Thank you for electing me to serve on the Vienna Town Council. My family moved here for some of the same reasons you probably did – safe neighborhoods, a great community in which to raise a family, and a small "hometown" feeling (which is harder to find these days with exploding development and changes).
These changes are all around us, and they test the character of our town. How does Vienna maintain its personality, while addressing the challenges of nearby development and an aging infrastructure? Innovative management of facilities will be required to meet the extra demands on Town resources. The proposed re-planning of Maple Avenue to allow mixed-use development presents many opportunities, from shared parking to bike racks to public plazas. It will provide an alternative housing style for those who no longer want to maintain a detached house, but want to stay in their Vienna community. The input of residents and businesses is vital to the success of this process.
Wherever I go in Vienna, from the library to the Farmers’ Market to concerts on the Town Green, I hear from constituents who love Vienna and who have suggestions for making it even better. Toward that goal, I have promoted increased connectivity for all ages, from low-tech sidewalks to high-tech email and text notifications. I have initiated programs to enhance our community, such as founding the Friends of the Town Green to fund the summer concert series. And I have advocated sustainability with programs that have contributed to Vienna’s winning "Go Green, Virginia" recognition, such as the Green Expo and the Community Garden.
For the past twelve years, I have worked diligently to provide the high-quality services that residents expect, while being responsible to them as taxpayers. I supported maintaining the Town tax rate to offset changes in property assessments, and I have pushed for solutions to high water rates. After eighteen years working in local government, I have knowledge and experience in how proper regulations and policies can affect positive change in communities.
We all have much invested in Vienna – financially and emotionally. Working together, we can sustain the high quality of life in Vienna. It is an investment in our homes, our community, and our future.
I respectfully ask to continue working on your behalf, and for your vote on Tuesday, May 6.