Dear Rockville Neighbor,
Thank you for the privilege of serving as Mayor of our City. I’ve been fortunate in many ways to represent you – some in a small way like starting an after school book club at Maryvale Elementary School, initiating the Financial Advisory Board, starting the Rockville Youth Commission to engage our future leaders; and some in a bigger way – like being elected to Chair the Metropolitan Washington Regional Transportation Planning Board, resulting in being awarded the Elizabeth and David Scull Public Service Award for leading the effort to secure more funding for the Metro with our regional partners. Maryland, DC and Virginia have put Metro on more solid ground. As Mayor – I testified before the WMATA Board and now, during rush hour, all trains go through to Shady Grove instead of every other one turning around at Grosvenor. I strongly advocated that MCPS build Bayard Rustin, our newest elementary school, out to full size, and most recently after years of involvement, I served as President of the Maryland Municipal League, giving Rockville a prominent seat at the table to assure Maryland’s municipalities receive our fair share from the State. During my terms as Mayor, State Highway User Revenues have been restored, annually resulting in several million dollars of additional funding to help us maintain our roads.
I moved to the City of Rockville in 1981 and have lived in 3 different neighborhoods. What makes Rockville feel like a small town in a big city are our safe neighborhoods, excellent city services, parks and amenities, and great schools. We are fortunate to have a strong and involved community, evidenced by the hundreds of people who volunteer on boards/commissions, support our youth teams and mentor our students. Recently Rockville launched an opioid awareness campaign and September is Rockville Goes Purple month. We approved the Pedestrian Safety Advocacy Committee, guiding us towards Vision Zero and are looking for new and better ways to create safer walking conditions and more bike paths.
We must continue to work with our partners across all sectors to envision the future of Redgate and the King Farm Farmstead. Let’s collaborate and bring the KID Museum to Rockville which would create a regional destination, and let’s create an arts and culture district to showcase all the incredible talent we have in our City.
We have an opportunity to move Rockville forward by listening to everyone’s ideas and being bold in our vision. Together we will ensure that we meet the needs of our diverse and growing community.
Thank you for your consideration – I would appreciate your vote!