I am running to provide the residents of Gaithersburg a choice. I believe in that old Lincolnian proverb that a government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. However, it can suffer from lack of participation.
I am running to serve the residents of Gaithersburg. I am a firm believer that government, including elected officials, is responsible to the people who elect them. It is government that serves the people, not the people who serve the government. My entire career has been about service. Since 18 years of age I have served my country in one form or another, whether it’s with the Army wearing the uniform or now as an attorney with the U.S. Government Accountability Office. I have always served the people, and I will continue to serve the residents of Gaithersburg as a member of the city council.
I am running to ensure that all voices are heard. It is often the case that residents feel their elected representatives are not listening to them; this is not a problem unique to Gaithersburg. I follow the very simple philosophy: all voices matter. If something is important to you, it is important to me. One thing I have learned adjudicating disputes between contractors and the Federal government, is that process matters. Simply knowing that you have been heard, and received fair consideration, is as important as the result achieved.
I am running to maintain the city’s fiscal discipline. We are a zero-debt, pay-as-you-go city. Very few municipalities, counties, states and certainly not our Federal government can say that. But there are challenges ahead. As then-Mayor Katz discussed back in 2011, it has never been harder for the city to follow the policies that have made the city debt free since the 1970’s. The city has reached its geographical boundaries, we are running out of land to build and development will slow. With this, revenue increases will slow, and balancing the books will become ever more difficult. We need to plan now for this eventuality and keep the city debt free without asking our residents to shoulder more of the burden.
I am running because community matters. Community should be first and foremost in the minds of the city in all decisions made. This not only includes residents, but members of Gaithersburg’s thriving business community. I will work to bring all stakeholders to the table to find the best answer for Gaithersburg.
I am running for a better Gaithersburg. Gaithersburg will continue to be faced with many important and difficult decisions in the future as it transitions from a once rural community to the suburban and semi-urban community it is and will become. The Corridor City Transitway is coming, and with it will come more and new development. Decisions that will impact the very nature of Gaithersburg will be made in the coming decade, and the city needs reasoned leadership and individuals who will ask the hard questions as these decisions are made. I will ask those hard questions.