Congratulations to Mayor and Council Members for not
having to spend time and money on a campaign.
Several recent city
elections were expensive and nasty. A great deal of
effort was put into the campaigns with some charges that
were either foolish or misleading. We speculated that
there might not be challengers on this occasion as a
result of the success/effort correlation. That
proved to be correct.
There are three reasons
for running for election:
You feel that the
incumbent is doing a poor job and you have to run to
make a change.
You have background
and experience above other candidates and you want
You are a "Me" person,
and you want to be "It." You want the attention and
Me candidates have
to invent a cause for running. In order to get on the
merry-go-round, they have to push someone off. They have
to invent grounds that the other guy is the bad guy.
They have to make up issues and try to convince the
electorate that the issues are real. Me
candidates create a lot of distraction as time and
energy have to be diverted from the job at hand to
working to continue the job at hand. They are, however,
a necessary fallout from the democratic process. Those
who feel that they are much better than the sitting
office holders are obligated to run for posts for which
they are qualified. It may be difficult for candidates
to determine whether they want to run for egocentric or
This time there were no
On September 25, 2013 the
Board of Supervisors of Elections certified the
candidacy of Sidney A. Katz for the position of Mayor
and Henry Marraffa, Jr. and Michael A. Sesma for the two
City Council positions up for election in the City of
Gaithersburg on November 5, 2013. Although this is an
uncontested election, voter participation is encouraged
as the candidates must be elected by popular vote.
residents who are registered to vote in Montgomery
County are automatically registered to vote in the City
election. To confirm registration, contact the
Montgomery County Board of Elections at 240-777-VOTE.
The last day to register to vote is Monday, October 21,
If voters will not be in
town on Election Day, or if it is simply more
convenient, there are options other than going to the
polls on November 5. This year Gaithersburg is hosting
two early voting days at City Hall, 31 South Summit
Avenue in Olde Towne Gaithersburg. Early voting will
take place on Sunday, October 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
and on Saturday, November 2 from Noon to 5 p.m.
Gaithersburg also provides
absentee voting. Applications will be available as of
October 4 and can be downloaded online, picked up at
City Hall, or requested by mail by calling
301-258-6310. Mail or drop the application off at City
Hall and, once approved, a ballot will be mailed. Note
that absentee ballots will not be mailed out after
October 30, but can be picked up in person at City
Hall. All ballots must be received either by mail or by
in-person delivery to City Hall no later than 8 p.m. on
Election Day, November 5.
Residents will receive a
City of Gaithersburg Voter’s Guide in mid-October. It
will contain election information and statements from
the candidates. Candidate statements will also be aired
on Gaithersburg TV, which can be found on Comcast and
RCN Channels 13 or FiOS Channel 25 in the City limits,
and will be available for viewing online at
www.gaithersburgmd.gov/elections in mid-October. A
sample ballot will be mailed to all registered voters in
the City in late October.
complete election information please contact Elections
Clerk, Lauren Klingler, in the office of the City
Attorney at 301-258-6310 x2172 or visit the City’s