Jim McNulty Enters 2021 Race for Gaithersburg City Council
Discovery Channel Hostage Survivor Running to Give Back to His Community
GAITHERSBURG, Md.—Jim McNulty officially launched his campaign for Gaithersburg City Council today with a video on his social media platforms and website. McNulty is running for one of the two city council seats that are expiring this November.
McNulty, 47, is the Chair of the Olde Town Advisory Committee, a subcommittee of the city’s Economic Development Committee, and is the former president of the Saybrooke Homeowners Association, a community of 478 single-family homes on the city’s east side.
“I’m running to bring a new voice and a new skill set to Gaithersburg,” McNulty said.
McNulty’s campaign video focuses on the economic challenges facing Gaithersburg’s small business community in light of the pandemic, and the need to attract new jobs to the city.
“We need to make Gaithersburg an even more attractive place to create more jobs. Not just biotech, but all kinds of jobs: office jobs, union jobs, skilled labor and entrepreneurs.”
McNulty has also been a vocal advocate on education and transportation issues, as well as mental health. He testified multiple times before the Montgomery County Board of Education and Gaithersburg Mayor and City Council in support of building a new elementary school at Kelley Park.
In 2012, McNulty founded a peer-to-peer support group for trauma survivors at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Rockville, Md. McNulty was one of three people taken hostage by an eco-terrorist at the former headquarters of Discovery Communications in Silver Spring, Md., two years earlier.
This year the City of Gaithersburg will use a hybrid process that allows for mail-in or in-person voting. All registered voters in the city will receive an application for a mail-in ballot, and can also request one online. Early Voting will take place at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park on October 23 and 24. Election Day polls are open Tuesday, November 2, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information about Jim McNulty’s campaign, visit jimmcnulty.org. For more information about the Gaithersburg Municipal Elections, visit gaithersburgmd.gov/government/elections.