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Paul Schwartz has been married for more than 40 years to his lovely wife Ruthy, has two children and six grandchildren, and currently resides in an historic little town in Montgomery County, Maryland which just happened to have served as the capital of the United States for one day on August 26, 1814 during the War of 1812.

He was an official with the federal government for 37 years working for U.S. Customs at the World Trade Center in New York and, later, Headquarters in Washington. He served in the Department of Homeland Security when that department was created in 2003 and completed his federal career at FEMA post Katrina.

After his retirement from federal service, he became a member of a subcommittee for the National Commission on Children and Disasters, worked as an advocate for gun safety in the aftermath of the Newtown tragedy and worked to have passed Maryland’s Firearms Safety Act of 2013, worked on President Obama’s 2012 campaign and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh’s successful 2014 campaign, has worked in support of Congressman John Sarbanes’ efforts to reform campaign financing, is serving as the State Legislative Committee chairperson for the NARFE Maryland Federation, and is currently a member of Montgomery County’s Committee on Public Election Funds…AND he is very proud to have been a weekly columnist for the Montgomery County Sentinel.

Paul Schwartz Candidate Statement Video

Greater Olney Civic Association District 7 Forum June 9, 2022

Olney Chamber of Commerce Forum May 24, 2022


Podcast with Dr. Jessica Hasson, May 25, 2022


Paul Schwartz for Montgomery County Council:
(New County District 7)
The Right Person for the Job
EXPERIENCE: Activist, Reporter/Columnist, Government Official
“Tying the threads together”

I am running for the new Montgomery County District 7 Council seat because I care. I care about decisions that are to be made at every level of government, particularly those that impact me, my family, and you. I am concerned and have experience with issues at the county, state and federal levels of government–they are interrelated and impact us all.

I care about:

  • Equity including income inequality, school equity, criminal justice reform and tax fairness
  • Safety including school safety and policing reforms
  • The Environment including the balance between development and its impact on the environment especially the impact on climate change

            Why am I the right candidate to represent County District 7? As a longtime federal official, an advocate for state and local issues, and my role as a local columnist for the Montgomery County Sentinel covering federal, state and local issues, I am particularly experienced to make a difference in this County. I was a subcommittee member for the National Commission on Children and Disasters led by Mark Shriver, worked as an advocate for gun safety in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy and worked tirelessly to have passed Maryland’s Firearms Safety Act of 2013. I worked in support of the efforts of Congressman John Sarbanes to reform campaign financing, which is at the core of HR1/S1 currently before Congress to strengthen voting rights. I also served as a member of Montgomery County’s inaugural Committee on Public Election Funds. I am the chairman of the State Legislative Committee for the Maryland Federation of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. In this capacity, I have focused on seeking tax fairness for Marylanders and sought to undo the damage inflicted on Maryland taxpayers by the federal tax plan passed in 2017, which stripped away many of the tax deductions relied on by Maryland taxpayers. I spent more than five years as a columnist for the Montgomery County Sentinel, researching and advocating for a wide range of local issues including infrastructure, housing, “Court Watch Montgomery,” “Scotland Storm,” and such, in addition to my coverage of the White House and Congress.

            What I “was” is not nearly as important as what I “did,” and I am proud of my experience as a problem solver. Addressing vulnerabilities was at the center of my long federal career during which I tackled such issues as cargo control and identification at Customs in the wake of 9/11 with the implementation of the Customs Forms Entry System, for which I was honored with the Customs Commissioner’s Award for Innovation. At FEMA, I led the development of the Gap Analysis Program in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which was designed to identify state and local vulnerabilities prior to the onset of a major disaster. For this effort, I was honored with the FEMA Administrators Outstanding Individual Award.


            I have lived a life of valuable experience, experience I want an opportunity to bring to the Montgomery County Council. When addressing vulnerabilities, I ask the right questions to the right people. That is where my experience as a reporter comes in particularly handy. Who remembers my question on the individual mandate to former President Trump at a major press conference in 2018 the day after the midterm elections? That mandate became the center of the recent Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare.

            I care, I ask the right questions, and I can make a difference for you.

            Please spread the word to support my candidacy to your friends, relatives or acquaintances who live in the new Montgomery County District 7.

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            or Twitter: @PKSpaul

Campaign contributions may be made to:

Paul Schwartz for MoCo
P.O. Box 34
Ashton, MD 20861-9998

By Authority: Paul Schwartz for Montgomery County; Stephan Jalon, Treasurer

Paul Schwartz Addressing the Guru Gobind Singh Foundation


Sandy Spring Civic Association District 7 Candidate Forum March 21st.


White Paper on Senior Migration/Tax Relief


Paul Schwartz Testimony Before Senate Budget & Taxation Committee:

SB 405 Retirement Tax Elimination Act of 2022 and SB 344 Retirement Tax Reduction Act of 2022



With Congressman Jamie Raskin:

With Senator Chris Van Hollen:

With Congressman John Sarbanes



164 Years of The Sentinel –

On impeachment –

On White House press briefings –

On gun control –

On tariffs –

On taxes –

On Nixon/Trump –

Successful businessman –

Investigate or legislate –

Trump Foreign Policy –

July 4th Speech –

Biden’s the one –

Controlling the Narrative –

Gun Safety –

America –

Aunt Esther –


A Miner Detail Podcast

November 9, 2020.

A Miner Detail Podcast Interview – August 4, 2020

 Just Ask the Question Podcast

Just Ask the Question Podcast Interview – July 22, 2020

 Takoma Radio