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Voters in Rockville will go to the polls Tuesday to choose their Mayor and Council representatives for the next two years.

Two candidates are running for mayor: Councilwoman Bridget Donnell Newton and Councilman Mark Peirzchala. Six candidates are running for four council seats: Beryl L. Feinberg, Donald H. Hadley, Councilman Tom Moore, Virginia Onley, Julie Palakovich Carr and Claire Marcuccio Whitaker.

Newton said Monday that she was continuing to knock on doors and talk to voters, who she said seemed to want to find out where candidates stand on different issues.

“People are very interested in the issues, and that’s great,” she said.

Pierzchala said he is spending most of the last day before the election doing literature drops around neighborhoods he thinks are going to be tight or important to the campaign. He also said he has been trying to respond to fliers and other forms of campaigning that he feels have distorted his position on the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance.

“We feel like we’re fighting a lot of distortion at the last minute,” he said. “... I put my voting record out there, and I think I would be a stronger mayor. That’s what I’m trying to say (to voters).”

In addition to picking the Mayor and Council, Rockville voters can weigh in on proposed changes to the city’s charter. That vote is nonbinding, since the Mayor and Council have the final authority on whether or not to change the charter.

Polls in Rockville are scheduled to be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Residents can find their polling place and other voting information at rockvillemd.gov/election13.

To read The Gazette’s election coverage, including interviews with the candidates, visit www.gazette.net/section/votersguiderville.

Voters in Gaithersburg and Takoma Park also have elections Tuesday. Incumbents in both communities are running unopposed.

ewaibel@gazette.net