The Committee for Ethnic Affairs advises the Montgomery County, MD County Executive and County Council on public policy that relates to ethnic affairs; promotes maximum involvement of all ethnic groups in the County in government, business and community affairs.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Gaithersburg Student Selected as “Top 4 Finalist” in Maryland Municipal League Essay Contest

 Each year the Maryland Municipal League (MML), in partnership with the Maryland Mayors’ Association, the Injured Workers’ Insurance Fund and the Local Government Insurance Trust, hosts the “If I Were Mayor…” essay contest for fourth graders throughout the state of Maryland.  The theme this year was “Working Together Works.”

More than 2,700 essays were received by the MML, and in May winners from each of the eleven districts were selected.  MML also provided recognition to the Top 4 Finalists from each district.  Kevin Garcia, a Brown Station Elementary School student in Ms. Hansa Rau’s fourth grade class, was named a Top 4 Finalist for District 5, hich encompasses the City of Gaithersburg.  Amongst the things Kevin said he would do if he were mayor was to “tell architects and builders to work together to build more shelters for the homeless.  I think it would be a good idea to build more shelters because the homeless have nothing and we need to help them.”

Kevin will read his full essay at the Gaithersburg Mayor and City Council meeting on Monday, June 6, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.  The meeting is carried live within the City limits on Comcast and RCN channel 13 and FiOS channel 25.  It can also be viewed live via streaming video at

For more information on the MML “If I Were Mayor…” contest please visit

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