Thanks to the hard work and support of so many of you, our campaign received the HIGHEST number of votes of any candidate in the November 2011 election, and also came in first place in five of the six polling places and in absentee and provisional ballots. (We tied for second in one polling place.)
I can’t say it enough times to my family, friends, volunteers, donors, supporters, and voters: From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact us with questions, concerns, or ideas!
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, 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 took 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 and attracted hundreds of high-tech jobs as well as retaining hundreds of others, not to mention the ancillary jobs that these will support.
- Our focus on Sustainability produced more cutting-edge environmental efforts such as strict green building codes, 65-gallon recycle bins, “green streets”, 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 a five-year plan, no debt, thoughtful spending cuts, 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 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 another four years.
Vice President, Gaithersburg City Council