I am a life-long resident of Montgomery County. I was born and raised in Gaithersburg, and I attended Montgomery County Public Schools growing up. I went to college locally also and graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Public Administration. My wife Sally, who is a Pupil Personnel Worker for Montgomery County Public Schools, and I raised our two daughters here. Sally and I reside in Gaithersburg with our dog Maddie.
My mother was born and raised in Gaithersburg and my father came here after World War II. I have two older brothers, Allen is an attorney and Terry retired as a Lieutenant with the Maryland State Police.
My grandparents started a small business, Wolfson’s Department Store, in Olde Towne Gaithersburg in 1918 supplying local tradespeople with quality products. I starting helping at Wolfson’s when I was 10 years old and was an owner of the business until we closed it late last year. My family imparted the real world experience of managing a local small business, and how hard work and integrity are always the best recipe for success in one’s community.
My civic career began in 1976 when I was selected to be a member of the Gaithersburg Planning Commission. After two years on the Planning Commission, I was elected to the Gaithersburg City Council and served as Councilmember until 1998 when I became the Mayor of Gaithersburg. I hold this position currently and it has always been a privilege to serve the community that I love.
Over the years I have also served as the President of the Maryland Municipal League (2008), as well as First Vice President (2007), the Montgomery County Chapter of the League as President (2005-2007), I am also a Graduate and Fellow of the Academy of Excellence in Local Governance, Past Master of Pentalpha Masonic Lodge and am an honorary member of the Gaithersburg Rotary club and a former member of the Lion’s Club and am in the Maryland Municipal League Hall of Fame. I have been involved with numerous committees and received many awards and recognitions over the past 36 years of elected life to numerous to list.
I sincerely want to not only serve the people of Gaithersburg, but serve the people of Rockville, Washington Grove, Leisure World and all of the unique neighborhoods and communities that comprise the third district in Montgomery County. I know Montgomery County. I want to make certain that it has an effective and efficient government. And when someone in the third district wants to talk to someone in the Montgomery County government, it is my hope that they can call me. I have learned so very much as a Mayor and I think Montgomery County needs another person with Mayoral experience to become a Montgomery County Councilmember.
I am asking today, that you please let me work for you. Together we can make a better Montgomery.