Fifteen Candidates File for Rockville City Election
Ballots will be mailed to voters for the Nov. 5 race
Fifteen candidates have filed to run in Rockville’s Nov. 5 nonpartisan municipal election, in which residents will vote for mayor and four city council seats. The deadline for candidates to file was Friday.
In the mayor’s race, incumbent Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton is facing a challenge from Virginia Onley, a city council member. Newton and Onley each are part of five-candidate slates. The other candidates in their slates are running for city council. Voters can choose the entire slate or individual candidates.
Those running with Newton as part of the “Rockville Forward” team are incumbent Council member Beryl Feinberg; Monique Ashton, a public relations executive and coordinator of the Richard Montgomery High School Cluster; Suzan Pitman, formerly the president of the East Rockville Civic Association; and Kuan Lee, an attorney and board member of the Rockville Sister Cities Corp.
Onley is running as part of a slate called “Team Rockville.” Her running mates are incumbent Council member Mark Pierzchala; Cynthia Cotte Griffiths, executive director of a free legal services clinic for immigrants; James Hedrick, a finance specialist at the Federal Housing Finance Agency; and David Myles, a doctor and Navy veteran.
Other candidates who are running for the council, without slates, are:
– Richard Gottfried, a certified public accountant
– Charles Littlefield, a senior finance manager at the international nonprofit Plan International USA, which advocates for children’s rights and gender equality.
– Donald A. Masters, a home and building inspector
– Brigitta Mullican, a retired federal government employee and a member of several Rockville volunteer boards
– Matthew Perkins, a criminologist at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a community nonprofit.
The mayor and council serve four-year terms.
For the first time, Rockville’s election is being conducted entirely through a vote-by-mail format, in which residents registered to vote within the city limits will automatically receive ballots. Alternatively, voters can cast their ballot in person at City Hall on Election Day.
There will be three candidate forums: Sept. 24 at the Rockville Senior Center from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Oct. 2 at Thomas Farm Community Center from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and Oct. 15 at the Twinbrook Community Recreation Center from 6 to 8 p.m.
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