- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 9, 2005

Residents in the Montgomery County communities of Gaithersburg, Rockville and Takoma Park elected mayors and City Council members yesterday.

Two-term Rockville Mayor Larry Giammo, 41, handily won re-election, defeating challenger Brigitta Mullican, a seven-year member of the city’s Planning Commission. With all ballots tallied, Mr. Giammo won 4,502 votes, compared to Mrs. Mullican’s 1,861 votes.

The Rockville elections garnered much of the interest among county voters, with political observers saying the mayoral vote would likely affect development in the city.

Mr. Giammo touted his efforts to revitalize the Rockville Town Center during his campaign. He has a master’s degree in business administration from Carnegie Mellon University and undergraduate degrees in finance and economics from the University of Maryland.

He and his wife, Rebecca, have two children, Ella, who was born in 2002, and Bennett, who was born in May.

During Mrs. Mullican’s campaign, she charged that too much of Rockville’s resources had been devoted to the development of the town center and said more of the city’s planning and funding should go toward revitalizing declining neighborhoods.

In the race among six candidates for four City Council seats, two-term incumbent Susan R. Hoffmann, 61, won the most votes, with 4,509.

Three-term incumbent Anne Robbins, 63, won a council seat with 4,451 votes. Challenger Phyllis Marcuccio, 72, won a seat with 4,182 votes, and six-term incumbent Bob Dorsey, 59, won the final seat with 3,882 votes.

Their challengers were Joy E. Young, 49, who received 2,724 votes, and Harry W. Thomas, 52, who received 2,421 votes.

The City Council campaign issues included a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on eminent domain, which allowed governments to take control of private property for development.

The council candidates and the mayoral candidates essentially disapproved of eminent domain.

In Gaithersburg, two-term incumbent Mayor Sidney A. Katz, 55, ran unopposed while four candidates sought two open seats on the City Council.

Challenger Michael A. Sesma, 52, won a council seat with the most votes, 1,348.

Incumbent Henry F. Marraffa Jr., 67, won a third term with 1,270 votes.

Incumbent Blanche H. Keller, 64, who sought her first full term after she was appointed to a vacant seat on the council in November 2004, lost her seat, finishing in third place with 1,261 votes.

Challenger Jud B. Ashman, 34, who ran on a joint platform with Mr. Sesma, came in fourth, with 1,225 votes.

Takoma Park voters decided between candidates in two contested races. However, election results were not available last night.

Four-term incumbent Mayor Kathy Porter, 55, ran against Seth Grimes, 46; and Colleen Clay, 41, ran against Eileen Sobeck, 51, for the vacant Ward 2 council seat.

In other Takoma Park races, Ward 1 representative Joy Austin-Lane, 39, ran unopposed for a third term. Ward 3 representative Bruce Williams, 56, ran unopposed for a seventh term. In Ward 4, Terry Seamens, 59, ran unopposed for a third term. In Ward 5, Marc Elrich, 55, ran unopposed for a 10th term. In Ward 6, Doug Barry, 54, ran unopposed for a second term.

• Arlo Wagner and Jon Ward contributed to this report.

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