Monday, November 7, 2011
It's time to choose.
Polls open tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. for Gaithersburg's City Council elections, and the ballot is set. The five candidates have done their best to drum up their vote. Three seats are available, and all three incumbents—Councilmembers Jud Ashman, Cathy Drzyzgula and Ryan Spiegel—are all seeking re-election. Two challengers are trying to gain a seat—business consultant Tom Rowse and event planner Paula Ross. There are six polling places around the city: We want to know who your favorite candidate is. Since you can only choose one answer in our poll, feel free to list your full ticket or any additional thoughts in the comments.
Monday, October 3, 2011
Hear the candidates themselves tell you why you should elect them.
The City of Gaithersburg recorded statements for all five candidates for the City Council, and has posted them on its Youtube channel. If you have 15 minutes, check out the whole string of statements in one shot. Each one is about three and a half minutes. Jud Ashman, Cathy Drzyzgula and Ryan Spiegel are the three incumbents running for re-elections, and Tom Rowse and Paula Ross are the two challengers.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Gaithersburg's APFO would still be much more demanding than the County's model.
The Gaithersburg City Council last night moved to relax some parts of their school capacity test, known as the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance. The ordinance now stops new development that would add students to a school, pushing that school to 110 percent or more above capacity. Because of this policy—nine schools are at 110 percent or more—about 60 percent of the City is in a residential development moratorium. But Councilman Jud Ashman proposed amending a single word in the ordinance that would give the council more leeway to make exceptions. He proposed changing the word "and" in the City code Sec. 24-246 d ii to "or" which would require a project to meet only two of the three criteria for exception, instead of all three. Several …
Friday, August 5, 2011
The two council members now officially begin their run for re-election.
Council members Jud Ashman and Cathy Drzyzgula today at City Hall turned in the 100 signatures needed to officially become a candidate for the city council. This marks their first official step toward re-election. Other than Ashman and Drzyzgula, only Councilman Ryan Spiegel and local business owner Tom Rowse have publicly said they would run for a council seat in this election. Spiegel held a campaign kick-off event last month, but so far neither of them have turned in their completed petitions. Spiegel, Ashman and Drzyzgula are the only three council members up for re-election this year. Ashman and Drzyzgula are running together, like they did four years ago, in order to pool their resources and draw on each other's support base, they …