Team Rockville announced a group five candidates running for Rockville’s Mayor and Council for the November 5, 2019 election at the Clubhouse of New Mark Commons. Team Rockville consists of Virginia Onley for Mayor, Cynthia Cotte Griffiths, James Hedrick, David Myles, and Mark Pierzchala for 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 creating a vibrant Rockville for everyone, protecting our diverse neighborhoods, and saving Town Center.
Leading Team Rockville is Virginia Onley for Mayor. 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, firefighters, police officers, and senior citizens like her can afford to live here. A 26-year resident of Americana Centre, she has served on the Americana Homeowners Board and is a past President. She is also First Vice Chair of the Parish Council of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She has previously served on nine city boards and commissions and is currently Council liaison to Rockville Housing Enterprises, Senior Commission, Landlord Tenant Commission, and Sign Review Board. She retired from IBM after 35 years
Cynthia Cotte Griffiths seeks election to the City Council. Cynthia’s the executive director of DC-MD Justice For Our Neighbors, providing free immigration legal services. She serves as a Traffic and Transportation Commissioner and president of the Richard Montgomery High School PTSA. Previously, she was Chairman of the Human Services Commission and Committee Chairman of Cub Scout Pack 928, and served on the Sesquicentennial Committee and on the Boards & Commissions Task Force (2009). She’s a member of Christ Episcopal Church and Kiwanis Club. She has lived in the City for 25 years and both her sons attended MCPS schools. Her husband Charles is an economist for the federal government.
James Hedrick seeks election to the City Council. A career civil servant with a deep commitment to public service, James serves as the Vice-Chair for Rockville Housing Enterprises, where he works to preserve and expand affordable housing opportunities. He also serves on the Twinbrook Community Association’s Executive Committee and on Rockville’s Boards and Commissions Task Force, helping to put the city’s volunteer boards on a solid foundation for the future. James holds a Ph.D. in political science from Rice University and works as a financial analyst for the Federal Housing Finance Agency. James and his wife Rachel live in Twinbrook with their two daughters, Alice and Julia
David Myles seeks election to the City Council. He currently serves on the Rockville Goes Purple opioid awareness planning committee. Additionally, he serves on the Montgomery County Mental Health Advisory Committee as the physician representative. As a veteran of the US Navy and a pediatrician by training, he currently provides pro-bono medical care at Holy Cross. After graduating from Yale University with a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Master of Science in psychology, he first moved to Maryland to pursue pediatrics residency training at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He and his family live in Tower Oaks and are members of Lincoln Park’s Mt. Calvary Baptist Church
Mark Pierzchala seeks re-election to the City Council. Mark brings budgetary, economic, and environmental sense to the council. He champions economic development near transit centers to revitalize flagging commercial centers, provide naturally affordable housing, improve the environment, and reduce traffic. Mark led the efforts to halt the widening of I-270 and the placement of school bus depots into our neighborhoods. He understands how the budget and the zoning ordinance affect neighborhoods. He served in the Peace Corps and was president of College Gardens Civic Association 2004-08. His daughters attended MCPS schools from K-12th grade. His wife, Lesley, is a media assistant at College Gardens Elementary School.
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.