Two more people filed to run for County office last week after the filing period begun Feb. 28.
North Potomac consultant and former teacher Ed Amatetti filed last week, and is running as a Republican for the County Council District 2 seat, while Rockville accountant Richard Gottfried filed for one of the open County Council at-large seats and is running as a Democrat.
Amatetti, 57, a 2014 candidate for the Montgomery County Board of Elections, said he wants to put residents “back in the driver seat” for policy-making decisions.
“Our elected officials are detached from the interests of ordinary citizens and taxpayers who are shut out of the policy-making process to a large extent,” Amatetti said.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Amatetti moved to the County 30 years ago after graduating from Georgetown University. For 11 years, Amatetti worked at Vista Consulting Group, rising through the ranks first as an economist then as vice president and part-owner.
Amatetti said his experience in consulting makes him an ideal fit for the Council.
“I can go through a budget with one eye behind my back,” Amatetti said.
Amatetti is the second Republican to file for District 2 after Tom Ferleman filed last week. Currently, Craig Rice (D-2) currently represents District 2 and is not subject to the recent term limits referendum that limits members of the County Council and the County Executive to three consecutive terms. Rice has not filed yet for re-election or any other seat.
Amatetti said he wants to cut regulations for businesses and to push for the County to adopt more charter schools and school choice to give parents more options.
After years of consulting Amatetti shifted careers becoming a teacher, and taught science at A. Mario Loiederman Middle School in Silver Spring, as well as schools in Prince George’s County and the District of Columbia. Amatetti said he wants to reform Montgomery County Public Schools by pushing for pay and other incentives that would reward good teachers.
Gottfried, 56, previously ran for Rockville City Council in 2015 and said he thinks the role of local government has grown more important since Donald J. Trump became President of the United States. Gottfried said the County can no longer rely on the federal government to protect the environment or minorities’ rights.
“I’m running because I care about our residents and standing up for their rights,” Gottfried said. “I think that this is the best opportunity.”
Originally from New York, Gottfried moved to the County in 1990 after attending Georgetown University and is president of the Twinbrook Citizens Association. Gottfried, who works as a certified public accountant, also teaches accounting courses at Montgomery College. He said the County needs to reinvest in Montgomery College and provide the teachers there with the funding they need.
“I would advocate the teachers kind of get their funding back — that will go and help the kids learn,” Gottfried said.
Gottfried said his other main issue is the County’s budget, saying his experience as a CPA is a reason why he can be a good steward of residents’ tax dollars.
“I’m a CPA and I want to ensure the residents’ tax dollars are well spent,” he said.
The 2018 primary election will take place June 26. Candidates have until Feb. 27, 2018 to file for the gubernatorial elections.