Meet Dan Cuda
Married Into Montgomery County: Dan Cuda married into a Montgomery County family thirty years ago while stationed at the Pentagon during his 22 year active duty Air Force career. He married Susan, a graduate of Wheaton High School and the University of Maryland. They settled upcounty in North Potomac where they raised their three children, all graduates of Montgomery County Schools, and where Susan has been a school nurse. Dan coached youth baseball and has been active as a reader and parish council member of Our Lady of Visitation Parish in Darnestown.
Where He's From: Dan brings considerable expertise, experience in consensus building to the county council. A native Californian, he graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 1976 and earned graduate degrees from Georgetown University and the Air Force Institute of Technology while spending 26 years in uniform. His military career was divided between serving as a C-130 transport pilot and a Pentagon management analyst. Dan retired in 1998 and has since worked at the Institute for Defense Analyses studying the management problems of the largest organization on the planet – the U.S. Department of Defense. He earned a Ph.D in 2011 from George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government where he continues to teach as an Adjunct Professor.
Why He's Running. Dan is running for County Council because he believes upcounty residents deserve a new voice focused on improving their lives starting from the family kitchen table upward to include local job creation. From 35 years of commuting between North Potomac and Northern Virginia, Dan believes traffic congestion stymies job creation in our county. Better technology to reduce random red lights and better timed green lights along major traffic arteries make the county more livable for commuting, errands and youth sports. He supports projects that help reduce traffic congestion on the American Legion Bridge. Rail and bus commuting must be better linked from our front doors to schools, business, and shopping.
Foremost Dan believes that the county needs commonsense approaches to improve delivery of local services essential for quality schools operating in partnership with parents, safe neighborhoods, and a flourishing local economy. He believes we should promote small businesses as well as biotech and cybersecurity companies, while not ignoring the importance of safeguarding our county’s Agricultural Preserve.