Gaithersburg City Councilman Ryan Spiegel announced Thursday that he will run for the Montgomery County Council District 3 seat currently held by county Councilman Philip M. Andrews.
Andrews is running for county executive in 2014.
“This is a district that needs a good representative, and there’s an open seat,” Spiegel said.
Spiegel has served on the Gaithersburg council since 2007. He was re-elected in 2011, and is serving a four-year term that will expire in November 2015.
His announcement makes him the first declared candidate for the District 3 seat. However, no one has officially filed to run in that district as of Friday, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections website.
Spiegel said a handful of factors encouraged him to run, including his familiarity with the district and his strong relationships with business and civic leaders.
Spiegel also cited his policy experience and collaborative efforts from his time on the city council as skills he would bring to the county position.
Looking at his legislative record, Spiegel said he would like to continue working on “economic development and increasing support for vulnerable segments of the population.” Bank on Gaithersburg, a program created by Spiegel to promote financial stability for families, is another initiative he said he wants to expand.
If Spiegel is elected to the County Council, he would have to leave his seat on the Gaithersburg City Council one year before it is due to expire.
Gaithersburg city law states that if a council member vacates his seat before his term ends, the rest of the council must appoint a replacement. The appointed official will remain on the council until the next general election, provided no public petition for a special election is received within 30 days of the appointment.
In the coming weeks, Spiegel said, his campaign will begin to unfold by sharing information about policy priorities, updating its website and scheduling campaign events.