GAITHERSBURG — Next Tuesday, Gaithersburg residents will cast ballots for mayor and two members of the City Council. Early voting was held last Saturday and Sunday at City Hall.
Incumbent Mayor Jud Ashman was originally appointed to his position by his colleagues on the City Council in 2014, following the election of longtime Mayor Sidney Katz to the Third District of the County Council. In 2015, he won a special election to serve the remaining two years of Katz's final term, defeating longtime Council Member Henry F. Marraffa, who passed away in October of 2016, and community activist Darline Bell-Zuccarelli. As he seeks his first full four-year term as mayor, Ashman is unopposed on the ballot. Bell-Zuccarelli had originally planned to seek the office again, but scrapped her plans due to health issues. Despite this, Ashman said he is still actively campaigning.
"We have a great group of candidates and I'm hoping that we get a big turnout of voters," Ashman said. "It's easy to take for granted, but so much of our daily lives is impacted by decisions at the local level, that it's really worth our time and attention on Election Day."