Though Rockville's campaign season is already off to an early start, there will be at least one name voters will not see among the field of candidates in November.
Councilman John F. Hall Jr. told his colleagues Monday that he did not plan to seek re-election:
“I wish you all well and I invite the members of our community who have a similar desire, commitment and acumen to serve in this way to please enter the contest and work to serve Rockville in the way that she deserves to be served—with time, care, balance, selflessness, openness, respect, discernment and devotion to our laws, principles, and the goodness that have always made Rockville the outstanding community [that] it is.”
Hall was elected to the Council in 2011, having served two terms on the Council between 2001 and 2005. In 2005, he opted to not seek re-election to spend more time with family, Patch has reported.
Hall was unavailable for comment at the time this article was published.
City elections are Nov. 5. Two sitting councilmembers—Mark Pierzchala and Tom Moore—have announced their intentions to run for office, as part of the Team Rockville slate.
Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio and Councilwoman Bridget Donnell Newton—who endorsed Hall in 2011—have not publicly announced plans to run.
Councilman Hall's statement:
Your Honor, I would like to take just a moment of your time to make something of a personal statement.
My friends, I will not be joining those who will be seeking city office in the upcoming election, and accordingly, I wish you all well, and I invite those members of our community who have a similar desire, commitment, and acumen to serve in this way to, please, enter the contest and work to serve Rockville as she deserves to be served -- with time, care, balance, selflessness, openness, respect, discernment, and devotion to our laws, principles, and the goodness that have always made Rockville the outstanding community which it is.
I hope that you'll agree that we have achieved some important objectives together during the past two years. I thank each of you for your part and partnership in making these things a reality. While we may have strong disagreements, there is no one sitting on this dais who does not have in his or her heart the best interests of our city, and I believe that we have -- all of us -- worked hard to advance the fundamental mandate of collegial, mutually-respectful governance. In that context, I look forward to our continued cooperation on the APFO and other important matters which we will address in the coming months.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank my wife, Malgosia, my son, Jan, my long-time friend and treasurer, Glenn Doerrman, and all of the friends and neighbors who have tirelessly supported me and all of us in our efforts to serve our city. I also want to thank our entire City of Rockville community, our City Staff, and you, my colleagues, for the honor and opportunity to serve our wonderful community once again as a councilmember on this august body. There is no greater privilege to which I—or anyone -- could aspire than to serve on the governing body of this great city that we all love and which we're all immensely proud to serve. For that privilege, I thank you all.