I am a proud resident of Gaithersburg. I live in the Parklands (a new community sandwiched between Metropolitan Grove MARC Station and I-270) with my wife Jamie, 2-year old son Julian, and dog Dibels. We have lived here since 2012 after moving from Silver Spring. We love our community! The folks here are wonderful! On any given day we can walk around the neighborhood and inevitably run into friendly faces we know, and will stop just to chat and catch up. That sense of community is a wonderful feeling. Of course, as the Home Owners Association President, I sometimes get stopped for community businesses, but it is something that I love. It is great to talk to folks, listen to folks about issues and then try to solve them. This is what I want to bring to the Gaithersburg City Council, albeit on a slightly larger scale!
I am a lawyer by trade. My current employer is the United States Government Accountability Office, where I am a Senior Attorney practicing procurement law. I am originally from the suburbs of Long Island, New York, but have lived many places since then; for college, law school and then on active duty as a commissioned officer in the United States Army. I have a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Biology and Environmental Studies from Tufts University, a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco School of Law, and am working on a Master of Law degree from the George Washington University Law School concentrating in procurement law.
While at Tufts, patriotism got the better of me and I enrolled in the Reserve Officer Training Corps program. Four years later, in 1999, I received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. I served on active duty as a Judge Advocate in the Army for nearly seven years, and have remained in the Army reserves ever since. My time with the Army, first as a cadet, then on active duty and as a civilian, and now in the reserves has been both challenging and rewarding. It is an experience I would not trade for anything.
I have served around the world, in South Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as in the United States, in New Jersey, Frederick, Maryland and inside the beltway. My jobs have varied as much as the places I have served, from helping Servicemembers with their legal issues, to advising on ethics, serving as a military and federal prosecutor, and most recently as a procurement law specialist, litigating on behalf the Army and then teaching procurement and fiscal law at the Army’s JAG School. It has been a wonderful career so far, and will continue to be for many years to come, I am sure.
While working and living in so many places has been a great experience, I am happy to call Gaithersburg home. I can think of no better place to raise a family! Settling here has given me the opportunity to finally get involved in my community, as part of my HOA, actively participating as a member of the Brown Station Elementary School PTA, and as a member of the city’s Transportation Committee. I love being involved, and it is that passion that I will carry with me to the city council.
I became interested in Gaithersburg Municipal government in 2013, after voting in my first city election. It was unfathomable to me that a city of 65,000 residents could have an uncontested election. Not that I have anything against those who ran, but it just struck me that in a city of this size there were not more choices on the ballot. Soon thereafter, I decided to become more involved with my community, running for and being elected to serve as the President of the Watkins Mill Town Center Homeowners Association. I had made up my mind to run for city council to give the residents of Gaithersburg another choice, when then-Mayor Katz was elected to the county council, and then-council member Jud Ashman was selected to serve as mayor. When the city called for candidates to fill Jud’s seat, I decided to step up to the plate.
Here is a link to the candidate packet I submitted for that appointment.