Friday night in Gaithersburg, as the Montgomery County Republican organization prepped for its annual convention at the Hilton Hotel, Tom Ferleman officially announced his candidacy for the District 2 – Germantown area council seat currently held by Democrat Craig Rice.
“After years of encouragement from friends and family, and much contemplation and preparation, today I announce my candidacy for Montgomery Council in District 2,” Ferleman told supporters gathered in a top floor suite at the Hilton while broadcasting his announcement over FaceBook Live.
Ferleman is a strategy and innovation consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton and has served on the UpCounty Citizens Advisory Board and worked on Governor Larry Hogan’s successful campaign for the statehouse.
“For a decade or so, I have grown increasingly concerned about our community,” said Ferleman in his announcement. “Every morning hundreds of thousands of people crawl down 270 to jobs in Virginia and D.C. Those jobs aren’t here anymore. A commute the should take 30 mins, now can take well over two hours. And how does the County Council respond? What do they do when thousands of jobs are lost in Germantown, Montgomery Village, Clarksburg, Damascus, Barnesville, Boyds and even Gaithersburg? They respond by raising property taxes to 8.7 percent, and if that isn’t enough, they increase the tax to buy and sell a home.”
“The last thing you want to do when people are struggling to make ends meet is take more money away from them. When I was growing up in Montgomery County we were considered one of the wealthiest counties in the whole country, our transportation infrastructure was second to none, and our schools were always ranked number one. We were the envy of the nation. Today, not so much.”
Ferleman grew up in Gaithersburg, and graduated from Seneca Valley High School, “If you will elect me to represent you on the County Council from District 2, I will personally bring jobs home to Montgomery County. I will fight to roll back the year-after-year tax increases, and I will work tirelessly to reduce congestion. And I will fund a robust education pipeline that insures that when our youth graduate local high schools or colleges that there are jobs for them locally.”
The 2018 election primaries are still more than seventeen months away, but there are already three candidates, not including the incumbent. Craig Rice has not yet stated publically if he will seek reelection to his District 2 seat or run for the County Executive’s seat being vacated by Ike Leggett.
Indeed, there are many possible candidates for the County Executive spot. Including former Democratic candidate for Congress, David Trone. It has been reported by Bethesda Beat, that the co-owner of Total Wine & More is exploring a run at the top spot in Montgomery County. There are also three current members of the County Council — Roger Berliner, Marc Elrich and George Leventhal — who cannot seek reelection to their seats due to the passage of the Term-Limits Referendum. All three are being considered candidates for the County Executive job.
At the District 2 level, Ferleman joins fellow Gaithersburg resident Kyle Sefcik, who announced his intention to run for the District 2 seat on January 7.
“I will be running for County Council of Montgomery County,” said Sefcik in his announcement which was published on the Keep Damascus Rural Facebook page. “I have done many things in the world, but nothing has ever felt more right than bettering the lives of others. I want to be able to have a greater impact, and by representing our community on a larger level than I have been, I can do that. My campaign will consist of what I have done my whole life, helping others, and making people happy and informed.”
Sefcik, 29, grew up in Damascus and is the CEO and owner MMA & Sport and K-Sef Industries, both based in Damascus.
“I have been studying the issues in our community for years,” said Sefcik. “I just never talk about it because I am a man who actually does things about it, hence why I am trying to become a larger player for our community. I am that person who actually has real and genuine relationships with business owners, the people hurting, the rich, the commuters, the police, the gang bangers, the women, the children, the special needs, the government, the victims, the teachers, the students, etc.”
Another Republican, Ed Amatetti is scheduled to announce his District 2 Council bid on February 11 at the Gaithersburg Public Library. Amatetti was a 2014 at-large candidate for the Montgomery County Board of Education; a former auditor to local governments and a classroom teacher.
Photo by Germantown Pulse.