Competition close as Takoma Park elects new City Council

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Takoma Park Govt logoTAKOMA PARK – Voters in Takoma Park elected a new City Council on a rainy Tuesday evening selecting from eleven candidates to elect a mayor and six Council members.

In the City’s most competitive race, Ward 2 candidate Cindy Dyballa prevailed against two other candidates after two rounds of voting.

“I’m impressed with the turnout, I think it’s fabulous that more people are coming out to vote in local elections,” Dyballa said shortly after being declared the winner.


Gaithersburg candidates make final push as voting begins

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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."

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