Economic Development: Gaithersburg is a thriving city with a small-town feel. As a past board member of the City of Gaithersburg’s Economic and Business Development Committee, Councilmember Sayles advocated for increased investments in our City’s Main Street corridors to keep our community walkable, accessible, and safe for future generations. Councilmember Sayles supports thoughtful planning that protects our quality of life by seeking input from residents and investing in infrastructure improvements alongside economic growth. Councilmember Sayles will be an effective advocate for the City given her National League of Cities appointment as Chair of their Community & Economic Development (CED) and Transportation Infrastructure & Services (TIS) Federal Advocacy Committees.
Civic Engagement: Increasing civic engagement, raising awareness about local issues, and participating in local government are essential goals for any actively engaged community. Councilmember Sayles is committed to empowering residents to contribute to decision-making, whether exercising their right to vote or submitting testimony to voice their opinions on issues affecting our community. As a past President of a countywide civic organization, Councilmember Sayles is adept at mobilizing residents to collectively advocate for policies that positively impact their community.
Environmental Sustainability: Gaithersburg provides various opportunities to engage its residents around issues related to environmental health, water quality, and preservation of our wetlands, especially during Green month, our City’s equivalent to Earth Month observed in April. Councilmember Sayles is committed to protecting our environment. A recipient of Gaithersburg’s Environmental Steward Award, Councilmember Sayles Chairs the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG)-Chesapeake Bay & Water Resources Policy Committee (CPBC). An advocate for environmental justice, Councilmember Sayles supports residents’ opportunities to deepen their connections and commitment to preserving our natural environment and works diligently as Vice-Chair of the Interfaith Partnership of the Chesapeake (IPC) to train and equip faith communities on environmental sustainability and Board Member of the Muddy Branch Alliance, the City's only watershed.
Education: A former board member of the City's Education Enrichment Committee and representative of Gaithersburg schools on the MCPS Roundtable on Gaithersburg Cluster Overcrowding, Councilmember Sayles, is a testament to how supporting and investing in public education not only strengthens our community but develops the leaders of the future. Councilmember Sayles will advocate for resources to ensure our students graduate college and or career-ready.
Safe Communities for All: Gaithersburg residents deserve leaders committed to providing exceptional service to everyone in our community. Initiatives like the smoking ban and community policing all contribute to a safe and healthy community. Councilmember Sayles is committed to working with our residents and public safety officers to promote innovative ideas to keep our community walkable, healthy, and safe. Sayles is dedicated to safeguarding our infrastructure investments, so Gaithersburg remains a safe place to live, visit and thrive in.