Kensington Mayor Peter Fosselman Says He’s Not Running for 6th Term

Mayor Peter Fosselman

Mayor Peter Fosselman

Kensington Mayor Peter Fosselman is not seeking a sixth term.

Mayor Fosselman made the announcement at today’s Town Council meeting. He said the decision followed much contemplation and discussion with family.

“It’s time to step aside,” he said. “Five terms is a long time.”

First elected in 2006, Fosselman first ran for mayor as a local businessman and urban planner. He applied his background and local knowledge to improving a stalled economy in Kensington. Working in concert with concerned residents and fellow council members, he strengthened building codes, changed outmoded liquor laws, modernized zoning regulations and chaperoned the town’s 30-year-old sector plan through the county’s approval process. In doing so, he and the council forged new and valuable relationships with county and state officials, winning statewide recognition. Fosselman also led a successful push, dubbed “Explore Kensington” to refresh local shopping, restaurants and amenities. Designed to unite town merchants and attract new business, that effort continues with themed street parties, cultural events and food tastings.

A lifelong believer in public service, Fosselman works full time for Montgomery County as the planning coordinator for the White Oak Science Gateway, the eastern third of Montgomery County that is being targeted for major changes and improvements.

Fosselman is the current president of the Maryland Mayors Association, the past president of the Maryland Municipal League, and has served on the boards of numerous charities. From 2011 to 2015, he served as deputy secretary of state of Maryland under governors Martin O’Malley and Larry Hogan. He was appointed after 25 years of experience in business, the public sector and private sector of urban planning. Prior to his state appointment, he was a principal at Rodgers Consulting. He began his career as a city of Gaithersburg zoning inspector, where he oversaw construction activity and assisted with historic preservation and environmental legislation. He later served as volunteer chair of the Community Development Corporation for Olde Towne Gaithersburg.

“It’s been a true pleasure to serve the residents of Kensington as well as a personal satisfaction to see our progress since 2006,” Fosselman said. “I’m not going away – I’m just taking a break.”

According to a news release, he is also encouraging Council member Tracey Furman to run for mayor, which is a two-year term. The town election is scheduled for June 6th.


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