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Dear Neighbor –I’m writing to ask for your vote in the upcoming Town Council elections, which will be held on Tuesday, May 7th from 8:00am – 8:00pm in the Town Hall, located adjacent to the Lawton Center.We’ve accomplished a significant amount during my past two years on the Council that has enhanced the daily quality of life of our town’s residents. For instance, we have commissioned a sustainable garden and safe walking path in Zimmerman Park; held a public forum against hate speech and anti-Semitism; expanded support both for Chevy Chase at Home and the Chevy Chase Historical Society; and extended local voting rights to non-U.S. citizens. Importantly, we’ve had a balanced budget and record financial reserve levels, something which I’m proud to have overseen as the Town’s Treasurer. We have also effectively advocated on behalf of our town to outside audiences, especially related to activities affecting our town’s borders. We have pressed the Purple Line Transit Partners to improve their work by obtaining a higher noise wall to help residents living adjacent to the line. We have worked with State officials to enhance pedestrian safety along East-West Highway. We are working closely with County officials on the potential conversion of Parking Lots 24 and 10 into a park next to the Farm Women’s Market. And we are in constant contact with the County Council about proposed changes to the regulations governing Accessory Dwelling Units, an issue about which I testified to the Council on behalf of the Town.Yet there is still much more work to do, which is why I’d be honored to have your support in allowing me to serve you for another two years. Going forward, I will focus on the long-term investments for our town that will enhance our quality of life for years to come. Key issues like the parking lot conversion and the Accessory Dwelling Units, oversight of the Purple Line’s implementation, and the discussion about a Dog Exercise Area in the town will be at the top of my agenda. In addition, because we will also soon be hiring a new Town Manager with Todd Hoffman’s upcoming departure, I will work to ensure that the transition is both smooth and effective.This is a wonderful community and our best ideas come from you, the residents. I therefore promise that if you reelect me, I will not only offer continuity of experience on these diverse issues but will also maintain an open door to ensure that you are being heard, so that the Town Council makes the right decisions on your behalf.I hope that you’ll support me again this coming election so that I can continue to work on your behalf. I look forward to seeing you on Election Day on Tuesday May 7th!Joel RubinCandidate for Town Council (2019 – 2021) & Current Town Council Member (2017 – 2019)