Amy Ginsburg Responds to the Takoma Torch 2022 MoCo Candidate Questionnaire

Amy Ginsburg is a candidate for Montgomery County Council District 4.

From her website (
“I am incredibly proud that for four decades I provided tangible assistance to our community’s most vulnerable residents. As the executive director of Friends of White Flint, I bring together residents, property owners, and businesses to transform the Pike District/White Flint area into a walkable, exciting place to live, work, and play. Nonprofits bring together businesses and community to solve problems. That’s exactly what a councilmember should do — bring together residents, large and small businesses, faith-based organizations, nonprofits, and government to tackle challenges and implement solutions. My career as a nonprofit executive has prepared me well to be a councilmember who can not only build unity but also make tough decisions, be fiscally responsible, and serve as a highly effective, thoughtful elected official.”

Below are her answers to our important questions:

  1. If the MoCo government was a dictatorship, what’s the first thing you would do as its unquestioned supreme leader?
    Hire smart people who are good at getting things done and then help them do good things. 
  2. Which superhero would you hire to run MCPS and why?
    Captain Jean-Luc Picard because he always fixes everything, and usually in 45 minutes. (Yeah, yeah, technically not a superhero, but I’m a Star Trek girl, not a Marvel girl.)
  3. Mosquitos or cicadas?
    Cicadas – large and annoying beats small and nasty 
  4. If Elon Musk offered 44 billion dollars to buy Montgomery County, how would you respond?
    Would you also throw in a free Tesla solar roof for every building in the County?
  5. Which Golden Girl are you and why?
    Dorothy, because she was the snarkiest and funniest.
  6. If you had to send a mixtape to your opponent(s), what songs would it include?
    Same thing all my mixtapes have – 70s funk, Broadway tunes, and Frank Sinatra standards – because I like my opponents and want to give them only great music.
  7. Who would you Kiss/Marry/Kill between Bethesda, Silver Spring, and Gaithersburg?
    I never kiss and tell.
  8. You’re watching a baseball game and the umpire blows a call that ruins the game for your team. Tear him a new one in 6 words or less.
    I’m a native Montgomery County resident and a mom. I’m legally required to only offer heartfelt encouragement and reminders that everyone is special and sometimes we all have a bad day.
  9. On a scale of 1 to 10, how nervous are you that this survey will be posted all over social media?
    I wear a geeky nametag, send tens of thousands of voters postcards covered with pictures of myself, and stick signs emblazoned with my name in front yards all over District 4. Weird embarrassing stuff is … apparently … my jam.
  10. If you had to earn a very important endorsement with a cheesy pick-up line, what would yours be?
    Why don’t you come up and endorse me some time?

All you had to do was call 311 and we would have come running over.