Gaithersburg voters won’t have any choices to make when they cast their ballots for the city council elections Nov. 5.
All petitions and applications to become candidates were required to be filed by Sept. 20, and since no new applicants have entered the race, the mayor and council members will run unopposed.
The city’s Board of Supervisors of Elections are scheduled to meet Wednesday evening to certify the candidates’ petitions and review their campaign finance reports, according to city elections clerk Lauren Klingler. There are no write-in candidates allowed in Gaithersburg city municipal elections.
Mayor Sidney Katz, Council Vice President Mike Sesma, and Councilman Henry Marraffa’s terms end this year, and all have decided to seek re-election for another four-year term.
Katz held a council seat from 1978 to 1998, when he was first elected mayor. He is headed to his fifth mayoral term from 2014 to 2018.
Sesma has served on Gaithersburg’s council since 2005. Marraffa has held a council seat since 1995.
The three candidates have already attended mandatory training sessions presented by city staff. The sessions cover the city’s election laws, ethics requirements, campaign guidelines and electronic filing.
Elections will be held Nov. 5. and polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. City Hall will also be open for early voting on Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Nov. 2 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.