Progressive Democratic


Richard Gottfried was born and raised in New Rochelle, New York.  Richard attended Syracuse University where he earned a B.S. in Accounting.  He received his Master’s Degree in Taxation from Georgetown University.

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Richard worked for some of the top accounting firms in New York.  He found the work interesting but he knew that he wanted to focus more on smaller clients, where he could have a real impact on their businesses, and make things easier for smaller businesses and regular people.

Richard moved to Rockville and opened his own accounting firm in 1990.  He loved the small town feel and sense of community. While putting himself through graduate school at night, he began his career here as a Controller for several family owned businesses and worked as the Director of Finance for not-for-profit organizations in Washington, DC.  He began teaching at several colleges in the Washington area. He taught various accounting and business courses for undergraduate and graduate degree programs.  Richard believes that teaching is some of the most rewarding work that a person can do.

When Richard says he cares about small businesses here in our community, you know that he truly does.  He is right there with you as a small business owner himself. His accounting firm has been thriving and growing since 1990.

Even though growing his business and serving his community took up most of his time, he continued to teach and found the time to play sports and organize local tennis teams. Since 2008, Richard has been a top-ten league director for World Teamtennis.

In fact, Richard will tell you that tennis changed his life.  In 2009 he met Stacey Freeman at Braden Field, in Greenbelt Maryland, at a World Teamtennis match.  It was love at first sight.  Richard and Stacey were married a year later.

Richard wanted to make our city and neighborhoods a better place to live so he became involved. Richard has been involved in community service on local and county issues since 2007.  In 2014 Richard was elected President of the Twinbrook Citizens Association and is serving his third term.

He serves Mongomery County to make it a better place, so we can be proud to live here and raise our families. He is a small business owner, he teaches at Montgomery College, he is a member of the SEIU, and he is one of us.
We can count on Richard to work for us on the Montgomery County Council.