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. 

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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.