Virginia Onley on Recent Nominations for Rockville Boards & Commissions

Virginia Onley, candidate for Mayor

Rockville Residents have many valuable skills that can support our common vision for a welcoming, safe, and thriving City. One of the key responsibilities of the Mayor is to nominate candidates to serve on our City’s boards and commissions. Sadly, there have been far too many vacancies – some since 2015 – stalling residents’ ability to provide vital community input and expertise. As a councilmember and a candidate for mayor, I’ve raised my concern with the numerous vacancies.  

At our most recent Mayor & Council meeting, the Mayor put forward 15 nominations, including 6 reappointments.

It’s about time. 

I believe we should give residents from across our City a chance to serve and I look forward to reviewing and discussing these nominees. The lack of action by the Mayor to fill these positions sooner has created a void of leadership. I’m ready to lead as mayor of our great City to make sure residents have a seat at the table.  

Virginia Onley is a City of Rockville Councilmember and a candidate for Mayor. You are learn more about her experience, qualifications, and vision for Rockville at

Clark Reed Appointed Chair of Team Rockville

Today, Team Rockville accepted the resignation of Max van Balgooy as chairman of our committee. As candidates we did not approve of his recent personal blog post concerning Beryl Feinberg that was inconsistent with the values of Team Rockville. Although she had poor judgement when using a photo without consent for a paid political advertisement, we condemn the insinuations of insensitivity around diversity and inclusion.

Clark Reed is now officially the chairman of the Team Rockville committee. Team Rockville’s candidates will continue to dedicate ourselves to working toward our vision of a city with affordable housing, good jobs, safe schools, and a government that is inclusive and achieves equity.

Team Rockville Rallies in Lincoln Park

Team Rockville gathering in Lincoln Park to start the get-out-the-vote campaign for the current election.

This morning, dozens of Team Rockville supporters met in Lincoln Park to help get out the vote for the current Mayor and Council election. Because the east side of town is under-represented in city government and voter turnout is lower than average, we made a special push this morning to encourage residents east of Route 355 to vote-by-mail and have their voice heard by voting for Team Rockville.

Thanks to everyone that came out to walk neighborhoods in Lincoln Park, East Rockville, Burgundy, Silver Rock, Twinbrook, and more. It was great to see so many people gather on this beautiful morning, and a perfect way to enjoy Rockville and support your community.

Healthcare Center Residents Welcome Team Rockville

Residents at Collingswood Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center show their support for Team Rockville.

Team Rockville recently met with the residents of Collingswood Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center who were interested in the upcoming election. Collingswood provides short-term care for people who are transitioning from hospital to home, as well as long-term residential care, and is one of only two skilled nursing facilities in the area to provide onsite hemodialysis. In the last election, the residents didn’t know any of the candidates so for 2019, they invited the Team Rockville candidates to learn more about them. The  residents were pleased to meet us and to learn that Team Rockville will be working for people like them.

The big news is that Collingswood Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center has been purchased by Marquis Health Services which “is proud to introduce a whole new level of post-acute care to the communities of Montgomery County.” They planning for $4.5 million in renovations, including the addition of approximately 30 private rooms and expansions of the therapy gym and common spaces, such as the dining areas and day rooms.

Team Rockville is pleased to have such a sterling facility in our City because it helps create a community that serves residents receive the care they need at every stage of life—that’s what makes a city a community. We hope you agree with us and vote for Virginia Onley for Mayor and Cindy Cotte Griffiths, James Hedrick, David Myles, and Mark Pierzchala for City Council.

Team Rockville candidates David Myles, Cindy Cotte Griffiths, Virginia Onley, and James Hedrick at Collingswood Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Rockville.

Team Rockville Announces Its Candidates for Rockville’s Mayor and Council

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Virginia Onley, Rockville City Councilmember and Candidate for Mayor

Today Team Rockville announced its candidates for Rockville’s Mayor and Council for the November 5, 2019 election at the Henderson-Smith-Edmonds American Legion Post 86 in Twinbrook.

Team Rockville consists of Virginia Onley for Mayor, Cynthia Cotte Griffiths, James Hedrick, David Myles, and Mark Pierzchala for Council.

The members of Team Rockville share a common vision for the future of the city and plan to address several pressing issues during the next term, including creating a vibrant Rockville for everyone, protecting our diverse neighborhoods, and saving Town Center.

Team Rockville to Announce its Candidates for Mayor and Council

Team Rockville will announce its candidates for Mayor and Council on Saturday, June 1 in the Twinbrook neighborhood of Rockville. Team Rockville recognizes that Rockville is a great place to live, work, learn, and play. But there is so much more we can do!

Our priorities are:

Create a Vibrant Rockville for Everyone A prosperous Rockville grows our tax base, maintains excellent services, provides more resources to pay for school construction, and continues programs for families and seniors. We will focus growth near Metro and transit centers.

Protect our Diverse Neighborhoods Allowing residential development near Metro removes incentives for ad-hoc boarding houses that plague some of our neighborhoods. We will work to revitalize deteriorating retail centers so that they add value to the community.

Make Rockville work for Everyone Team Rockville will work to include people from all communities in boards, commissions, and staff. Team Rockville will emphasize policing that works with all communities and stays focused on City issues.

Save Town Center Team Rockville will honestly address fundamental issues that prevent Town Center from succeeding. The Town Center master plan and zoning can be improved, and we should embrace the proximity to Metro and allow a density that more effectively supports businesses.

Team Rockville Makes it Work! We do our homework and work for the City’s future. Team Rockville’s elected officials have governed sensibly and have kept a careful eye on your tax dollars!

It’s all about our Children! This year’s Team Rockville members have children from less than one year in age, to preschool, to high school, to young adults, and to grandchildren. We work for all our children before school, in school, and for when they become adults.

The members of Team Rockville will work collegially and respectfully with residents, businesses, and city staff to seek fact-based solutions that work for the entire community. We will make decisions with an eye on Rockville’s future as well as its present.


Thanks for Your Support!

Thanks to your support on Election Day and the past few months, Virginia Onley, Julie Palakovich Carr, and Mark Pierzchala were elected to the Rockville City Council.  We could not have won re-election without the votes, donations, volunteers, and moral support of everyone involved with our campaign. Although they won’t be joined by Sima Osdoby and Clark Reed, Councilmembers Onley, Palakovich Carr, and Pierzchala look forward to working within Mayor Bridget Newton and Councilmember Beryl Feinberg towards finishing a Rockville Pike Plan, addressing the challenges of Town Center and neighborhood centers, making our streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists, and continuing to represent all of the people who live and work in Rockville. If you have ideas, comments, concerns, or questions about these topics or others, please contact Virginia, Julie, and Mark by letter, email, or phone, through the City of Rockville anytime.

Please join us for the inauguration of the newly elected Rockville Mayor and Council on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater in the Rockville Civic Center, 603 Edmonston Drive (Silver Rock, Burgundy, and Twinbrook neighborhoods).  The event is free and open to the public.

Sima Osdoby Says It’s Time to Stop Saying “No” and to Take Charge of Our Future

KatzOsdoby-67The King Farm Candidate Forum last Tuesday was the last public opportunity that candidates for Rockville Mayor and Council could share their vision for Rockville and why they deserve your vote on Tuesday, November 3.  We’ll be sharing our closing statements as a series, concluding with Sima Osdoby, candidate for Mayor:

Bridget Newton says she serves on other organizations to represent the interests of Rockville.

Well, then that is just fine, but I don’t know what she was doing in Annapolis on February 26, 2015 at a hearing on state legislation the city considered a priority. The Mayor and Council had voted to oppose proposed changes to the state ethics law (Mayor & Council minutes, Item 16, 6/23/14; Video: Bridget Newton would have been expected to present that viewpoint in Annapolis. Three days before, she informed the Council that she would not “be available to testify on behalf of Rockville.”

Another Council member went instead, only to find Bridget Newton there after all! But the Rockville Mayor in fact testified AGAINST the City’s position on behalf of another organization (caught on video: at 00.56.15). Not only did Bridget Newton fail to represent her own city, but she never informed her colleagues she would testify AGAINST the City’s position—an erosion of trust and responsibility.

I’ve enjoyed serving my New Mark Commons neighborhood and the Rockville community for Continue reading “Sima Osdoby Says It’s Time to Stop Saying “No” and to Take Charge of Our Future”

Virginia Onley Values Civility, Honesty, and Respect

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The King Farm Candidate Forum last Tuesday was the last public opportunity that candidates for Rockville Mayor and Council could share their vision for Rockville and why they deserve your vote on Tuesday, November 3.  We’ll be sharing our closing statements as a series, now with Virginia Onley:

I have been called the “swing vote” on our Council. I will continue to be your independent “swing vote” on the Council, listening to your concerns regardless what the issue may be.

On a personal note: I am a single, African American, fixed-income woman living at the Americana Centre in the center of Rockville. I am a 22-year resident of this city. My father was a welder by profession, who worked for Bethlehem Steel Corporation and my son Ted, the father of my grandchildren, is a police officer and one of the County’s hostage negotiators.

With this background, I hold certain values dear: Continue reading “Virginia Onley Values Civility, Honesty, and Respect”

Julie Palakovich Carr Wants to Work with People Who Get Things Done

Julie Palakovich Carr

The King Farm Candidate Forum last Tuesday was the last public opportunity that candidates for Rockville Mayor and Council could share their vision for Rockville and why they deserve your vote on Tuesday, November 3.  We’ll be sharing our closing statements as a series, now with Julie Palakovich Carr:

Tonight is final debate before the election.

With the demise of our local newspaper, there hasn’t been any entity to probe some of the questionable statements that have arisen during the course of this campaign. When a candidate pads his resume or lies about the source of campaign funding for his opponent, there isn’t anyone to check the facts.

I want to set the record straight on a few issues.

One of the misleading statements that has been bandied about is the supposed “independence” of certain candidates. Make no mistake about it: there are two teams of candidates running in this election. One team, Team Rockville, is being open and honest with you about our efforts to get elected together. The same cannot be said for the other candidates who have Continue reading “Julie Palakovich Carr Wants to Work with People Who Get Things Done”