Meet Team Rockville at a Community Forum

In preparation for Election Day on November 3, the Team Rockville candidates will be participating in the following community forums (aka debates):

Wednesday, October  7 at 7 pm
Thomas Farm Community Center, 700 Fallsgrove Drive
Hosted by the Rockville Chamber of Commerce
(Will air live on Channel 11)

Wednesday, October 14 at 1 pm
Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive (Woodley Gardens neighborhood)
Hosted by the Rockville Senior Commission

Tuesday, October 20 at 7:30 pm
Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive
Hosted by the Woodley Gardens and College Gardens Civic Associations

Thursday, October 22 at 7 pm
F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, Rockville Civic Center, 603 Edmonston Drive (Burgundy/Silver Rock/Twinbrook neighborhoods)
Hosted by the League of Women Voters
(Will air live on Channel 11)

Tuesday, October 27 at 7 pm
King Farm Community Center, 300 Saddle Ridge Circle
Hosted by the King Farm Citizens’ Assembly
(Will air on Channel 11 on October 29)

If you support one of the candidates, you’re welcome to pick up a sign for your yard.

Thanks for Joining Us Last Night!

Team-Rockville-2015We had a great turnout at our announcement on Monday at New Mark Commons. Thanks to everyone who joined us and we were especially honored to have as our guests:

  • Maryland State Senator Cheryl Kagan
  • Former Maryland State Senator Mary Boergers
  • Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Board member Natali Fani-Gonzalez
  • Montgomery County Commission on Women Natalia Mizina Farrar
  • Former Rockville Mayor Rose Krasnow
  • Somerset Mayor Jeffrey Slavin
  • Rockville City Councilmember Tom Moore
  • Hyattsville Councilmember Shani Warner
  • Former Maryland Democratic Party Chair Susie Turnbull

We also received lots of attention in the media, including Bethesda Magazine, Maryland Scramble, Rockville Nights, The Sentinel and The Seventh State.  Visit our Press page and Facebook to learn more.

Watch the Team Rockville announcement speeches.

Team Rockville Announces Candidates for Mayor and Council

Team Rockville announced a group five candidates running for Rockville’s Mayor and Council for the November 3, 2015 election at the Clubhouse of New Mark Commons. Team Rockville consists of Sima Osdoby for Mayor and Virginia Onley, Julie Palakovich Carr, Mark Pierzchala and Clark Reed for City Council. The members of Team Rockville share a common vision for the future of the city and plan to address several pressing issues during the next term, including fixing problems in Town Center and finalizing a new plan for Rockville Pike.

Sima Osdoby
Sima Osdoby

Leading Team Rockville is Sima Osdoby for Mayor. A resident of Rockville for 35 years, she has served the city in many capacities on the Election Reform Task Force, the Housing Policy Task Force, and the New Mark Commons-Hungerford Neighborhood Advisory Planning Committee. She also served as Board President and twice as Interim Executive Director of Peerless Rockville. Throughout her career, Sima has a long history of getting agreement, action and results in public-private partnerships, multi-faceted coalitions, and complex undertakings. She is a former President of the Rockville Branch of American Association of University Women, was Emerge Maryland’s first Chair, and serves on Maryland Association of Nonprofits’ membership committee.

Virginia Onley
Virginia Onley

Virginia Onley is seeking re-election to the City Council. During her first term she ensured that our Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance will allow us to maintain and renew our City so that young families, teachers, fire fighters, police offices, and senior citizens like her can afford to live here. A 22-year resident of Americana Centre, she serves as President of the Americana Homeowners Board and on the Parish Council of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She has previously served on 9 boards and commissions including the Charter Review Commission and Rockville Housing Enterprises and retired from IBM after 35 years.

Julie Palakovich Carr
Julie Palakovich Carr

Julie Palakovich Carr is seeking re-election to the City Council. During her first term, she championed efforts to make Rockville a more sustainable community, sponsored a major overhaul of the city’s animal control ordinance, invested in needed public infrastructure, and improved pedestrian and bicyclist safety. Before her election in 2013, Julie served on the Environment Commission and Rockville Summit. Julie has a Master’s degree in biology and works for the non-profit American Institute of Biological Sciences. She and her husband Eric live in East Rockville with their son Bradford.

Mark Pierzchala
Mark Pierzchala

Mark Pierzchala is seeking to return to the City Council. An owner of an international consulting business based in downtown Rockville, Mark served two terms as a city councilmember from 2009 to 2013. Mark’s support financed Rockville’s new Police Station, Senior Center Expansion, and new Gude Drive Maintenance Facility, paying for these by greatly reducing the city’s subsidies for parking garages and the golf course. He attracted the headquarters of Choice Hotels International to Rockville to boost our Town Center. He was president of the Town Center Action Team (TCAT) and president of the College Gardens Civic Association. His daughters attended MCPS schools through high school and his wife Lesley is a Media Assistant at College Gardens Elementary School.

Clark Reed
Clark Reed

Clark Reed seeks election to the City Council. Clark chairs the City’s Environment Commission. Under his leadership, the commission founded the Rockville Solar Co-op, providing homeowner discounts on rooftop solar systems and increased home values. He co-authored the city’s High Performance Building Tax Credit and rallied statewide support to provide low- to moderate-income earners access to clean power. He holds a Masters in urban and environmental policy from Tufts University and is a program manager at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Clark and his wife Colleen have a son who attends Twinbrook Elementary School and are active in the PTA.

Groups such as Team Rockville allow candidates to coordinate their efforts publicly and transparently, and are specifically provided for in the City Code of Rockville. They serve to inform voters which candidates have publicly pledged to work with each other towards specific goals, even if they may disagree with one another on a given issue. Such organizations of candidates were once a mainstay of City elections from the 1950s to the 1990s.

View videos from the Team Rockville announcement.