching this approach for years.

Back in February 2010, I wrote a guest blog for Maryland Politics Watch in which I recounted my proposal shortly after I was first elected to the Gaithersburg City Council to explore a voluntary public campaign financing system.  I argued that the municipal sphere offered one of the most promising avenues for actually passing campaign finance reform legislation in Maryland, and I wrote this: “We all learned in high school civics class that our dual sovereignty system of government encourages states to be laboratories of innovation, particularly when the federal government is reluctant to embrace change. By the same token, Maryland has more than 150 cities and towns that can serve as laboratories of innovation for the Counties and the State.”

As a local government official, I know how important it is to try to work together with our state and federal leaders to get big things done.  And I am grateful for the incredible support and cooperation that we receive in Gaithersburg.  But perhaps it is time to usher in a new era in which local government is recognized as the primary driver of progress in our society.  The scope of local government authority is obviously much more limited than that of the state and federal governments, but we are small and flexible enough to explore, experiment, and implement new ideas much faster.  With creativity and vision, bolstered by community support, local governments have been — and will continue to be — leading the way on a whole host of policy areas from climate change to civil rights, from job creation to healthcare, and beyond.  So let’s think globally and act locally.

Why You Should Vote — even in uncontested elections.

Tomorrow is Election Day in the City of Gaithersburg for the position of mayor and for two councilmember seats.  (I am not on the ballot myself as we have staggered terms.)

A few citizens have asked recently why they should bother to vote, or why the City is even holding an election, given that the incumbents are all running unopposed.  One person suggested that the entire exercise of holding an election under these circumstances smacks of the sort of illusory “elections” held in some autocratic, one-party nations.  (What happened recently in Azerbaijan would have been funny if it wasn’t so sad.)  Another citizen wondered if it was a responsible use of taxpayer dollars to fund an election when the outcome is already guaranteed.

As an initial matter, we are required by law to hold this election.  Section 31 of the City’s Charter mandates that an election shall be conducted at this time, regardless of how many candidates are running.  So we don’t really have a choice.

But beyond that, I feel strongly that no election should ever be cancelled simply because it is uncontested.  The franchise is the one fundamental right from which all other rights flow in a democratic society.  Daniel Webster said “that the exercise of the elective franchise is a social duty of as solemn a nature as man can be called to perform.”  It is precisely because of elections that we have the ability to hold our officials accountable, even if we don’t always use that ability. For that reason, the very exercise of the act of casting our ballots, of being counted, is important — apart from the outcome of the election.  I imagine that the many new citizens we swear in during our annual naturalization ceremony on the grounds of City Hall would tend to agree.  Indeed, George Washington ran essentially unopposed in our nation’s very first presidential election, but I doubt that many of the Founding Fathers or other voters of that era felt that it was not worth having an election.

Moreover, maintaining a regular, predictable schedule for elections is important for solidifying the trust and credibility of institutions of government.  If a voter arrives at his usual polling place on Election Day only to discover that the election has been cancelled, that might foment uncertainty and discourage him or her from showing up to vote in future elections.  For this reason, I believe it is imperative to keep all the polls open as usual on Election Day.

Even in an uncontested election, citizens may cast votes as a protest against, or an affirmation of, certain candidates or policies.  Rather than succumbing to cynicism, we should heed the idealistic advice of Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Those who stay away from the election think that one vote will do no good: ‘Tis but one step more to think one vote will do no harm.”

As for the costs associated with conducting an election, I agree that reasonable steps can be taken in circumstances where the candidates are unopposed to reduce the expenses for advertising.  For example, where possible the City could order fewer banners or newspaper ads announcing the election.  Similarly, where a full-color publication educating the public about each of the candidates and their views would certainly be justified during a contested election, the City might scale back to a smaller, black-and-white version for uncontested races.  However, there are practical problems with implementing these types of changes.  For one thing, we don’t really know whether a race will be uncontested until the deadline for candidates to file has passed and the Board of Supervisors of Elections has certified the candidates.  This usually doesn’t happen until about just 5 or 6 weeks before Election Day, in order to provide enough time to let potential candidates decide whether they want to run, collect signatures, and file their paperwork.  In fact, our later filing deadline is consistent with a desire to make it easier, not harder, for challengers to enter the race.  But the downside is that funds are already dedicated and orders are usually already placed for ads and marketing materials touting the election by the time the candidate list is finalized.

We are not Azerbaijan.  In our society, other potential candidates for office are just as free to decide that they do not want to run as they are to decide that they do.  In that sense, an uncontested election is just as much an exercise of freedom and democracy as a contested one.  While we cannot say for sure, it is possible that the fact that the incumbents were not challenged reflects a general feeling among the voting population that the incumbents are doing a good job and deserve reelection.  It is also possible that the lack of challengers reflects a pervasive sense of apathy among the citizenry, in which case it is only the voters, as a whole, who are to blame for the absence of a contest.  Or perhaps in today’s digital age of social media, more people feel that they have sufficient alternative avenues to express their views, spread their messages, and spur social change without necessarily having to run for public office.

Regardless, as Jim Hightower said, “Democracy is not something that happens just at election time, and it’s not something that happens just with one event. It’s an ongoing building process. But it also ought to be a part of our culture, a part of our lives.”  Echoing this sentiment, the simultaneously communal and highly personal act of standing up and being counted every two years is an essential part of the organic and evolving spirit of Democracy.  With every passing election, contested or not, we build upon that foundation and, in so doing, improve the chances that Democracy will survive and flourish in the generations to come.  And that’s why I’ll be voting tomorrow.  I hope you will join me.

Gaithersburg continues to be recognized nationally as an outstanding City.

In 2012, CNN/Money Magazine ranked Gaithersburg as the 23rd Best Place to Live in all of America, jumping up two slots from the City’s ranking in 2010 as the 25th best place to live in the nation.

Additionally, the City of Gaithersburg recently received the Voice of the People Award for Excellence in the area of Code Enforcement from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and the National Research Center, Inc. (NRC).  Gaithersburg received the award based on ratings received from a community-wide survey conducted in the fall of 2011.  The survey results were compared with those for hundreds of other local governments around the nation, and Gaithersburg was among the top three cities in the category of Code Enforcement, which asked respondents for feedback on efforts to control such things as weeds, junked cars, and abandoned buildings.  Gaithersburg also scored very well in a number of other categories on the national survey.

Gaithersburg continues to draw national attention as an outstanding City with a great quality of life and excellent government services.  Congratulations to the city staff, residents, businesses, nonprofits, and volunteers who play a huge role in building and maintaining our terrific reputation.

Frederick-Gaithersburg-Bethesda area ranked among top 5 most secure communities in the U.S.

As reported on WTOP’s website on December 22, 2011:

WASHINGTON — A new ranking lists the Frederick-Gaithersburg-Bethesda area as one of the most secure metropolitan places to live nationwide.

In its eighth annual ranking of areas with more than 500,000 residents, Farmer’s Insurance Group lists the heavily-populated Maryland area as the fifth most secure place to live….

No. 1 on the most secure list was Pittsburgh, which moved up 10 slots from the year before. Next came Rochester, N.Y., El Paso, Texas and Syracuse, N.Y.

To compile the rankings, experts at bestplaces.net looked at crime statistics, extreme weather, natural disaster risk, housing depreciation, foreclosures and job loss numbers, to name a few. In total, they studied 379 municipalities.

For more information on Farmers Insurance Group’s Eighth Annual Most Secure Places to Live in the U.S. study, click here.

 

Season’s Greetings from Team Spiegel

Dear Friends,

It’s been about six weeks since the Gaithersburg City Council election, and we are finally recovered from the campaign trail!  December has been a time of wonderful blessings for me and my family.  Jack celebrated his first birthday, we had many occasions to get together with family and friends to enjoy the season and to toast our decisive electoral victory, and my colleagues on the City Council unanimously elected me Vice President of the Council for the coming year.

We’ve also enjoyed many of the outstanding seasonal events and programs offered by the City of Gaithersburg — including Winter Lights (which is still running through New Year’s Eve!), the Jingle Jubilee (which had tremendous attendance!), and the Kentlands tree lighting where Jack got to go on stage and help Mayor Katz light the tree!  These events are among our favorite traditions this time of year, and I hope you and your family have taken advantage of the wide range of free and/or inexpensive entertainment available.  For those who are interested, you may also want to check out the Chanukah Fire Truck Parade on December 22.  And as you finish your last-minute holiday shopping, I encourage you to Buy Local to support our neighborhood businesses.

This is also a time of year to remember those who are still struggling.  Please consider giving to the City of Gaithersburg’s Holiday Giving Program or any of the other worthy charities serving our community.  And please remember to take a moment to thank those who serve us — whether it’s our Armed Forces servicemembers and veterans, our police and other public safety workers, or the folks who volunteer countless hours to make our community better.

I want to say “THANK YOU!” one more time for all of your support.  As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any thoughts or questions.  We’re looking forward to a fabulous 2012.

Wishing you and yours a healthy, joyous, and meaningful Holiday Season, and a Happy New Year,

Ryan S. Spiegel
Vice President, Gaithersburg City Council

Spiegel Elected Gaithersburg Council Vice President

At the December 5, 2011 Gaithersburg Mayor and City Council meeting, Ryan Spiegel was unanimously elected to a one-year term as Vice President.  Council Member Spiegel has served on the City Council since 2007 and was re-elected to a four-year term during the 2011 City Council elections with the highest number of votes of any candidate.

Ryan Spiegel“I’m grateful to the Mayor and my colleagues on the City Council for their confidence in me, and I will make every effort to represent the City of Gaithersburg well during my term as Vice President of the City Council,” said Spiegel.

By Gaithersburg City Code, Part 1, Section 8, the Council annually elects a Vice President from amongst its members.  The Vice President acts as President in the absence of the President and is entitled to vote on any decision by the Council.  The Mayor serves as President of the Council.  As such, the Mayor takes part in discussions but does not vote on matters before the Council.


Local media report on Ryan’s decisive victory.

From the Town Courier:

Incumbents Win Four More Years, Spiegel is Top Vote Getter.

From the Patch:

Incumbents Re-elected to City Council.

From the Gazette:

Incumbents hold on in Gaithersburg election.

From WTOP:

Incumbents reign in local Md. elections.

From WUSA 9:

Ryan Spiegel, Jud Ashman and Cathy Drzyzgula.

 

 

Spiegel announces more than 100 endorsements

For immediate release

Gaithersburg, MD – City Councilman Ryan Spiegel today announced the endorsement of more than one hundred city residents for his re-election campaign, along with a broad swath of endorsements from city, county, and state officials, as well as the Gazette newspaper.

“I am proud and grateful to have the endorsement of so many Gaithersburg residents,” Spiegel said.  “It’s a reflection of the constituent services and thoughtful leadership that I have worked hard to provide.” While endorsements from other elected officials are also welcome, it’s the endorsements from members of the community that speak the most powerfully, Spiegel added.

Spiegel has also been endorsed by the Gazette newspaper, which praised his innovative ‘Bank on Gaithersburg’ program and called him “bullish on constituent services” with “a thoughtful pro-business perspective.”

Additionally, a host of city, county, and state officials have endorsed Spiegel for re-election.  “One of the important tasks of a city council member is to work together with all levels of government in the best interest of Gaithersburg,” Spiegel explained.  “Strong relationships with folks at the county, state, and federal level have helped me serve as an effective advocate for the needs of our residents and businesses in Gaithersburg.”

Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz echoed that sentiment. “Re-electing Ryan Spiegel is an easy call.  He works with others and delivers results,” Katz said.

A complete list of the endorsements from residents and from elected officials follows.  The endorsement list continues to grow, and residents who would like to add their names should emailRyan@RyanSpiegel.com.  Election Day is November 8, 2011, and polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

ENDORSEMENTS BY ELECTED OFFICIALS/PUBLICATIONS:

Mayor Sidney Katz
City Councilmember Mike Sesma

The Gazette newspaper

Attorney General Doug Gansler
Sherriff Darren Popkin

Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola
Senator Jennie Forehand
Senator Nancy King
Senator Roger Manno
Senator Jamie Raskin

House Majority Leader Kumar Barve
Delegate Luiz Simmons
Delegate Kirill Reznik
Delegate Brian Feldman
Delegate Eric Luedtke
Delegate Anne Kaiser
Delegate Craig Zucker
Delegate Shane Robinson
Delegate Bill Frick
Former Delegate Cheryl Kagan

County Councilmember Phil Andrews
County Councilmember Marc Elrich
County Councilmember Hans Riemer
County Councilmember Craig Rice
County Councilmember Roger Berliner
County Councilmember George Leventhal
County Councilmember Nancy Navarro

Board of Education Member Judy Docca

ENDORSEMENTS BY GAITHERSBURG RESIDENTS:

Elly Shaw-Belblidia
Lynn Noelli
Mike Novelli
Allison Gordon-Beecher
Ken Beecher
Mark Ezrin
Debbie Block Ezrin
Jennifer Allen
Joe Allen
Rebecca Kotok
Aaron Kotok
Susan Goldberg
David Goldberg
Carole Sutton
Virginia Joehl
Jeff Joehl
Sarah Fronstin
Paul Fronstin
Julie Weber
David Weber
Roy Fleischer
Lori Pellnitz
Ira Golden
Al Wurglitz
Richard Arkin
Rachel Hopp
Jessica Emami
Ted Hopp
Marsha Hopp
Lew Fontek
Liz Fontek
Ladonn Lunghi
Mike Aubrey
Elaine Koch
Mike Fox
Sherry Fox
Paula Reamer Fischthal
Rebecca Smondrowski
Nannette Horan
Marty Horan
Sue Vest
Ken Vest
Kevin Wales
Robert Stephens
Judith Benkendorf
Steve Withrow
Dan Shaivitz
Burton Goldstein
Carole Sutton
Lloyd Kaufman
Joe Coratola
Jeanne Ellinport
Jeff Ellinport
Lilah Bennaim
David Bennaim
Stephanie Epstein
Brian Epstein
Julie Belgard
David Belgard
Daphne O’brien
Rusty O’brien
Kim Dalin
Russ Dalin
Jennifer Feinstein
Marc Feinstein
Kyla Reicin
Kael Reicin
Marnie Kaplan
Alan Kaplan
Tracy Alalouf
Stacey Goldsamt
Lori Plazinski
Dallas Lipp
Allison Fisher
Rachel Miller
Howard Miller
Fara Gold
Hunter Gold
Amy Greaser
Jean Bullock
Kim Pallia
Albert Pallia
Debbie Hartten
Allyson Hartten
Sara Gorfinkel
Ron Gorfinkel
Ahmed Ali
Fatema Ali
Susan Scharf
Steven Scharf
Hagar Ansong
Joe Moeltner
Linda Gore
Greg Gore
Anna Freiman
David Freiman
Dolly Kildee
Brian Kildee
Richard McKeon
Elizabeth Gordon
Coleen Siansky
Cory Siansky
Michael Karns
Jo Ellen Kuney
Josh Schuman
Justin Turner
J Persensky
Nicole Hertvik
Eileen Shea
Carlos Solis
Beth Junium
Allison Fisher

Contact Ryan@RyanSpiegel.com to add your name…

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