Mark knows Rockville through-and-through. He knows how to read the budget and how to read the City’s master plan and zoning ordinance. He has also biked every street in the City 4 times and walked every street once. Read about his CityWalk from 2014 through 2015:
Mark’s knowledge of Rockville means that he has a deep understanding of the issues and holds a record of accomplishment for Rockville’s future unlike any other. He studies issues carefully and provides a steady and reasoned voice on the body.
Interested in learning more about Mark’s positions on the issues? Check out the link below.
Jobs and economic development
Rockville should embrace a more vibrant private economy that is less dependent upon government employment. We must learn to thrive with a greater mix of private jobs. We need to stop discouraging private enterprises that could provide employment for our next generation of workers.
Mark led the awareness effort in 2018 that alerted neighborhoods of the plans to widen I-270 to 16 lanes. He continues to lead the fight against the negative impacts of i-270 widening. This highway widening will greatly impact the western 2/3 of the City. Our anti-growth policies have come back to haunt us. Many people move north of Rockville and then want a wider I-270. This is one reason Mark wants development near our Metro and transit centers.
Mark supports productivity improvements and will consider buy-outs for the City’s retirement-ready staff as a way to reduce spending. He also supports increasing the City’s tax base.
Mark will propose a plan to solve the $2.5 billion-dollar school capacity deficit. He will continue to support developments that generate more school capacity (through impact fees) than school children. Stopping all residential development actually reduces school construction resources and makes the problem worse! We have to be smarter than that.
A welcoming community
Mark will make Rockville work for everyone. Mark loves our cultural and linguistic diversity and wants every community to contribute to our prosperity. Check out the 15 language buttons on the Home Page!
Behavioral Ethics Ordinance
Mark will propose a behavioral ethics ordinance to address unfortunate behavior by a few of the elected.
RedGate Golf Course
Mark advocates a strategic evaluation of the 144 acres in the context of advancing citywide goals. The City spent more than $3 million dollars subsidizing golf when there are many other public golf courses nearby. We must be flexible in what we allow to happen on this property and perhaps use the property to raise money for the costly King Farm Farmstead and Town Center attraction.
Rockshire Village Center
Mark supports the community’s desire for a mixed-use development with modest residential density and local shops that the neighborhood can support, along with some open green community space. If neighbors west of I-270 don’t want nearby dense residential development, then they should support development near Metro such as in Town Center and Twinbrook where it makes sense.
Smart growth policies
Mark supports smart growth. This puts homes near transit and helps keep cars off the roads. This kind of growth makes room for our children, providing first homes in Rockville. More new homes near Metro reduces the market to build homes away from transit!
Rockville should encourage commercially affordable housing near transit. This is a way to keep ad-hoc boarding houses out of our neighborhoods! It will also allow teachers, police, and firefighters to live among us. More housing near transit can help remove incentives for developments that depend on cars.
Rockville must address the fundamental economic and development obstacles to Town Center success. The City keeps shoveling money into the area (about $50 million so far), is subsidizing a grocery store ($400,000/year for 5 years), but then keeps getting in the way of its success! Town Center must compete and succeed in the face of new commercial developments such as Twinbrook Quarter, Rio, and Pike and Rose. We need a major attraction in Town Center such as the Kid Museum, Rockville Science Center, or Adventure Theatre. The obstacles to Town Center success waste your taxpayer dollars.
Broader Council representation
Mark supports raising the number of Councilmembers from 4 members to 6 (in addition to the Mayor). There have been 5 elected officials on the Rockville Mayor and Council since 1888 when they represented about 700 residents. This was many years before women were allowed to vote. There are now almost 70,000 residents in Rockville. There is no way 5 people can represent this diversity.
Mark will propose a tie-breaking clause to the candidate selection process when there is a vacancy and the remaining body cannot agree on a replacement.
King Farm Farmstead
Mark has been the singular champion of the historic Farmstead since 2009. He supports public/private partnerships to revitalize the farmstead. Mark will propose that the City immediately restore the horse barn and bring in utilities to the property as seed improvements that will make it easier to attract a private partner. The Farmstead needs between $10 Million and $20 Million of improvements. It has the potential to provide a huge amount of flexible interior space, transforming it into a recreational gem.
Mark will continue to support methods to control the deer population. This has been an issue that Mark has championed since 2009.