By: Sentinel Staff
ROCKVILLE – Starting on May 4, municipalities throughout Montgomery County participated on election day to reshape their local governments. The following are the results of elections in each municipality.
Town of Garrett Park Council remains unchanged
Despite a challenge by Citizens Association Co-President Peter Benjamin, all three incumbent members of the Garrett Park Town Council won their re-election bids.
In an election where the top three vote-getters are voted into the council, current Councilmembers Stephen Paczkowski, Phil Schulp and Dan Simons each accumulated over 300 votes while Benjamin only received 182. Paczkowski, who ran on a platform of improving the town’s infrastructure and urban planning, received the highest number of votes (350).
Benjamin, a 30-year resident of the town, attempted to persuade voters with his previous experience in executive roles with Metro and the federal government as selling points for his candidacy. However, Paczkowski and Simons worked together in their re-election campaign while Schulp pushed his desire to keep the town council more transparent.
“The past year has been refreshing – Council discussions have been productive, collegial, collaborative and out in the open, as they must be,” Schulp said in his candidate statement. “This doesn’t mean I always agree with fellow councilmembers (nor they with me), but I respect their opinions.”
All three will rejoin councilmembers Jane McClintock and Hans Wegner and Mayor Kacky Chantry in the first council meeting after the elections on June 10.
Wilson added to Glen Echo Council
Julia Wilson will be the new face on the Glen Echo Town Council following the election and the retirement of Councilmember Nancy Long.
Wilson, the current chair of the town’s Livable Community Committee, ran unopposed to become a new member of the Town Council. She will be taking over for Long, who announced her retirement earlier this year. Long has served the community since 1969.
“I want to serve Glen Echo residents, and help ensure that our town remains a place where civil discourse is respected and encouraged, and the town government exists to address the needs of the residents,” Wilson said in her platform statement.
Incumbent Councilmember Dia Costello ran unopposed and will return to her council seat in the next term.
Tie forces Special Election in Laytonsville
A special election will take place for the final seat in the Laytonsville’s Town Council on June 10 following a two-way tie.
Three candidates faced off for the two open seats in the council on election day. Incumbent Edmund “Tom” Burke automatically won the first seat, receiving the highest amount of overall votes (24). However, current Councilmember Paul Simonetti and opponent Amy Koval each tallied up 22 votes, forcing a special election.
According to the Town Charter, in case of a tie, a special election is required to take place “not less than 14 days” following the election.
Mayor James A. Ruspi ran unopposed and received 35 votes.
No election in Chevy Chase Village
Chevy Chase Village did not hold an election for their Board of Managers this year because the number of eligible candidates were the exact number of seats that needed to be filled.
Election Supervisors determined on April 4 that three incumbent boardmembers, Treasurer Gary Crockett, Assistant Secretary Richard Ruda, Secretary David Winstead, and a new candidate, Linda Willard of West Newlands Street, filled up the exact number of open seats on the board.
Assistant Treasurer Minh Le decided to step down from her role on the board earlier this year.
Because the number of candidates and the number of vacancies are equal, their scheduled election for May 4 did not take place.
All commissioners return for Barnesville
In the town of Barnesville, 29 votes were casts as all three commissioners ran unopposed elections and will return for another term.
Mildred Callear, Audrey Morris and Holly Larisch did not face any write-in competition to be re-elected back to the town government.
Incumbents return to post in North Chevy Chase
Incumbents Brian Hoffner and Chas Stuart both were re-elected after running unopposed for their respective slots. Their terms are two years each.
Stuart received 22 votes and Hoffner received 23 votes. Three voters selected only one of the two candidates. Hoffner serves as vice chairman, and Stuart serves at treasurer; both are council members.
Vice Mayor and Treasurer re-elected in Town of Chevy Chase
In another unopposed election, both Vice Mayor Cecily Baskir and Treasurer Joel Rubin were re-elected back to their roles in the Town of Chevy Chase.
Baskir, a native of Chevy Chase and Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School graduate, received 171 votes to serve another term as vice mayor.
The treasurer received 166 votes to return to his role. Rubin worked as the deputy assistant secretary of state for Legislative Affairs, where he directed the State Departments work with the United States House of Representatives from 2014 to 2015.