Ashman, Henderson and McNulty certified as winners in Gaithersburg election

From left to right: Mayor of Gaithersburg, Jud Ashman, Lisa Henderson and Jim McNulty.

The mayor of Gaithersburg, Jud Ashman, will have another term in the city, and the new members of the city council will be Lisa Henderson and Jim McNulty.

Ashman received 3,871 votes against challenger Stephen Escobar’s 887, according to final results released by the city on Tuesday night.

The results include the ballots cast on Election Day (November 2), at the advance poll (October 23 and 24) and by mail.

There were 4,836 ballots in this year’s election, a turnout of 13.22%, according to the city. The turnout in the 2019 election was 6.54%.

Henderson and McNulty were the two largest voters out of five council candidates who ran for two open seats. The end results were:

  • Henderson: 2,780
  • McNulty: 2,260
  • Yamil Hernández: 1,872
  • Dave Belgard: 1,365
  • Philippe Cook: 757

Ashman, Henderson and McNulty will be sworn in at a special board meeting on November 15.

Ashman, McNulty and Henderson all appeared to be heading for victory at 3 a.m. on November 3 when the unofficial results were released – seven hours after the polls closed on election night.

Ashman, 50, has been mayor of Gaithersburg since 2014 and has been an elected official since 2007.

Henderson, 54, is an information technology specialist for the Montgomery County government and previously worked as a private sector IT consultant.

McNulty, 47, is the Creative Director of Gigawatt Group, a web design and development company. He also chairs the Old Town Advisory Committee, a subcommittee of the town’s economic development committee.

Henderson and McNulty will replace outgoing board members Mike Sesma and Laurie-Anne Sayles.

Sesma is stepping down from the board after 16 years. Sayles chose to run for a general seat on Montgomery County Council in next year’s Democratic primary.

Gaithersburg holds its election every two years, with the mayor and council members serving four-year terms. The next municipal elections will take place in November 2023.

Dan Schere can be contacted at [email protected]

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