Thanks for Your Support!

Thanks to your support on Election Day and the past few months, Virginia Onley, Julie Palakovich Carr, and Mark Pierzchala were elected to the Rockville City Council.  We could not have won re-election without the votes, donations, volunteers, and moral support of everyone involved with our campaign. Although they won’t be joined by Sima Osdoby and Clark Reed, Councilmembers Onley, Palakovich Carr, and Pierzchala look forward to working within Mayor Bridget Newton and Councilmember Beryl Feinberg towards finishing a Rockville Pike Plan, addressing the challenges of Town Center and neighborhood centers, making our streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists, and continuing to represent all of the people who live and work in Rockville. If you have ideas, comments, concerns, or questions about these topics or others, please contact Virginia, Julie, and Mark by letter, email, or phone, through the City of Rockville anytime.

Please join us for the inauguration of the newly elected Rockville Mayor and Council on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater in the Rockville Civic Center, 603 Edmonston Drive (Silver Rock, Burgundy, and Twinbrook neighborhoods).  The event is free and open to the public.

Sima Osdoby Says It’s Time to Stop Saying “No” and to Take Charge of Our Future

KatzOsdoby-67The King Farm Candidate Forum last Tuesday was the last public opportunity that candidates for Rockville Mayor and Council could share their vision for Rockville and why they deserve your vote on Tuesday, November 3.  We’ll be sharing our closing statements as a series, concluding with Sima Osdoby, candidate for Mayor:

Bridget Newton says she serves on other organizations to represent the interests of Rockville.

Well, then that is just fine, but I don’t know what she was doing in Annapolis on February 26, 2015 at a hearing on state legislation the city considered a priority. The Mayor and Council had voted to oppose proposed changes to the state ethics law (Mayor & Council minutes, Item 16, 6/23/14; Video: http://j.mp/1jT5s6l). Bridget Newton would have been expected to present that viewpoint in Annapolis. Three days before, she informed the Council that she would not “be available to testify on behalf of Rockville.”

Another Council member went instead, only to find Bridget Newton there after all! But the Rockville Mayor in fact testified AGAINST the City’s position on behalf of another organization (caught on video: http://j.mp/1Mk0xSa at 00.56.15). Not only did Bridget Newton fail to represent her own city, but she never informed her colleagues she would testify AGAINST the City’s position—an erosion of trust and responsibility.

I’ve enjoyed serving my New Mark Commons neighborhood and the Rockville community for Continue reading “Sima Osdoby Says It’s Time to Stop Saying “No” and to Take Charge of Our Future”

Virginia Onley Values Civility, Honesty, and Respect

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Virginia Onley

The King Farm Candidate Forum last Tuesday was the last public opportunity that candidates for Rockville Mayor and Council could share their vision for Rockville and why they deserve your vote on Tuesday, November 3.  We’ll be sharing our closing statements as a series, now with Virginia Onley:

I have been called the “swing vote” on our Council. I will continue to be your independent “swing vote” on the Council, listening to your concerns regardless what the issue may be.

On a personal note: I am a single, African American, fixed-income woman living at the Americana Centre in the center of Rockville. I am a 22-year resident of this city. My father was a welder by profession, who worked for Bethlehem Steel Corporation and my son Ted, the father of my grandchildren, is a police officer and one of the County’s hostage negotiators.

With this background, I hold certain values dear: Continue reading “Virginia Onley Values Civility, Honesty, and Respect”

Julie Palakovich Carr Wants to Work with People Who Get Things Done

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Julie Palakovich Carr

The King Farm Candidate Forum last Tuesday was the last public opportunity that candidates for Rockville Mayor and Council could share their vision for Rockville and why they deserve your vote on Tuesday, November 3.  We’ll be sharing our closing statements as a series, now with Julie Palakovich Carr:

Tonight is final debate before the election.

With the demise of our local newspaper, there hasn’t been any entity to probe some of the questionable statements that have arisen during the course of this campaign. When a candidate pads his resume or lies about the source of campaign funding for his opponent, there isn’t anyone to check the facts.

I want to set the record straight on a few issues.

One of the misleading statements that has been bandied about is the supposed “independence” of certain candidates. Make no mistake about it: there are two teams of candidates running in this election. One team, Team Rockville, is being open and honest with you about our efforts to get elected together. The same cannot be said for the other candidates who have Continue reading “Julie Palakovich Carr Wants to Work with People Who Get Things Done”

Mark Pierzchala Looks to the Future Through Our Children’s Eyes

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Mark Pierzchala

The King Farm Candidate Forum last Tuesday was the last public opportunity that candidates for Rockville Mayor and Council could share their vision for Rockville and why they deserve your vote on Tuesday, November 3.  We’ll be sharing our closing statements as a series, now with Mark Pierzchala:

When I served as councilmember from 2009 to 2013, I learned that I could lead from a council seat. I voted to bring Choice Hotels to our Town Center for a very modest incentive. This led to 400 high quality jobs in the heart of the City, made possible the Cambria Suites Hotel in our Town Center, and increased our property tax revenue. This passed on a 3-0-2 vote.

I voted to fund the Police Station, the Senior Center Extension, and the Gude Drive Maintenance facility that keeps our snow plows on the roads; these passed on a 3-2 vote. These were badly needed investments for Rockville.

So you can see that with 5 elected representatives on the Mayor and Council that every vote is valuable, and I’m the candidate here who Continue reading “Mark Pierzchala Looks to the Future Through Our Children’s Eyes”

Clark Reed’s Vision for Rockville is Vibrant, Sustainable, and Bold

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Clark Reed

The King Farm Candidate Forum last Tuesday was the last public opportunity that candidates for Rockville Mayor and Council could share their vision for Rockville and why they deserve your vote on Tuesday, November 3.  We’ll be sharing our closing statements as a series, starting with Clark Reed:

Tonight is the last debate of this election. I hope six debates have given you the information you need to confidently cast your ballots on November 3rd.

How will you choose amongst us?

I have heard from those who have watched prior debates remark that we have perhaps bored you by providing too much detail about past accomplishments. Okay, fair enough!

A successful track record is an important component but it’s not the only quality that makes a good candidate. Let me tell you what else counts.

Vision and character count, too.

When I listen to the other candidates, I hear some proudly boast that they have no agenda. Well that’s a copout. If a candidate truly has no agenda, then Continue reading “Clark Reed’s Vision for Rockville is Vibrant, Sustainable, and Bold”

Last Candidate Forum Tonight in King Farm

King Farm is hosting the last candidate forum for Rockville Mayor and Council on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the King Farm Community Center, 300 Saddle Ridge Circle (between Redland Boulevard and West Gude Drive).  Seating is limited so we strongly suggest you arrive early.  This forum will be televised but will not be presented live because of technical limitations on site.  If you’re unable to attend in person, watch for it on Rockville Channel 11 or on the City of Rockville’s YouTube Channel.

Update:  Hooray! The City of Rockville seems to have resolved the technical limitations at the King Farm Community Center and will be broadcasting live on Rockville 11 (cable channel 11) as well as streaming live on the Internet at www.rockvillemd.gov/Rockville11.  All Rockville 11 election videos, including this debate, will be available at www.youtube.com/cityofrockville.

Two Candidate Forums This Week and Early Voting Begins

Meet the members of Team Rockville this week at two candidate forums for Rockville Mayor and Council.  These forums will probably focus on different topics, although there should be some overlap.

Tuesday, October 20 at 7:30 pm at the Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive. The College Gardens Civic Association and the Woodley Gardens Civic Association are teaming up to host this debate, which will most likely focus on issues important to residential neighborhoods. The debate will be moderated by Maryland State Senator Cheryl Kagan.

Thursday, October 22 at 7:00 pm at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Drive (in the Rockville Civic Center adjacent to the Twinbrook/Silver Rock/Burgundy neighborhoods). The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County is hosting this forum, which will most likely focus on issues of city-wide concern. It will also be televised live and rebroadcast on Rockville Channel 11.

This weekend you can cast your votes early on Saturday and Sunday, October 24-25 from 10 am-8 pmat City Hall, 111 Maryland Avenue (downtown near the courthouses).  Same-day registration and voting is available to eligible individuals (bring a valid photo ID and proof of residency) at City Hall only on early voting days and Election Day, November 3.

The election is now two weeks away and last week all registered voters should have received a sample ballot in the mail.  If you did not receive it, you probably need to register with the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall.  For more information, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/election, email election2015@rockvillemd.gov or call 240-314-8286.

Absentee ballot applications, for voters who cannot make it to a location, are available in English or Spanish at City Hall and at www.rockvillemd.gov/election. The last day the city will mail absentee ballots is Monday, October 26. After October 26, absentee ballots must be picked up at the City Clerk’s Office.  Ballots must be dropped off or received by mail at the City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 111 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850 no later than 8 pm on Tuesday, November 3. Ballots received after 8 pm on November 3 will not be counted in the election.

Yard Signs Sprouting Up in Rockville

IMG_8058Thanks to everyone who helped us plant hundreds of campaign signs in yards around Rockville yesterday. The crisp fall morning was warmed up by some hot coffee and cider, as well as the comments from each of the candidates about the importance of the upcoming election.  We then assembled a dozen teams to visit the many households who wanted to support their candidates with a yard sign.  If you’d like a sign for your front yard or window, please let us know whose sign you’d like and an address to TeamRockville@Gmail.com.  Only three weeks left to Election Day, November 3!