Susan Hoffmann

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Susan Hoffmann
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Former candidate for
Maryland House of Delegates, District 17
Prior offices
Mayor of Rockville
Campaign website
Susan Hoffmann was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 17 of the Maryland House of Delegates.[1]


Campaign themes


Hoffman's website highlighted the following campaign themes:


Susan's top priority is education. As the mother of two Montgomery County public school-educated children, she is committed to providing first-class schooling and maintaining the highest of educational standards. Susan supports universal Pre-K and closing the achievement gap. She believes that Montgomery County does not receive its fair share of school construction funding. Each year, Montgomery County public schools welcome between 2,500 and 3,000 new students – the equivalent of a new high school. But we are not building a new high school each year because the state, upon whose shoulders this responsibility rests, is not meeting our needs. The unacceptable results are overcrowded classrooms and overuse of portable classrooms. Susan is committed to fighting for our fair share of school construction funding for District 17 and Montgomery County in the 2015 General Assembly session.

The Environment

Susan raised the environment and climate change to the forefront of Rockville's agenda, as never before. She led the fight for environmentally sensitive policies, including reducing the city’s carbon footprint. The new refuse and recycling system she fought to implement in 2007 has resulted in nearly doubling the city's recycling stream. Susan pioneered financial incentives for green design and environmentally sensitive building renovations, and she established the Rockville Environmental Excellence Award. She cultivated county and state support to fund the 'round Rockville shopper shuttle so that residents can take transit when they need to go to Town Center. Susan led the way on innovative storm-water management infrastructure and waterway restoration, increases in the use of renewable resources by the city, anti-sprawl, pro-pedestrian/bicyclist development standards, and increases in non-automobile transportation modes through biking options and pedestrian-friendly Complete Streets programs.

The Economy

Susan continues to be concerned that our middle and working class is losing its foothold on the path to the American Dream. She believes that Maryland must be supportive of small businesses, particularly those employers who are committed to investing in District 17 and Montgomery County's workforce. Susan will work to keep biotech, life sciences and cybersecurity jobs in Gaithersburg and Rockville. And she is committed to reversing Maryland's anti-business reputation by improving turnaround time for permits, along with green lighting the kinds of businesses Maryland wishes to attract. As a delegate, Susan will lead in the fight to make Maryland competitive with nearby states.


Susan supports building the Corridor Cities Transitway, which will connect Shady Grove to the Upcounty. She supports the Rockville Pike Plan, which includes installation of rapid vehicle transit (RVT) down the center of Route 355. RVT would go a long way to get commuters out of their cars and eliminate some of the worst congestion in our community – and improve the quality of life for everyone. Susan believes that light rail will spur local investment and promote economic development in the region. Investors are willing to put more resources into economic development when they able to measure the long-term incentives of the project. Studies show that commuters prefer light rail to bus, and Susan supports building the Purple Line for the people of Montgomery County.[2][3]



See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Maryland House of Delegates took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 24, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 25, 2014. Andrew Platt and incumbents Kumar P. Barve and Jim Gilchrist defeated Susan Hoffmann, Laurie-Ann Sayles and George Zamora in the Democratic primary and were unopposed in the general election.[4][5]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 17 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKumar P. Barve Incumbent 25.4% 5,749
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Gilchrist Incumbent 20.3% 4,599
Green check mark transparent.pngAndrew Platt 20.3% 4,596
Susan Hoffmann 19.9% 4,509
Laurie-Ann Sayles 10.6% 2,409
George Zamora 3.5% 798
Total Votes 22,660



In 2014, Hoffmann's endorsements included:[6]

  • U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D)
  • Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Rescue Association
  • Montgomery County Public Schools Retirees Association
  • The African-American Democratic Club of Montgomery County
  • Coalition of Asian Pacific American Democrats of Maryland

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