From left: Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman, Lisa Henderson and Jim McNulty. Credit: Submitted photos

Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman will have another term in the city, and the newest City Council members will be Lisa Henderson and Jim McNulty.

Ashman received 3,871 votes to challenger Stephen Escobar’s 887, according to final results the city released Tuesday evening.

The results include ballots cast on Election Day (Nov. 2), during early voting (Oct. 23 and 24) and by mail.

There were 4,836 ballots cast in this year’s election — a turnout of 13.22%, according to the city. Turnout in the 2019 election was 6.54%.

Henderson and McNulty were the two highest vote-getters out of five council candidates who ran for two open seats. The final results were:

  • Henderson: 2,780
  • McNulty: 2,260
  • Yamil Hernández: 1,872
  • Dave Belgard: 1,365
  • Philip Cook: 757

Ashman, Henderson and McNulty will be sworn in during a special council meeting on Nov. 15.


Ashman, McNulty and Henderson all appeared to be headed toward victory at 3 a.m. on Nov. 3 when unofficial results were released — seven hours after the polls had closed on Election Night.

Ashman, 50, has served as Gaithersburg’s mayor since 2014 and has been an elected official in the city since 2007.

Henderson, 54, is an information technology specialist with Montgomery County government and previously worked as an IT consultant in the private sector.


McNulty, 47, is the creative director of Gigawatt Group — a website design and development company. He also chairs the Olde Town Advisory Committee, a subcommittee of the city’s Economic Development Committee.

Henderson and McNulty will replace outgoing council members Mike Sesma and Laurie-Anne Sayles.

Sesma is stepping down from the council after 16 years. Sayles has chosen to run for an at-large seat on the Montgomery County Council in next year’s Democratic primary.


Gaithersburg holds its elections every two years, with the mayor and council members serving four-year terms. The city’s next election will be in November 2023.

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