Meet Pete


Peter Fosselman has dedicated his life to public service and has an extensive list of accomplishments that bettered the lives of citizens both in the county and across Maryland. For more than 25 years he has worked across the private and public sectors on behalf of issues that matter to Montgomery County families that include: economic development, smarter growth, and protecting our seniors. He’s served in elected and appointed government positions, started two small businesses, led associations of public officials, and oversaw sustainable planning strategies in the county he loves and has called home for 28 years.

Throughout Pete’s career he has developed a reputation as a consensus builder who brings people together and knows how to get things done.  After serving as the Mayor of Kensington for a decade, people often simply refer to him as “Mayor Pete.”  In 2016, Pete finished his fifth and final term. Elected on a revitalization platform, Kensington underwent positive change during his administration. These changes included a new master plan, rejuvenated streetscapes, professional marketing, community events, and the County’s first bio-retention storm drain parking facility.

In 2011, Pete’s fellow public servants elected him President of the Montgomery County Municipal League. In 2016, Maryland’s mayors elected him President of the Maryland Mayors’ Association, serving all 152 Maryland Mayors.

Currently, Pete oversees the White Oak Science Gateway Master Plan in Montgomery County which includes the expansion of the Federal Food and Drug Administration. After being nominated, Pete recently graduated from the Rose Center Fellowship Program in cooperation with the Urban Land Institute where land use challenges are presented and Fellows provide smart growth solutions.

Prior to joining the County Administration, Pete served the people of Maryland as Deputy Secretary of State, a position he was appointed to by Governor Martin O’Malley, who has endorsed Pete’s campaign for County Council. As Deputy Secretary, Pete oversaw the Maryland Charity Campaign, prisoner extraditions, and the Safe at Home Program, which aids victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. In 2012, Fosselman was invited by the U.S. State Department to the Ronald H. Brown Forum in Opyta, Croatia to address his successes in community engagement and economic development. 

Preceding his appointment as Deputy Secretary, Pete served as a Principal with Rodgers Consulting as the Project Manager for the award winning neo-traditional Kentlands community and other Montgomery County mixed-use neighborhoods.  Pete was also a small business entrepreneur;  starting and running two small businesses with his husband Duane allowed them to realize the struggles and successes that come with being small business owners aiming to serve local communities.   

Pete began his career with the City of Gaithersburg in 1990 as the Zoning Inspector, where he oversaw construction activity, assisted with historic safeguarding, and was responsible for tree preservation. He later served as the City Council’s Chair for the Olde Towne Community Development Corporation bringing new life to Gaithersburg’s historic downtown.

Pete learned the value of public service from his upbringing. Growing up, Pete watched his family engage local communities and serve in local elected office, sparking Pete’s community service interests.  As a child, his parents realized he struggled with reading and soon discovered he was severely Dyslexic. With hard work, Pete went on to receive an undergraduate degree in urban studies and later studied landscape design. Pete has lived in Montgomery County for almost 30 years. Today, he and his husband, Duane Rollins, live in Kensington with their two dogs, Otis and Lenora. Duane serves as a Member of the Town Council and works as the General Manager of Grosvenor Park in District 1.

Pete Fosselman is a Democrat with liberal social views and an awareness of fiscal responsibility and business sense. As a candidate, he applies his knowledge of multiple levels of government at multi-levels, the private sector, small business, and his record of community engagement. Pete will use these experiences as a county council member to better serve the people of District 1 and Montgomery County as a whole.