Vote Jud Ashman for Mayor of Gaithersburg

Our City election is coming up on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

This is a great time to be in public service. What the public needs most right now is responsible, reliable, professional, friendly service. That’s what we do here.

On November 7th, when you vote Jud Ashman for Mayor, you’re voting for:

  • Responsive, open government
  • Revitalizing our aging neighborhoods
  • Establishing our City as a major cultural destination
  • Growing our local economy and job opportunities
  • Commitment to safe neighborhoods and commercial areas
  • A responsible approach to growth
  • Sound fiscal policy
  • Good stewardship of our natural resources
  • Commitment to preserving and improving our Quality of Life in Gaithersburg
meet Jud Ashman

Meet Jud

Experience, Perspective, and Vision

Inspired by our community and what a great place Gaithersburg has been to live and to raise my kids, I’ve been active in local public affairs for more than 15 years.  It all started with volunteering with the PTA at Brown Station Elementary School and eventually blossomed into a seven-year stint on the City Council, and now as Mayor.  Here are some of the highlights from over the years:

  • Mayor of Gaithersburg: November 2014 – Present
  • Member, Gaithersburg City Council: 2007 – 2014
  • Founder and Chair, Gaithersburg Book Festival: 2008 – Present
  • Recipient of the County Executive’s Award for Excellence in the Arts & Humanities – 2012
  • Coordinator, Quince Orchard High School Cluster of PTAs: 2005 – 2007
  • President, Brown Station Elementary School PTA: 2002 – 2003
  • Board Member, Orchard Place Homeowner’s Association: 2007 – 2011
  • Youth Sports Coach, Gaithersburg Parks and Recreation: 2000 – 2003

More About Me

Occupation: I’m the owner of a growing web design, development, & hosting firm, Web Mobile Image. My team and I pride ourselves on delivering excellent service to our clients, and building outstanding websites!

Birthplace: Miami, Florida

Family: I live with my wonderful wife, Lee.  The Gaithersburg community was a terrific place to raise our kids Jeff, now 27  and Jenna, now 24.

Pets: Two neurotic cats – Kricket, who remains completely food-obsessed in a crazy way; and Cooper, who is torn between wanting us to turn on the water faucet and wanting to play.

Neighborhood: Orchard Place, a charming little townhouse community on the west side of NIST, adjacent to the Diamond Farms Post Office.

Education: Bachelor’s Degree, University of Miami, Double Major in Journalism and Political Science
Fellow, University of Maryland, Academy of Excellence in Local Governance

Awards and Recognition: The Montgomery County Executive’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities, 2012; EPIC Award for Excellence & Dedication for Teaching and Sharing the Arts & Humanities, 2017

Leadership Philosophy: I’ve always believed that leadership begins with listening. Then, it comes down to doing your homework, weighing factors/balancing priorities, and making the best decision to serve the interests of the community.

Where you’ll find me on Friday nights during the Fall:
Quince Orchard High School football games. Go QO!

Why I believe reading is so important;
The historian, David McCullough, said it perfectly: “You read nonfiction to learn the truth about history, and you read literature to learn the truth about human nature.” I try to do both – and as often as possible. This love of the written word played a big role in my founding the Gaithersburg Book Festival.

Some of my favorite books and authors: (just a few… I can go on forever!)
Fiction: ”The Age of Innocence”, Edith Wharton; “All the King’s Men”, Robert Penn Warren; ”Lonesome Dove”, Larry McMurtry; “The Grapes of Wrath”, John Steinbeck; “The Things They Carried”, Tim O’Brien; “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay”, Michael Chabon; “The Fountainhead”, Ayn Rand

Non-Fiction: “What It Takes”, Richard Ben Cramer; “The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt”, Edmund Morris; “Dreadnought”, Robert Massie; “Truman”, David McCullough; ”Godel, Escher Bach”, Douglas Hofstadter; “Battle Cry of Freedom”, James MacPherson; “The Right Stuff”, Tom Wolfe; “No Ordinary Time”, Doris Kearns Goodwin; “A Bridge Too Far”, Cornelius Ryan


What I Stand For

What We’ve Accomplished

Celebrate Gaithersburg

I am not the kind of person who likes to assert himself in front of others and say “I did this, and I built that.” The fact is, I’m part of a great team that includes the City Council, our staff, our partners, our volunteers, and our residents.  Our greatest accomplishments will always be...

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My Platform

Gaithersburg City Hall

My job as Mayor is, first and foremost, to be the 'conductor of the orchestra.'  I speak for the City; I work with the City Council to set priorities and provide direction to staff; and I work with City staff, our partners, and our volunteers to get things done for the good of Gaithersburg. I...

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The Book Festival

On May 20th, we hosted our eightth annual Gaithersburg Book Festival. We set a record for attendance; an astounding 22,0000. For the seventh year in a row, C-SPAN broadcast the event, all-day, to a national audience. And, based on the attendee surveys, the GBF is continuing to grow, continuing to...

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