Meet the Candidate
What are Jim's priorities
• ENSURE public safety needs keep pace with our growing city.
• ENHANCE our neighborhood watch programs.
• REQUIRE new schools be included in future development plans to alleviate overcrowding, including the Kentlands.
• REINVEST in legacy neighborhoods like Olde Towne and along the Route 355 corridor.
• REDEVELOP Lakeforest area.
• SUPPORT small business owners.
• EXPLORE traffic solutions at the intersection of Route 355 and Montgomery Village Avenue.
• ADD more MARC trains in both directions throughout the day—not just rush hour.
• FORM public-private partnerships to create apprentice programs for skilled labor.
• EXPAND mental health resources.
• IMPROVE communication between the City and our citizens.
• ENCOURAGE more residents to participate in their local government to increase opportunities for all voices to be heard.
• LISTEN to residents' concerns to find pragmatic, creative solutions to new challenges.
Jim McNulty wants to bring a new voice and a new skillset to Gaithersburg City Council. Jim has been active in our community since moving to Gaithersburg in 2009 and is embarking on his first campaign for public office. As a television producer and marketing executive, a huge part of Jim's work has been problem solving and finding creative solutions to challenges. He wants to bring his pragmatic, sensible approach to local government.
In 2011, Jim founded The Upper Room PTSD Support Group after he was taken hostage by an eco-terrorist at Discovery Channel headquarters in Silver Spring. He credits the Montgomery County SWAT team with saving his life. Since then, Jim has actively looked for opportunities where he can make the most difference. In addition to working with veterans and other trauma survivors in his support group, Jim spent five years volunteering as a head baseball coach between both the Montgomery County Little League and UMAC, not just teaching our kids the great game of baseball, but life skills like teamwork, perseverance and sportsmanship. Jim has been the President of the Saybrooke Homeowners Association since 2015, and has served on its Board of Directors since 2013. He was a finalist for the late Henry Marraffa's vacant city council seat this past winter, and also serves on the City's Olde Towne Advisory Committee and Transportation Committee. Additionally, Jim volunteers for the NBC4 Food 4 Families campaign, helping to bring Thanksgiving meals to needy families in our area.
Jim was born in Upper Darby, Pa., a blue-collar suburb west of Philadelphia. He graduated cum laude from The University of Scranton (Pa.) with a degree in communication. Jim first moved to the Washington, D.C., area in 1997, with stops in Alexandria, Va., Germantown and Rockville. He now lives in the Saybrooke neighborhood of Gaithersburg with his wife, Amy, and their two children, both of whom attend St. Martin of Tours School in Olde Towne. Jim is a small business owner, opening his own boutique creative agency, Würdsmith Creative, in 2014, after nearly two decades working for national cable networks such as HGTV and TLC, and local television stations WJLA Channel 7 and WRC NBC4 in Washington, D.C.
Jim has already had a positive effect on the City of Gaithersburg. He led the push to pressure the Maryland State Highway Administration to complete intersection improvements at the intersection of Midcounty Highway and Woodfield Road/Saybrooke Oaks Blvd. The delays had directly contributed to six different collisions at that intersection in just over a month's time.
When homeowners living along Victory Farm Blvd. were experiencing threats, littering and other quality of life issues on their property due to non-residents parking behind their homes, Jim spearheaded the efforts to lobby the City Council and staff to study the issue. Together with the support of concerned neighbors from Audubon Square, Newport Estates, Whetstone Run, Villa Ridge and Saybrooke, the parking regulations were changed and the issues were resolved.
Within his own community, Jim has worked hard together with the Saybrooke Board of Directors to change the culture of their Association, bringing in a new management company, working to modernize their bylaws, and improving communication between the Board and membership. His reasonable, pragmatic approach has gotten praise from neighbors who recognize and appreciate the positive changes Jim has brought about.
Gaithersburg was recently recognized as the most diverse city in America, yet in our last municipal election only 11% of registered voters cast a ballot. More things happen at the local level that affects our daily lives. We need more people to participate to take advantage of that rich diversity that makes Gaithersburg great!
If you're registered to vote in our state, county and national elections, and reside within the city limits of Gaithersburg, you are eligible to vote in the municipal election on November 7. If you are not registered, or if you need to update your registration, download a voter registration form (available in English and Spanish) from the Montgomery County Board of Elections and return the completed form to them no later than October 23, 2017. See the Gaithersburg Elections page for more details, including a map showing your polling place.
There are two Council seats available on November 7. Please consider casting one of your two votes for Jim McNulty to bring a new voice to Gaithersburg City Council.
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