GAITHERSBURG - Gaithersburg residents will cast ballots for four elected city officials this fall. The terms of office for Mayor Jud Ashman, City Council Vice President Ryan Spiegel, and Council members Neil Harris and Cathy Drzyzgula will expire in November.
Ashman was appointed mayor by the council last year following the election of longtime mayor Sidney Katz to the County Council. Harris was appointed by the council to serve the remainder of Ashman’s council term. Drzyzgula announced in March that she would not seek a third term on the council. The Gaithersburg mayor serves a four-year term, although this election will be for the remaining two years of Sidney Katz's term, and City Council members serve the community at large for four-year terms.
Candidate packets will be available online and at Gaithersburg City Hall beginning June 5. To appear on the ballots, candidates must submit a petition signed by at least 100 registered Gaithersburg voters to the city’s Board of Supervisors for Elections via the City Attorney’s Office by 5 p.m. on Sept. 18. Candidates will be required to attend one of two training sessions, and financial reporting will be required throughout the campaign.
City residents who are registered to vote in Montgomery County are automatically registered to vote in the election. The deadline to register is Oct. 19. Early voting will be held at City Hall on Oct. 25, 27 and 31, prior to the general election on Nov. 3.