Dear King Farm Neighbor

As a father of two young boys, I can confidently say that we have a choice in this election. Two candidates, James Hedrick and David Myles, have young children themselves and will truly fight for King Farm’s many young families. Cynthia Cotte Griffiths, who has two boys—the youngest recently graduated high school—has years of educational leadership experience, including as President of the Richard Montgomery High School’s PTSA.

We are also proud of our diversity in Rockville and in King Farm.  Our diverse cultures, experiences, and perspectives enrich our city.  If elected, Virginia Onley would be our City’s first African American mayor and would bring her extensive experience as a current City Council member and as a leader in the private sector.  Her advocacy of affordable housing will ensure that we have a city where teachers, retail workers, young professionals, and police officers can afford to live where they work.

Last but not least, Mark Pierzchala will bring his years of institutional knowledge and experience as a City Council member. Mark has fought for a fiscally responsible city and has also been the driving force on the Council to find a suitable adaptive use for King Farm Farmstead.

I want my two young boys to grow up well-educated in a city where their bi-racial background and multicultural heritage are part of a welcoming, inclusive, and diverse community, where they will find good jobs and affordable housing when they grow up.

For all these reasons, I support Team Rockville as the team that has the vision, leadership, and values to ensure that Rockville is the ideal place to live, work, and play for generations to come.


John Chu

King Farm Neighbor

The last candidate forum will be hosted at the King Farm Community Center today, October 23 from 6-8 pm

Greater Greater Washington Moves with Team Rockville

Greater Greater Washington,  a nonprofit organization that brings people together for an inclusive, diverse, growing Washington, DC region, has endorsed all five candidates of Team Rockville. Recognizing that there are two competing visions for Rockville’s future, Team Rockville’s acknowledgement of the need for housing affordability and Vision Zero policies attracted Greater Greater Washington’s attention and their conclusion that “Rockville should move ahead with Team Rockville.”

Team Rockville will work to foster growth around our metro corridors, oppose plans to widen I-270, and promote housing affordability within Rockville. Virginia OnleyJames HedrickMark PierzchalaCynthia Cotte Griffiths, and David Myles will bring an urbanist future for Rockville and we urge City of Rockville residents to vote for them on November 5.

For the detailed endorsement, read “In Rockville, Pro-Affordable Housing and Anti-Development Slates Battle for the City Council.”

Team Rockville’s Wide-Ranging Endorsements

We are honored by the many endorsements we’ve received during this election, especially because they represent both organizations and community leaders who have demonstrated their interest in the future of Rockville.

Organizations that have endorsed the every candidate in Team Rockville include the Action Committee for Transit and the Coalition of Asian Pacific American Democrats.

Community leaders that have endorsed every candidate in Team Rockville include:

  • John Chu, King Farm resident
  • Susan Hoffman, former Rockville Mayor
  • Will Jawando, Montgomery County Council At-Large
  • Tom Moore, former Rockville City Councilmember
  • Julie Palakovich Carr, Maryland State Assembly, District 17
  • Vaughn Stewart, Maryland State Assembly, District 19
  • Sima Osdoby, former Rockville Mayoral Candidate 
  • Judge Chung Pak, retired Administrative Patent Judge at the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board
  • Ben Shnider, former Montgomery County Council Candidate, District 3
  • Steve Silverman, former Montgomery County Council President and Director of the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development.

Organizations that have endorsed individual candidates in Team Rockville include:

David Myles: CASA in Action, New Politics

James Hedrick: CASA in Action, Progressive Maryland, Our Revolution, Run for Something

Virginia Onley: Our Revolution, Progressive Maryland, CASA in Action

Thanks again for everyone’s support during this tough election and please encourage your friends and neighbors to mail their ballot well before the November 5 deadline (postmarks do NOT count!).

CASA in Action Endorses Team Rockville Candidates

CASA in Action, the region’s largest pro-immigrant electoral organization, is pleased to announce its endorsements for Rockville’s upcoming elections on November 5. CASA in Action’s Board of Directors endorsed those who support a pro-immigrant agenda that benefits working families.

“Now more than ever, our local elections are important for our immigrant community. This year we will fight to elect candidates who will provide social and economic opportunities to help all Rockville residents,” said Yaheiry Mora, Director of CASA in Action. “The candidates we endorse have a longstanding history of activism and are fearless champions in the fight for equity and justice.”

Here are the Team Rockville candidates who inspired CASA in Action members to get involved:

​As a member of the Rockville City Council for six years, Virginia D. Onley fought for progressive policies that increase participation of all residents of Rockville. This includes voting in favor of Rockville’s Fostering Community Trust Act, a critical ordinance that ensures that the City remains inclusive and safe for all members. We believe that Ms. Onley is the right person to lead Rockville as Mayor.

A fierce advocate who has dedicated his life to advancing affordable housing, James Hedrick is a progressive activist who will increase funding for housing and job opportunities for low and moderate-income working families.

As a pediatrician and physician representative for the Montgomery County’s Mental Health Advisory Committee, David Myles has worked to ensure that public initiatives are mindful of the challenges faced by children who have mental health conditions. His goal is to improve the lives and access to healthcare of all children and residents of Rockville.

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Action Committee for Transit endorses Team Rockville

Montgomery County’s Advocates for Better Transportation

Team Rockville cares about expanding transit options, reducing traffic, and protecting neighborhoods from harmful development so we’re pleased our hard work in this area has been recognized by the Action Committee for Transit with this endorsement:

The Action Committee for Transit endorses the Team Rockville slate for Rockville City Council. Team Rockville is committed to stopping the destructive plan to widen I-270, to making lively, walkable mixed-use neighborhoods flourish around the city’s Metro stations, and to increasing the supply of affordable housing for Rockville tenants.

The two current council members on the slate have shown their commitment to a better Rockville. Town center resident Virginia Onley, the slate’s mayoral candidate, has worked hard to make downtown Rockville thrive. Mark Pierzchala initiated the citizen movement against the I-270 widening. They are joined by three first-time candidates: James Hendrick, who has a particularly far-seeing urbanist vision, Cynthia Cotte Griffiths, and David Myles.

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Coalition of Asian Pacific American Democrats Endorses Team Rockville

Yesterday, the Coalition of Asian Pacific American Democrats of Maryland (CAPAD-MD) and its regional organization, Coalition of Asian Pacific American Democrats of Montgomery County (CAPAD-MC), endorsed the members of Team Rockville in the Rockville Municipal election:

In their endorsement, CAPAD-MD and CAPAD-MC stated that they recognized our

commitment and proactive stance to promote diversity and fairness, recognize the special needs of multi-cultural communities, and support economic empowerment for minority communities and the community at large.  CAPAD-MD and CAPAD-MC also believe that your vision and actions would help improve Montgomery County’s and Rockville’s economic position, address and integrate the special needs of our immigrant communities, support minority small businesses, and continue to make Maryland, Montgomery County and Rockville one of the best places to live for working families. Once again congratulations.

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David Myles on the Rise of Opioid Deaths in Children

Dr. David Myles, pediatrician and candidate for Rockville City Council

When children die from opioid use, few seem to care.

A recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) documented a three-fold increase in opioid deaths among people 19 years of age and younger from 1999-2016.  I work as a pediatrician in an emergency department in rural Maryland and have treated children who overdose on opioids.  As shocked as I was to learn of this sobering statistic, I was more concerned about the lack of coverage that this information generated among mainstream media outlets.

I have generally applauded the response many segments of society (including the media, governmental bodies, law enforcement, etc.) mounted in response to this opioid epidemic.  Learning from the wrong-headed approach to the war on drugs of the 1980s in which people who used drugs often bore the brunt of the negative vitriol and related consequences, current approaches have viewed drug use as more of a health condition.  Instead of criminalizing drug use, many jurisdictions have set up “drug courts” to help people with drug use disorders get treatment and keep them out of the criminal justice system.  Even with this more well-informed approach, shortcomings exist—particularly as it is related to addressing opioid misuse for minors.  More specifically, many of the modalities used to treat opioid misuse (medications, treatment centers, etc.) are difficult for minors to access.  

When minors are discussed with regard to the opioid epidemic, the focus is often on prevention and awareness.  While laudable, such efforts do not address the needs of minors who are already misusing opioids and need treatment.

The federal government and some municipalities have made great strides in their financial support to expand centers where people with a history of opioid misuse can get help.  However, there are very few centers throughout this region and country that will treat minors who misuse opioids.  There are also medications that help people wean off of opioids (e.g. suboxone) but very few providers are certified to provide this medication for people less than 18 years of age.

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How Vote-By-Mail Works in Rockville

Team Rockville candidates explain how vote-by-mail works in Rockville in this short YouTube video. Remember, election day is now election month starting in early October when you receive your ballot by mail and ends when the City of Rockville receives your ballot by 8:00 p.m. on November 5, 2019. Postmarks do not count.

To receive a ballot automatically by mail, be sure you’re registered by September 20. After that, you’ll need to register in person at City Hall (you can even register and vote the same day on November 5). More information about voting is available at the City of Rockville.

Team Rockville Goes Out at Night Despite Thunderstorm

National Night Out experienced terrific thunderstorms in Rockville, but where neighborhoods could gather, Team Rockville candidates visited. To share the evening with others who weren’t able to attend, here are a couple snapshots from our visit to Living Faith Lutheran Church in Twinbrook. Thanks for welcoming us and the community during this important national event.

Did you know that Councilmember Mark Pierzchala voted to build Rockville’s police department and Mayor Bridget Newton voted against it?