2021 | Politics

Ashman running for re-election as Gaithersburg mayor

Plus: Sobratti running for District 39 delegate

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Mayor Jud Ashman running for re-election

Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman is running for re-election in this year’s municipal election, he confirmed in an email on Friday.

Ashman had already launched a re-election campaign website, but hadn’t made a formal announcement about his candidacy prior to Friday.

Ashman has served as mayor of the city since 2014 and previously was a council member for seven years.

Council Member Laurie-Anne Sayles, who was elected to the council in 2017, said she is not running for re-election in the city this year. Instead, she plans to discuss her future at events in Silver Spring on Tuesday and Darnestown on Wednesday.

Sayles declined to elaborate to Bethesda Beat on Friday, saying she didn’t want to “ruin the surprise,” but the events will center on “the future of our county and what role, if any, I can possibly play in shaping the future of our county in playing a more impactful role as we move forward and recover from the pandemic and transition to revitalize this economy.”

Council Member Mike Sesma, whose seat is also up for re-election this year, said on Friday that he will be “making an announcement very soon,” but declined to elaborate. Sesma has served on the council since 2005.

Two challengers have filed to run for City Council.

Businessman Dave Belgard announced his candidacy in late April.

 Jim McNulty, a candidate for Gaithersburg City Council four years ago, announced on Tuesday that he would try again for a council seat.

McNulty, who has worked for several local television stations and is now employed at Gigawatt Group, a local boutique digital marketing agency, said one of his top priorities is diversifying local industry in Gaithersburg.

“We need to make Gaithersburg an even more attractive place to create more jobs,” McNulty said in a campaign video. “Not just biotech, but all kinds of jobs: office jobs, union jobs, skilled labor and entrepreneurs.”

Some of his other top priorities, according to his campaign website, include redeveloping  Lakeforest Mall and the surrounding areas and reinvesting in Olde Towne Gaithersburg and along the Md. 355 corridor.

In 2017, he finished last out of four candidates for City Council, with 1,298 votes, or about 20% of the vote.

Gaithersburg’s municipal election is scheduled for Nov. 2. The mayor and council members serve staggered four-year terms.

Sobratti files for House of Delegates District 39

A Realtor who lives in Montgomery Village is trying a second time for a House of Delegates seat.

Clint Sobratti, 47, ran for the House in the 39th District — which covers Montgomery Village and parts of Germantown — in 2018. Sobratti, a Democrat, is running for that seat again in next year’s primary.

In 2018, he finished last out of seven candidates, earning 4.5% of the vote. The district’s current delegates are Gabriel Acevero, Lesley Lopez and Kirill Reznik.

Sobratti is also a vice president for UFCW Local 1994 MCGEO, a public sector union representing more than 5,300 county government employees.

Sobratti could not be reached for comment by phone or email Monday.

The primary election is scheduled for June 28, 2022.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com

Steve Bohnel can be reached at steve.bohnel@bethesdamagazine.com