I have lived in Fairfax for 17 years with my wife Joanne and three children. I am in my third term on City Council and have worked for ExxonMobil for 26 years. I have undergraduate degrees from Penn State and Temple, and an MBA from Columbia.
The biggest issue facing the city is our vision and strategic plan for economic growth. With change and transition, the Mayor needs to play a strong leadership role with developers to deliver the right type of development, in the right location to improve our commercial tax base and to reduce our dependence on residential taxes. And the commercial tax base is critical to adequately address the increasing needs of our diverse population especially in the area of affordable and senior housing.
Communication and transparency are critical to our success. We are in discussions to create and deliver a 4-page annual report to highlight the city’s progress and its opportunities for improvement. We also have a website, Channel 12, the Cityscene and social media as part of a comprehensive communication toolkit. But we must communicate “7 times in 7 different ways” to get more citizens engaged.
The city is in the process of completing a transit development plan for the CUE Bus to guide its improvements over the next six years. In addition to revising and adding service routes, there are several other improvements under consideration including additional bus shelters, an increased marketing focus, dynamic transit information signs, a new transit guide and new electronic fair boxes.
A strategy of mixed-use development, with transit access, walkability, and bikeability, will create an interconnected city enabling an easier flow to and within our activity centers. The Mayor must actively lead the city in working and partnering with landowners and developers to provide for affordable and senior housing, and to compensate the city for public facility needs related to development.
I retired (June 2016) from the USNRC as a Senior Executive with 37 years of Federal service. Fairfax City Council, 2008-Present. B.A., Randolph-Macon College; M.P.A., American University. Ex. Dev. Programs at FEI and Kennedy School of Government.
The top priority for Fairfax is economic development and completing our Comprehensive Plan. The City must strengthen its tax base over the next 10-12 years so that we can continue to have the resources necessary to provide the superior services our residents require and expect. Many of our commercial centers and historic downtown need redevelopment. These commercial centers must support viable businesses with substantive employment that strengthens our city’s economy.
The City of Fairfax has many options for citizens to receive information, including Fx. City Alerts, City Scene (in print and on-line), In the Spotlight, We Care, the Community Calendar, and live and archived webstreaming of City Council, Planning Commission, and School Board meetings, as well as software links to agenda, staff reports, and presentations, and audio (NP3) and video (NP4) POD casts.
CUE buses provide excellent transportation to and from the Vienna Metro station. Our CUE bus system is also integrated with the Fairfax County Connector and Metrobus routes. These connections will be emphasized on future maps and our on-line route app. In September, Council also approved free CUE passes to City students (7-12 grades for public, private and home schooled), tripling their ridership.
New development projects in our region and the City today include multi-family housing, either as part of a mixed-use proposal or 100 percent housing. We must ensure that all projects be compatible with adjacent neighborhoods in terms of density, size, scale, and the type of housing (townhouses, condos, apartments, etc.). The critical issue is the impact on traffic, schools, and city services.
A resident of the City since 1969, I am currently serving my fourth term on City Council. I received a BA degree from the University of Missouri. Have served this community for over 40 years through my involvement in service organizations and boards
Economic Development - Business retention and recruitment is crucial while filling vacant commercial spaces. Redevelopment - Insure the size and scale of new development is appropriate for its surroundings and does not negatively affect the quality of life of our current residents. Traffic Congestion - Need to evaluate the options to mitigate current traffic concerns and analyze the impact of approved and future redevelopment projects. Infrastructure - It is essential to assess and repair.
We currently provide information to the public through the web site, televised meetings, outreach meetings, Cityscene Newsletter (mailed to each residence and business), TV Channel 12, City Alerts (email messages) and social media. I will work to insure that information is provided in a clear, concise, and timely manner, so that everyone can understand the proposal and has a chance to participate
We need to explore the opportunity to further partner with George Mason University and their Mason Shuttle program as a way to supplement our CUE bus service and potentially increase ridership. Continued support for the free student bus pass program serves as a way to increase education about the system and increase ridership.
Diversity of housing is essential and we are fortunate to have a variety of housing types. As development projects are considered, we need to take a balanced approach and give thoughtful consideration to the impact on our quality of life today as well as the long term and balance livability, vision, affordability, traffic impacts, fiscal considerations, property owner rights and the economy.