Council Candidate Neil Harris

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On August 26, 2019, the Board of Supervisors of Elections certified the candidacies of Neil Harris, Ryan Spiegel, and Robert T. Wu for the three City Council positions up for election in the City of Gaithersburg on November 5, 2019.  The at-large City Council Members will each serve a four-year term. 

Neil HarrisNeil Harris

  • Age: 63

  • Residency in Gaithersburg:  30 years

  • Education: Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, MBA; University of Maryland University College – BS in Business & Management; Northeast High School, Philadelphia, Pa.

  • Occupation: Consultant

  • Experience in Municipal, County, State or Federal Government: Gaithersburg City Council 2014 to present; Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Transportation Planning Board 2014 to present

  • Organizations, Committees, Clubs: Kentlands Citizens Assembly (HOA) Chairman, 2012-14, President 2006-08.

  • Special Recognition or Awards: Fellow of the Academy of Excellence in Local Government

  • Campaign Website:

I am seeking reelection because I want to extend my commitment to quality of life, fiscal discipline, good schools, and smart growth.

I have lived in Gaithersburg for more than three decades. I love this community and it has been my great honor to serve it first as an home owners association leader and now as an elected member of the City Council. My understanding of Gaithersburg and our needs has deepened since I joined the council, and during my tenure I have sought to strengthen our reputation as the best managed municipality in Maryland bringing my experience and judgement as a businessman to the work of the council.

My Commitments:

Fiscal Responsibility: I championed a stronger investment strategy for the city, which produced a $2 million annual increase in revenue from interest income, and have advocated for low taxes and careful spending.

Smart Infrastructure Growth: I have supported better approaches to development in a number of high-profile projects, including the Johnson tract and the Kentlands Square renovation, and strongly advocated for the pedestrian bridge funded by Astra Zeneca.

Safe and Modern Schools: I have consistently supported expanded school capacity, including the construction of a new elementary school for Gaithersburg, added capacity for Quince Orchard, and a new high school at Crown Farm.

Thriving Transportation Networks: I have been a prominent advocate for better long-range transportation planning in our community, seeking to reduce congestion, promoting shared use paths and bicycle route connectivity, and significant CCT and Route 28 improvements.