Frederick County, Council Member, District 4
A lifelong resident of Maryland, Jessica Fitzwater has been actively involved in her community. She has been a leader in the Student Government Association at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and has served on several local boards of directors, including the Frederick Symphony Orchestra, the Frederick County Teachers Association, and the Frederick Arts Council. She believes in the importance of public service and considers herself a teacher activist. Fitzwater is a full-time music teacher at Oakdale Elementary School and just completed her tenth year of teaching. Advocating for education led her to follow other local issues. This activism, coupled with her experience as an inaugural member of the Emerge Maryland program, led Fitzwater to run for local office.
Fitzwater is a hard worker who inspires others to reach their potential. She feels very honored to work with students at such a young age, and to share with them one of their first experiences with music. Going to high school or community concerts to see her former students perform is truly exciting and a rewarding experience. Fitzwater plays the violin in the Frederick Symphony Orchestra but would like to learn to play the mandolin. She enjoys folk and bluegrass music and also enjoy spending time with her husband Gerald, their two cats, Oscar and Millie and their dog, Georgie.
Running a successful campaign was a very memorable life experience for Fitzwater. She said, “running and successful campaign and gaining the trust of the voters in my district last November was truly memorable. All of the hours spent knocking on doors, fundraising, attending community meetings – it all paid off! I met some amazing people along the way and I am working very hard to live up to their expectations. I take public service very seriously and having this opportunity to serve is very exciting for me.”
Fitzwater’s motto comes from Teddy Roosevelt: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”