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 six years as councilmember, she reformed our Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance to encourage young couples and families, teachers, firefighters, police officers, and senior citizens to live in Rockville. She voted to refinance Fireside Park Apartments, which returned $1.7M to Rockville and maintained affordable housing for residents with limited incomes. She supported Twinbrook Quarters as an investment for all of Rockville. She advocates increasing the number of council members to six to ensure better representation of our diverse city. For the last 26 years she has resided at Americana Centre, served on 9 Boards and Commissions and retired from IBM after 35 years of service.
Cynthia Cotte Griffiths seeks election to the City Council. Cynthia is the executive director of DC-MD Justice For Our Neighbors, serves on the Traffic and Transportation Commission, and is a member of Christ Episcopal Church and Kiwanis Club of Rockville. Previously, she was president of the Richard Montgomery HS PTSA, chairman of the Human Services Advisory Commission, and committee chairman of Cub Scout Pack 928. She served on the Sesquicentennial Committee and the Boards and Commissions Task Force (2009) and was editor of Rockville Central and Rockville View. She has lived in the City for 25 years. 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 served on the Rockville Bike Advisory Committee and as the physician representative for Montgomery County’s Mental Health Advisory Committee. As a veteran of the US Navy and a pediatrician by training, he currently provides pro-bono medical care at Holy Cross Hospital. After graduating 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. He brings budgetary, economic, and environmental sense to the council. In his 8th year, Mark champions jobs and homes near transit centers to revitalize flagging commercial centers, provide commercially-available affordable housing, improve the environment, and reduce traffic. Mark ran the awareness campaign about I-270 widening and on Council led the fight against neighborhood school bus depots. He served in the Peace Corps and as president of the College Gardens Civic Association. 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.