It’s been a busy week for Team Spiegel as Election Day approaches. First off, thanks to the many volunteers who have helped us with events, canvassing, and spreading the word.
The latest campaign finance reports were due to City Hall on Monday, and my report was promptly certified by the Board of Supervisors of Elections. Then later on Monday evening, my colleagues and I gathered for the last regular City Council meeting before the election. We approved the purchase of new high-tech equipment to help our Police fight crime. We were treated to the reading of the award-winning student essays from the CHARACTER COUNTS! Week Adult Heroes Writing Contest. We discussed our ongoing proceedings against Pepco and our priorities for the 2012 state legislative session in Annapolis. And we approved a technical change that will allow the Craftstar at Summit Crossing development to be completed with several new high-quality residential units in Olde Towne.
On Tuesday, I read to a great crowd of students at the bustling Gaithersburg Elementary School Book Fair, run by the school’s PTA to raise funds to benefit GES. Then I attended a candidate meet-and-greet hosted by my neighbor and good friend Jeanne Ellinport.
Wednesday night I was happy to attend the final candidates’ forum, sponsored by the Kentlands Citizens Assembly, where I spoke about the positive story of Gaithersburg’s ability to jumpstart smart growth and attract and retain thousands of jobs over the last couple years despite a recession. I also recounted the many constituent services and community improvements that I spearheaded in Kentlands and Lakelands.
Thursday was a whirlwind. I joined several city and county officials to cut the ribbon on the new Watkins Mill Road extension; presented Character Counts! awards to an auditorium full of students, parents, and teachers; and met with the Maryland Municipal League and the County Council to debate about Pepco and the proposed curfew. All of this is in addition to my day job as an attorney!
As we head into the final two weeks of the campaign, the schedule is only going to get crazier! But I am having a great time meeting with people from all over the city, and I am working hard to craft good policies and deliver results. Don’t forget to register by October 24, and to vote on November 8. If you can volunteer for us on Election Day, we’ll need lots of help, so contact us. Again, thank you for your support!