County Council

KYLE SEFCIK

'Together we have an opportunity to change the culture in our local government and tackle quality of life issues that have been ignored for too long. I can’t do this alone. Who’s with me?'

Why are you running for County Council?

Anyone that knows me knows that I like to give back and want to positively impact my community and I just felt that I could do more and this is the opportunity and now is the time.

Being engaged in the Keep Damascus Rural effort, it really opened my eyes to the extent that our leaders are interested in serving special interests (i.e. developers) over those of their constituents.  They oversee, but turn their back to a flawed planning process that approves dense project after dense project that exacerbates traffic congestion, overcrowds the schools and disregards input from the community.  It’s time to make the process work for the community.

What are your priorities?

I want our local government to serve the community, I want people to be involved and I want the work of the Council to be transparent. For planning, I want the process to reflect reality and serve a purpose. Too often traffic assessments conclude that traffic is at an acceptable level while the people that live there know that it is not.  When a school is found to be over capacity, the developer need only to make a payment to get over that hurdle.  We need to appoint Planning Board members that are willing to make decisions that serve the residents.

For education, we need to do more to help teachers teach and students learn. I already know many teachers throughout the county. I can read reports and make funding decisions, but I want to regularly talk to teachers and administrators. I want to get their input on what they need, what works, what doesn’t, I want to understand their challenges and how we can improve.  My brother is a MCPS teacher and my kids will be in school shortly. I will never shortchange education.

What makes you different?

I don’t believe there has ever been a candidate like me.  First, I am a political outsider and I am not accepting campaign contributions which I have been told is unheard of. What this means is that unlike any of our current County Council members, I have no political motivation to prioritize special interest at the expense of the communities they are elected to serve. Second, I am so motivated to do this and for the right reasons. Long before I ever considered this run I have founded, hosted or assisted with numerous special events that benefits charitable organizations such as the annual holiday party I have hosted for years benefiting the Fighting for Kaiden Foundation, an organization that raises awareness and funds for the battle against SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy). I offer free women’s self defense classes at my gym and founded “Girl Power” to empower women in our community. I founded SoundShape, a fun and new exercise program set to music from a live DJ that anyone at any fitness level can do.  Since this started, I have been invited to 36 elementary schools around the county to lead SoundShape programs for the kids (and I have a soft spot in my heart for kids). We have also hosted SoundShape on the National Mall, DC in front of the Capitol Building and Washington Monument.

At one of my businesses, MMA & Sport, we sponsor kids and groups of kids that are “at risk”, and through this we have helped them stay out of trouble and bring up their grades in school.  However I also volunteer at Elder Care and other elder homes across the county and provide entertainment for the elderly residing there.  The elderly are often neglected, but I am able to develop a great rapport with them and enjoy doing it.  I feel that people and leadership do not sufficiently prioritize the needs of the elderly and that needs to change. In a nutshell, I’m not a politician. I want to end the political games that serve a few at the expense of the rest. Instead I want to generate interest in local issues by being transparent and involving the community and hearing from them.  I want to tackle quality of life issues that have been ignored for too long.  Government is supposed to work for the people, not the other way around.  Mostly I want to help people and make a positive impact and that’s what drives me everyday.

How can you help small businesses?

This is so important because small businesses employ people, contribute substantially to our county revenue stream and many are struggling throughout the county to simply stay in business. Many are not able to survive. I currently own and run small businesses MMA & Sport and K-Sef Entertainment and have partnerships with so many other small business owners so I know first hand the challenges these business owners face. Excessive regulations are so costly that they result in the closing of some businesses which puts many out of work and causes other businesses to start or move their operations out of Montgomery County along with sorely needed jobs and tax revenues which ultimately shifts the burden to the residential base which we’ve seen in the form of substantially higher property and other taxes. We can solve so many fiscal problems that now exist in our county and strengthen our communities by simply reducing unnecessary regulations and providing tax incentives for businesses to expand their operations locally which would make it easier for them to do so.  Our county leadership should do whatever it takes to help our businesses thrive. A rising tide raises all ships.

KYLE'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS

POLITICAL RESUME

Owner of K-Sef Entertainment

Gaithersburg, Maryland

2009

Founder of Soundscape Music Festival

2009

Partnered on Festival Salvadoreno

2010

Professional Athlete

Fights Professionally in MMA on National Television

2012

Women Self Defense Program

Free to Public

2012

Founder of ElderCare Days

Performs for the Elderly twice a month

2012

Founder of SoundSHAPE

held on National Mall and 47 Montgomery County Elementary Schools

2013

Founder of Special Needs Dances MoCo.

2014

Partnered on Waterboyz Father Daughter Dance

2016

Co-Owner of Sefcik Brothers Athletics

2016

Partnered on Breeze Thru the Trees

2017

Owner of Exhale Hookah Lounge

2017

Co-Founder of Be Free of it High School Tour

2017

Commencement Speaker at Damascus High School

2013-2017

Running for County Council

2007

Criminal Law Degree

University of Maryland, College Park

2009

Co-Founder of Damascus Freedom 5k

2009

Founder of Teenscape

Helping keep kids off the streets

2011

Owner of MMA & Sport

Damascus, Maryland

2012

Military Programs

Seminars Monthly Free to Military

2012

At Risk Kids Program

provides guidance and training for at risk youth

2013

Inspiration Speaker

High Schools and Colleges in MD/DC/VA

2014

Founder of Kicktronix

2015

Founder of Girl Power

2016

Owner of Fight or Fright Haunted Mansion

Deleware, MD

2016

Co-Founder of Peace of Hearts 5013c

2017

Co-Founder of Rock the Block

2017

Owner of GoSef Contracting and Consulting

2017

Former Director of Fitness and Health at the National Institute of Standards and Technology

2018

POLITICAL RESUME
Owner of K-Sef Entertainment
Gaithersburg, Maryland
2007
Criminal Law Degree
University of Maryland, College Park
2009
Founder of Soundscape Music Festival
2009
Co-Founder of Damascus Freedom 5k
2009
Partnered on Festival Salvadoreno
2009
Founder of Teenscape
Helping keep kids off the streets
2010
Professional Athlete
Fights Professionally in MMA on National Television
2011
Owner of MMA & Sport
Damascus, Maryland
2012
Military Programs
Seminars Monthly Free to Military
2012
Founder of ElderCare Days
Performs for the Elderly twice a month
2012
At Risk Kids Program
provides guidance and training for at risk youth
2012
Founder of SoundSHAPE
held on National Mall and 47 Montgomery County Elementary Schools
2013
Inspiration Speaker
2013
Founder of Special Needs Dances MoCo.
2014
Founder of Kicktronix
2014
Partnered on Waterboyz Father Daughter Dance
2015
Founder of Girl Power
2016
Co-Owner of Sefcik Brothers Athletics
2016
Owner of Fight or Fright Haunted Mansion
2016
Partnered on Breeze Thru the Trees
2016
Co-Founder of Peace of Hearts 5013c
2017
Owner of Exhale Hookah Lounge
2017
Co-Founder of Rock the Block
2017
Co-Founder of Be Free of it High School Tour
2017
PR Greene Growlers Restaurant and Brewery
2017
Owner of GoSef Contracting and Consulting
2017
Commencement Speaker at Damascus High School
2017
Former Director of Fitness and Health at the National Institute of Standards and Technology
2013-2017
Running for County Council
2018