Election Day!

If you haven’t voted yet, please drop your ballot at City Hall before 8 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, November 5. If you’re ballot has been misplaced or damaged, or you never received one, please talk to the election staff and volunteers at City Hall–they will be happy to help you!

Thank you to the best campaign volunteers anyone could ask for!

One thing I’ve learned from Rockville residents through my community leadership is that we all love our City and want Rockville to continue to be the place we choose to call home.

City government is about people. It’s about a measure of success that focuses on how many lives made better, and it’s about doing everything we can to elevate our shared experiences and quality of life.

When I was elected president of the East Rockville Civic Association, the 2004 neighborhood plan had been on a shelf for a decade with little to no implementation. It needed a champion. On behalf of the neighborhood I reached out to City staff and restarted the planning process. Four years later the Stonestreet Plan stands on its own and we are closing in on the city’s first set of neighborhood design guidelines, in addition to being well on our way to a neighborhood plan that promises to maintain our vibrant community for the next generation. I led East Rockville through a successful process that accomplished more in four years than in the previous two decades. It took a willingness to listen and learn, hard work, and a deep commitment to working effectively with diverse stakeholders.

In addition to leading East Rockville:

  • I’ve served on the Board of Directors of Peerless Rockville
  • I’m currently a member of the Rockville Pedestrian Advocacy Committee
  • I’ve served as a featured speaker in the Rockville University, or “Rock U” program
  • I was a member of the Recreation and Parks community leader panel for their strategic plan update.
  • Professionally, I’m the operations director at a non-profit with the mission of advancing ethics and leadership in oral healthcare.

This is a snapshot of my most recent community and professional leadership. For more, please visit my website at https://suzan4rockville.com/.

As your Councilmember, we’ll work together to:

  • Right-size the 2040 Plan for our neighborhoods and get growth right.
  • Prioritize environmental sustainability and systematically address climate change, protecting our tree canopy and ensuring the health of our watersheds.
  • Fiercely advocate for our kids and schools.
  • And face the challenges we have now, and plan for the ones we’ll be facing in the future with pragmatic, practical solutions that enhance our quality of life.

Thank you for your continued support! I encourage you to also consider supporting the other members of the Rockville Forward Coalition–Bridget Newton for Mayor, Councilmember Beryl Feinberg for reelection, and Kuan Lee and Monique Ashton for Council.

Helpful links:
City of Rockville Candidate website
Twinbrook Community Association Questionnaire
Bethesda Magazine Candidate Profile
Rockville Forward
City of Rockville Elections

It Takes a Village

Essential to the diversity we are rightly proud of in Rockville is the inter-generational nature of our neighborhoods. I am proud that I helped establish our Village several years ago with a very insistent mentor and friend.

East Rockville’s first Village holiday party was fun for all ages.

Today at the Rockville Senior Citizens Commission’s Candidate Forum, one of the other candidates brought up my friend and mentor, who needs a little more help than she did several years ago, and inadvertently described my son and some of the things he helps her with. I’m glad he appreciates my family’s commitment to service. The pairing of teenagers with senior neighbors is one of the best things that a Village can do for a neighborhood. I see the self-esteem my son has developed in part because he knows how impactful it can be to help others, and having an older friend makes him feel like a real community member. I know their visits do her good, as well, and not just because her lawn gets mowed or her snow shoveled.

Some of the specific ideas I shared this morning at the Senior Center are things we can do to foster inter-generational diversity so that we’re caring for one another at every age.

Things like:

  • Encouraging job sharing between teenagers and seniors who want a part-time job. School has become so demanding it can be hard for kids to have a job, so why not share a part-time position with a senior who can mentor them as they enter the work force.
  • Advocating with MCPS to offer yard work for seniors as a P.E. credit as other districts around the country have done.
  • Offering service-learning hours through the neighborhood Villages.

The City of Rockville is rightly committed to diversity, and that commitment should be reflected in how we translate diversity into inclusion both within the senior population and between the senior population and the broader community. Diverse needs don’t end at 60, and our seniors continue to have much to contribute to Rockville.

Rockville Forward Coalition at the Senior Citizens Commission public forum on October 10, 2019.

What I’m reading:

Bliss, Laura. “7 Reasons Why Aging Riders Need Better Transit.” CityLab, 4 Aug. 2017, www.citylab.com/transportation/2017/08/older-people-will-need-much-better-transit/535806/.

Goodyear, Sarah, et al. “What Does ‘Livable’ Mean to Older Americans?” CityLab, 15 May 2014, www.citylab.com/solutions/2014/04/what-does-livable-mean-older-americans/8968/.

Henkin, Nancy, and Emily Patrick. “Intergenerational: Grantmakers in Aging.” Intergenerational | Grantmakers in Aging, Grantmakers in Aging, https://www.giaging.org/issues/intergenerational-strategies/.


The ballots are out! Rockville is making history as the first city in Maryland to launch a vote-by-mail election.

Ballots back in the box same day! #voterockville @rockvilleforward!

I’m proud of our City, and I’m especially proud of my campaign. I had some of the best people I know helping, and we’ve run a very tight, fiscally responsible campaign. I made it clear to my friends and supporters at the beginning that I wanted a super-local, no outside political groups or non-profits with political affiliations campaign that respected people’s hard-earned paychecks and limited time. We did exactly that. We ran a campaign about issues focused on elevating our shared experiences and enhancing our quality of life.

I’m asking that you vote for me so that we can move Rockville forward, together.

Please return your ballots no later than November 5 at 8 p.m! If you haven’t mailed it by October 29, I strongly encourage you to take it to City Hall, 111 Maryland Avenue, and return it to the silver vote-by-mail drop box in the parking lot.

For fun, post a photo of yourself on Facebook and use #voterockville, @suzan4rockville1, @rockvilleforward.

I’ve loved meeting so many of you, and I hope we keep in touch beyond November 5!

King Farm Chronicle Election 2019 Issue, page 16: http://www.kingfarm.org/picture/188october_king_farm_chronicle_2019.pdf

Twinbrook Community Association Questionnaire: https://www.twinbrookcommunity.org/suzan-pitman-2019

City of Rockville Candidate Page: https://rockvillereports.com/suzan-pitman/