With a week left before the Rockville mayor and council election, candidates are mailing their last campaign materials and turning their efforts more to face-to-face interaction with voters.
Bridget Donnell Newton and Mark Pierzchala, both current council members, are running for mayor.
Newton said she has been knocking on doors and going to meet-and-greet coffees to talk with potential voters.
“We’re working very hard,” she said. “I think it’s been really fun, and the weather’s cooperating.”
Pierzchal said he has been campaigning door to door and attending coffees and forums in the last days before the election. He said it’s hard to say who will win, but he thinks higher voter turnout will help him and his Team Rockville slate.
“We just don’t know how it’s going to turn out because there’s no polling,” he said.
The second round of campaign fundraising reports were due Monday. They show that so far in the campaign, through Sunday, Newton had raised more than $21,500 and spent more than $16,700, while Pierzchala had raised more than $13,700 and spent more than $13,400.
In the race for four council seats, the six candidates include four members of the Team Rockville slate — Beryl L. Feinberg, current council member Tom Moore, Virginia Onley and Julie Palakovich Carr. The other two candidates — Don Hadley and Claire Marcuccio Whitaker — are not part of a slate.
Like the mayoral candidates, Whitaker said she has been going to meet-and-greets to get the word out.
“Of course, there’ll be a last big push to get voters out, and hopefully voting for me,” she said.
She also said she is getting some of her campaign literature translated into Spanish and Chinese, and she has picked up endorsements from Maryland Sen. Jennie Forehand, Montgomery County Councilman Marc Elrich and Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz.
Moore said the slate members are trying to outwork the other candidates.
“We’re still out there knocking on doors. We’re going to be hitting every door in a couple of neighborhoods this coming weekend,” he said. “We’re pushing to the very last second.”
Feinberg said she is playing catch-up since she was out of commission earlier in the campaign due to illness.
“I would love to have more hours in the day, and I would love to have more days in the week,” she said.
Several candidates said they have enjoyed hearing from voters throughout the campaign.
Palakovich Carr said is spending final days of the campaign knocking on doors and talking to voters.
“The best part about the campaign has been getting to talk to so many people from all across Rockville,” to hear their concerns and what’s important to them, she said.
Onley said she has been campaigning since she ran unsuccessfully for council in 2011.
“I’ve run a very long campaign, and there are people who’ve been with me every minute, every step of the way,” she said.
Hadley said he has also been knocking on doors to meet voters, including one man who said he hadn’t been contacted by a candidate in 30 years and someone else who slammed a door in his face.
Hadley said he hopes for a large turnout and that voters will give some indication of what direction they want the city to go in over the next years.
“We’ve met so many good people,” he said. “... I think Rockville has a very bright future.”