Improving Oversight of Local Public Education. Fairfax County provides public education and library services to Herndon and, as such, the town government does not have direct oversight over the public schools Herndon residents attend. However, the quality of local education is of primary concern to our community, especially students and families. Because quality education is also a key consideration for prospective homeowners and renters, the quality of local public schools is a primary driver of property values. Additionally, public schools and libraries provide essential services to students and families with alternative educational needs.

Herndon’s local public schools are good —…


Like every other municipality across Virginia, Herndon faces significant financial uncertainty in the wake of the COVID pandemic. The Town has sequestered $11.5 million in its $61 million budget to adapt to this uncertainty. The Council and staff should be applauded not just for acting decisively to revise the fiscal year 2021 budget proposal, but also for the years’-long work to prepare for unforeseen events like this.

I don’t want to cut our budget, but I want to “right size” it as we grow. Herndon is growing, with an incredible number of new housing units already approved to be built…


Local elections should be local — local candidates campaigning on local issues with local support for the local good. That’s why, years ago, Herndon decided to have non-partisan elections. Unfortunately, Fairfax’s political party committees have tried to influence Herndon’s recent elections. Why should political activists in McClean, Falls Church, Springfield, and Oakton have influence over Herndon’s governance? That’s why I will not seek any party endorsement in the upcoming election and, if elected, I will propose a series of electoral reforms to secure Herndon’s political independence.

End Political Party Endorsements. Political endorsements in Herndon elections are contrary to the Town’s…


Zoning and land use regulations are perhaps a local government’s most consequential work. Whether a property owner or a tenant, every resident and business in the Town of Herndon is directly affected by our zoning and land use code. Property rights are among the most essential traditions of modern democracy, and to the American conception of liberty. We are also aware that, historically, land use restrictions have been some local governments’ means of enacting discriminatory policy.

Herndon is a welcoming and diverse community and I am confident that we do not currently have intentionally or overtly discriminatory policies on our…


Did you know that current development plans could see Herndon nearly doubling the number of housing units by 2025? Regardless of what you think of development in Herndon, we all recognize that access to nature and outdoor space is essential to healthy living and communities. As Herndon grows, our parks and recreation capacity needs to grow as well.

Improve Access to Parks and Green Space. Herndon’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) includes many improvements to our parks, trails, green-space, and recreation facilities. I support the plan. …


Establish a Meals Tax holiday. The holiday will help Herndon’s families to recover from the pandemic and reestablish Herndon as a local food and dining destination. Like any consumption tax, Herndon’s 3.75% meals tax is regressive — disproportionately burdening the town’s lowest income residents. These families, along with many beloved Herndon businesses, have been acutely affected by the economic disruption caused by the COVID pandemic. With a diverse array of options available just outside Herndon in almost every direction, diners can easily choose to save by traveling a short distance. That means lost income for our restaurants, bars, and surrounding retail establishments. This temporary tax break can and will be implemented without any reduction to Town services or personnel.

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