Jessica Fitzwater - District 4

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    Jessica Fitzwater

    Council Member

    Executive Assistant: Nancy Luna

    Winchester Hall
    12 E. Church Street
    Frederick, MD 21701

    Ph: 301-600-2336
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Council Member - District 4

Jessica made history as a member of the first ever Frederick County Council, one of only two women under 40 serving in county elected leadership in the state of Maryland. During her tenure on the Council, she has championed the successful effort to repeal Frederick County's English-only Ordinance, introduced legislation to improve affordable workforce housing, created a Human Trafficking Task Force, and supported county budgets that invest in public education, public safety, and community partnerships. As a graduate of Emerge Maryland, a prestigious political training program for Democratic women, she is engaged with the best and brightest of Maryland’s political leaders.

Jessica has played an active role in the community in other ways, including playing violin with the Frederick Symphony Orchestra and serving on the Board of Directors of the Frederick Arts Council. She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Frederick County Teachers Association and has served as an elected delegate to the MD State Education Association (MSEA) and National Education Association (NEA) Representative Assemblies.

Jessica was named one of The Frederick News-Post’s 13 Young Professionals Under 30 in 2012 and earned the prestigious NEA Political Activist of the Year title in 2014. In 2015, she was honored as one of the Maryland Daily Record’s Leading Women.

Jessica lives and works in Frederick County as a general music teacher at Oakdale Elementary School and holds a B.A. in music from St. Mary’s College of MD and an M.S. in Educational Leadership from Hood College. She lives in the City of Frederick with her children Jonah and Jane.

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22-29 Exemption for MPDUs from Development Impact Fees Fitzwater   Pubic Hearing: 10/3
22-28 Density Bonuses for MPDUs Fitzwater   Public Hearing: 10/3/22
22-27 Requirements to Build MPDUs & Changes to Sale or Rentals Fitzwater   Public Hearing: 10/3/22
22-18 Common Driveways Fitzwater N/A Public Hearing: 10/3/22
22-12 Facilities for Function Fitzwater N/A Adopted Date: 07/26/2022
Vote: 7-0
21-07 Disabled Veterans Tax Credit McKay Fitzwater
Adopted Date:
Vote: 7-0
20-18 Immigrant Affairs Commission Fitzwater N/A
Adopted Date:
20-17 Personnel Rule Change Fitzwater N/A Adopted Date:
Vote: 7-0
  Climate Emergency Resolution 20-22 Fitzwater Hagen Adopted Date: 07/21/2020
Vote: 4-3 
20-09 Establishing a Domestic Violence Coordinating Council Fitzwater N/A Adopted
Vote: 7-0
20-01 Add Binding Arbitration to Collective Bargaining with Fire Service Employees Fitzwater N/A Adopted
Vote: 6-1
19-12 Allocation of Recordation Tax Proceeds to the Housing Initiative Fund for the Facilitation of Affordable Housing in Frederick County Fitzwater N/A Adopted
Vote: 6-0-1
19-08 Anti-Discrimination Bill, Chapter 2-2 Fitzwater N/A Adopted
Date: 06/18/2019
Vote: 7-0
19-07 Anti-Discrimination Bill, Chapter 1-2 Fitzwater N/A Adopted
Date: 06/18/2018
Vote: 7-0
18-29 Human Trafficking Lodging Employee Training Fitzwater N/A Adopted
Date: 10/23/2018
Vote: 5-1-1
18-28 Human Trafficking Landlord-Tenant Fitzwater N/A Adopted
Date: 10/23/2018
Vote: 5-1-1
18-27 Bodywork Establishment Fitzwater N/A Adopted
Date: 10/23/2018
Vote: 5-1-1
18-17 Impact Fees for Accessory Dwelling Units Otis Fitzwater Adopted
Date: 08/21/2018
Vote: 4-2-1
18-16 Construction of Accessory Dwelling Units in Frederick County Otis Fitzwater Adopted
Date: 08/21/2018
Vote: 4-2-1
17-10 Continuation of the Payment in Lieu Option for Moderately Priced Dwelling Units and Adjustment to the Payment Amount Fitzwater N/A Adopted
Date: 06/13/2017
Vote: 5-2
17-07 Solar Facilities and Floating Zones Keegan-Ayer Fitzwater Adopted
Date: 05/16/2017
Vote: 4-2
17-01 Solar Collection Systems Keegan-Ayer Fitzwater Withdrawn 03/21/2017
16-08  Extension of the Expiration of Section 1-6A-5-1 to Allow Payment of a Fee in Lieu of Building MPDUs until June 30, 2017 Fitzwater N/A Adopted
Date: 08/15/2016
Vote: 7-0
16-02 Special Exception Uses in Connection with Historic Structures and Sites Fitzwater Donald Void - 4/12/2016
90-day passed introduction
15-12 Modifying Permitted Uses in Waterbody Buffers Donald Fitzwater Adopted
Date: 12/01/2015
Vote: 5-2

15 - 08

Repeal Ordinance 12-03-598 (Frederick County English Only)

Fitzwater Keegan-Ayer

Date: 08/18/2015
Vote: 4-3

15 - 06

Amendments to Moderately Priced Dwelling Unit Ordinance (Chapter 1-6A) Fitzwater N/A

Date: 07/07/2015
Vote: 6-1