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Spiegel Becomes Maryland Municipal League President
Elected by the membership in 2018, Spiegel assumed the position of President during the organization’s annual conference.
Elected by the membership as President-Elect in 2018, Council Member Ryan Spiegel assumed the position of President of the Maryland Municipal League (MML) on June 26, 2019, during the organization’s annual conference. Spiegel succeeds Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton as President of MML.
“I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to lead this great organization,” said Spiegel. “I have selected ‘Reimagine Tomorrow’ as the theme for my presidency to highlight the innovative and forward-thinking ways that Maryland’s cities and towns are solving problems and improving the lives of their residents.” Spiegel also plans to explore ways to modernize the League’s own operations to ensure its continued strength well into the future.
As MML’s Legislative Committee chair in 2018, Spiegel led the successful effort to have the Maryland General Assembly restore much-needed transportation funding, known as Highway User Revenues, which had been slashed by 90% in 2009, during the Great Recession. This victory returned millions of dollars to address a backlog of road maintenance and other projects in cities and towns throughout the state.
Among MML’s many legislative accomplishments this past year were the continued advocacy for the preservation of local zoning authority for small cell installations, advocacy for education funding through the Kirwan Commission as well as school construction funding, and the defeat of a bill that would have limited the use of state Program Open Space funding.
MML represents the 157 cities and towns in Maryland, and the 1.5 million people who live in them. It advocates for municipal priorities in Annapolis, and as the association for mayors, council members and other municipal officials, it works to provide education, networking, research, and other resources and support services for both elected officials and staff. For more information on the Maryland Municipal League, visit www.mdmunicipal.org.