ROCKVILLE – Tom Moore is going back to Rockville. Moore, a two-term Rockville councilmember, lost his bid for Phil Andrews’ District 3 County Council seat to Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz.
“I’m not sorry that I ran,” Moore said. “We made an extremely good effort and by far the strongest campaign. We had a very tight message, we had terrific mail we used to communicate with the voters and we had a door-knocking campaign that nobody even came close to. I’m very proud of the campaign we put together. There is a limit to what campaigns can do and Sidney’s name recognition exceeded what we were able to do with a very well-run campaign.”
Katz came in first with 41 percent of the vote; Moore claimed second with 33 percent of the vote; Gaithersburg Councilman Ryan Spiegel gained third with 22 percent of the vote; and former Marine and community activist Guled Kassim won 3 percent of the vote.
Despite his loss in the primary, Moore said he looks forward to continuing his work in Rockville.
“I knocked on a lot of doors in Rockville so I talked to a lot of Rockville folks. The universal theme is that people would like their representatives to be careful in their decisions and their money,” Moore said. “I think I’m going to make tough decisions for Rockville to put us where we need to be in the future. There is plenty to do in Rockville and I am delighted to be able to continue my service to the city.”
The district 3 race is one of two county council races without Republican or third party contenders, so Katz will not face a Republican challenger in the fall. Phil Andrews, incumbent four-term district 3 councilmember, said he’s congratulated Katz and plans to meet with him to discuss his future plans for the district.
“The general advice I have for anyone in office is to stay in close touch with constituents, one way or another,” Andrews said. “It’s simple to do. Also, stand up and do what’s right no matter if your colleagues agree with that and remember the major reforms take several years to get through.”
Britta Monaco, spokesperson for the City of Gaithersburg, said Katz will continue his duties as mayor until November when the council will vote for a new mayor who will serve until 2015. The city will hold a general election for a shortened two-year term. After the 2017 election, the mayoral position will return to a four-year term.