About Andrew

Andrew Friedson is the District 1 Councilmember representing western and southwestern Montgomery County from the D.C. line to the Frederick County border. He serves on the  Planning, Housing, & Economic Development and the  Government Operations & Fiscal Policy Committees. 

Friedson

After his first year in office, Andrew was named  Best County Freshman Legislator of 2019, listed as one of Maryland's 2019 Political Winners as  "the economic and fiscal center of the Montgomery County Council", and among  Montgomery County's most influential political figures. He spearheaded landmark legislation to ensure all county bills include a thorough economic analysis and to strengthen financial oversight by requiring a regular review of spending by all county departments and agencies. Andrew has led the effort to strengthen the County ethics law as lead sponsor of the Public Accountability and County Transparency (PACT) Act which ensures public positions cannot be used for private gain. He has also sponsored legislation to increase energy-saving renovations of existing buildings, address the County’s affordable housing shortage by bringing more housing to Metro stations, and require safe pedestrian and bicyclist pathways when sidewalks are closed for construction projects.

When the COVID-19 crisis hit, Andrew led the way to create the Public Health Emergency Grant program to help struggling small businesses and nonprofits that lost significant revenue, the Telework Assistance Program to help businesses pay for equipment needed to transition to telework, and the Reopen Montgomery program to help reimburse businesses for the costs of safely reopening. He worked with his Council colleagues and the County Executive to create Childcare Recovery grants to help restart the economy and to provide more coverage on the County’s mental health crisis hotline after it experienced a surge in calls and texts during the crisis. He has also been a leading voice for transparency and consistency in guidelines to help protect the public during the pandemic, pushing for the creation of the County’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard that provides daily updates on key indicators. 

In his two years on the Council, he led the effort to add millions in additional funding for affordable housing and critical transportation projects such as the Capital Crescent Trail tunnel in Bethesda and White Flint Metro Station Northern Entrance. As the Council's Lead for Parks, he restored $1.9 million in proposed cuts to our parks system to promote open space and has become a widely respected advocate for livable, walkable communities to improve quality of life. Working with colleagues, he also reversed proposed cuts to fully fund MCPS and Montgomery College, and accelerated road resurfacing and stormwater drainage projects to address the county’s maintenance backlog and keep pace with these core government responsibilities. In 2020, Andrew was named among Maryland’s 2020 Election Day Winners after he successfully authored a ballot question to reform Montgomery County’s 30-year-old property tax system which garnered more than 62 percent of the vote and an immediate “credit positive” reaction from Moody’s on the County’s fiscal standing.

A longtime volunteer, advocate, and leader with local charities and community-based organizations, Andrew has continued his passionate advocacy for nonprofits while on the Council, and was awarded the 2019 Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy Leadership Award from the Center for Nonprofit Advancement. Prior to joining the Council, Andrew served as senior policy advisor and deputy chief of staff to the Comptroller of Maryland.

District 1

District 1 includes the communities of Bethesda, Cabin John, Chevy Chase,  Friendship Heights, Garrett Park, Glen Echo, Kensington, Martin's Additions, North Bethesda, Potomac, Poolesville, and Somerset.

The most geographically diverse of the districts, District 1 encompasses urban centers, suburban communities, rural countryside, the Agricultural Reserve, and numerous National and County parks and trails. Residents enjoy proximity to historic Glen Echo Park, the C&O Canal towpath, and the Capital Crescent Trail in addition to an array of other outdoor recreational options including golf courses, tennis and ice skating facilities, a riding stable, a family-oriented nature center and numerous athletic fields.

Montgomery County Public Schools are consistently recognized nationally for their extraordinary achievements. According to the US News 2020 High School Rankings, one District 1 MCPS High School ranks in the Top 100 in the nation, Poolesville High School, and four District 1 MCPS High Schools rank in the Top 10 in the State: Poolesville (#1), Walt Whitman (#2), Winston Churchill (#4), and Walter Johnson (#6). 

A favorite destination for cultural events, the communities in District 1 are home to some of the most acclaimed professional theatres in the Metro DC area including Round House Theatre, the Bethesda Theater, and the more family-friendly venues of Imagination Stage, Adventure Theater, and the Glen Echo Puppet Company. The Music Center at Strathmore, home to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in North Bethesda, offers a diverse performing arts program including chamber, jazz, and folk music, art exhibitions and literary events. The District is also well known for its diverse cuisine from casual to fine dining as well as a wide variety of retail shopping.

One of the world's leading biomedical research centers, District 1 is noted as the home of the National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine and the National Naval Medical Center where our service-members and President's medical needs are met. Other public services include numerous libraries, and public transit including Metro's Red Line and Ride-On buses.

 
District 1 map includes Glen Echo, Chevy Chase, Bethesda, Potomac, Darenstown, Poolesville, Seneca, Dickerson, Whites Ferry