Kicking Things Off in Style

On Sunday, July 17, I was honored to be joined by a crowd of family, friends, neighbors, fellow officials, and other supporters at Griffith Park next to City Hall to officially kick off my campaign for reelection to the Gaithersburg City Council.

Mayor Sidney Katz offered a gracious introduction, and I spoke about three overarching themes that have guided my work during my first term on the Council and that will continue to guide me going forward:  economic development, sustainability, and service to others.

I was also honored to have several state and county elected officials in attendance, including Sen. Jennie Forehand, Dels. Luiz Simmons, Craig Zucker, Eric Luedtke, and Anne Kaiser, County Councilman Marc Elrich, and former City Councilmember Dolly Kildee.  And of course, it was great to have my colleagues Mike Sesma, Jud Ashman, and Cathy Drzyzgula there.

We collected several signatures for our ballot petition and raised a good amount of campaign funds, while enjoying the sunny weather and terrific pizza from Slice of Olde Towne.  Even the bottled water was from “Deer Park” in honor of Gaithersburg’s own Deer Park Road/Drive!  The children in attendance played on the city’s playground and colored handmade campaign posters.

We also got some good press.  The Gaithersburg Patch ran a nice story about the event which you can read here.  The election is in November, but it will be here before we know it, and we have lots of work to do.  Can you help with volunteering, taking a yard sign, making a donation, or hosting a coffee?  Contact us at  And thanks so much for your support.


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