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Tom Moore says goodbye to Rockville for county run

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Published on: Thursday, January 16, 2014

By Holden Wilen

ROCKVILLE – Second-term City Councilman Tom Moore has announced he is seeking a seat on the Montgomery County Council.

Moore will be running as a democrat for the District 3 seat currently held by Phil Andrews, who is running for county executive. District 3 includes Gaithersburg, Rockville, Washington Grove, Leisure World and parts of Aspen Hill, Derwood, North Potomac and Potomac.

“My experience on the Rockville City Council has prepared me to represent Rockville and Gaithersburg on the County Council,” Moore said. “My values are a good match for the district, I have the strength to put those values into action, and I have the record to back it up.”

Moore’s values include what he said is a “deep care” for the county.

“For a long time the county has been the richest and most powerful in the region,” Moore said. “We have some real choices to make moving forward if we want to keep that going.”

Moore will be running against Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz and Gaithersburg Councilman Ryan Spiegel. No candidate has officially filed yet with the Board of Elections, but the deadline is Feb. 25.

Moore said his experience serving on the Rockville council will help him because municipal experience lends itself well to serving the county. He noted that Rockville has the largest budget of any city in the county.

“The city I help run is the biggest and most complicated in Montgomery County,” Moore said.

Rockville has not had a person serve on the County Council since William Hanna lost to Phil Andrews in the 1998 election.

“What has been missing on the County Council is a voice for municipalities. People’s relationship with county government is different from their relationship with their city government. I can help serve the people of District 3 well and the people of the county as a whole.”

Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton declined to comment on Moore’s announcement, but said she feels strongly Rockville should remain nonpartisan.

“It is one of the things that makes Rockville so special and sets us apart,” Newton said. “It keeps us separate from the rest of the shenanigans.”

Before being elected in Nov, 2011, Moore served as chairman of the city's Compensation Commission and on Peerless Rockville’s board of directors.  Moore has also served on the city’s Traffic and Transportation Commission and was a leader of citizen efforts to get the Rockville Memorial Library fully funded and built on time. He has also served on the Town Center Action Team and the West End Citizen’s Association board.

The primary election is set for June 24.

Reader Comments - 2 Total

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Posted By: Tom Fairbanks On: 1/30/2014

Title: Say what?

This is very interesting. Moore clearly is running from Rockville and the toxic environment which has improved according to the articles written by Sentinel and other news outlets. There is no way that I will support his run for county council.

Posted By: On the outside looking in On: 1/16/2014

Title: Rats jumping ship

Moore must know that the report will be released in court and does not want to deal wit the fallout.


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