ROCKVILLE – Four county municipalities held elections in the past week that re-elected councilmembers or added new faces to represent residents. Here is a quick roundup of those races:
The Town of Brookeville elected two new commissioners to two-year terms, replacing President Suzanne Daley and Jeff Johnson. Garrett Anderson, who is a part of the town’s planning commission, was elected as a new town commissioner. He was joined by Mark Davis, who will also be a new town commissioner. Both ran unopposed.
The first commissioners meeting following the election will take place on June 10 after the annual town meeting.
Meanwhile, in the village of Friendship Heights, a town of about 4,500 that sits between Washington, D.C. and Chevy Chase, six of the seven members of the village council are returning after this May’s election. Members of the council serve two-year terms and select their own officers, including the mayor.
One new face will be joining the council as Bruce Pirnie will be replacing John R. Mertens after collecting 177 votes while the incumbent finished eighth in the vote total, the lowest amount among the eight candidates running.
Incumbent Mayor Melanie Rose White will be returning to the council after being the leading vote-getter with 206 votes. Also, Michael J. Dorsey, Paula Durbin, Kathleen Cooper and Carolina Zumaran-Jones all won re-election. The returning councilmembers and Pirnie will select their roles for the upcoming term after being sworn in on May 20 during the council meeting.
Following the election, one of the goals for the council is to be more responsive to the concerns of residents after the release of the 2018 Annual Report as they finish up working on the proposed budget for the 2020 fiscal year. The report outlines improvements needed to Page Park, expanding its pilot program for dockless electric bicycles and scooters and more neighborhood outreach.
All three town councilmembers that were up for re-election in the Town of Somerset return to their post following their victories in uncontested elections. Incumbents Franny Peale, Marnie Shaul and Barbara Zeughauser were unchallenged but supportive of helping each other get re-elected in their post.
Of the 80 ballots cast, Zeughauser received 79 votes, the most of the three. Shaul accumulated 75 votes while Peale had 70 total votes.
Zeughauser will be entering her seventh term in office since first being elected to the council in 2009. Prior to her work in Somerset, she was the director of paralegals at a large national law firm for 27 years. In her candidate statement, Zeughauser will look to work on fiscally responsibility issues to help the town make more “sound financial decisions.”
“My council experience has reinforced what I’ve learned from living in Somerset for 33 years: Somerset is an incredibly special community,” Zeughauser said. “Having served on the council for ten years, I have listened to your concerns and made sure those concerns were heard and addressed. I find this process rewarding and would be honored to serve for another term.”
Lastly, Washington Grove, the small historic community adjacent to Gaithersburg, all three of the town’s elected officials up for office are coming back, after winning uncontested elections. Mayor John Compton will return for another term along with councilmembers Darrell Anderson and Patrice Klein. Compton will begin a one-year term, while Anderson and Klein will start three-year terms, respectively.