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March, 2014

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

It has truly been an honor and a privilege to serve you on your City Council during the past four years.

The City of Fairfax is a special place.  We have a unique small town atmosphere yet have the advantages of a metropolitan area.  We are more than just a housing development or a planned residential community within a large jurisdiction.  We are more than a series of shopping centers.  We are a community with our own sense of place where neighbors work together on common causes, where our business owners live in and invest in the community.   We enjoy a rich history, a wide variety of cultural and recreational activities as well as superior citizen services all at a low tax rate relative to the Northern Virginia area.  We can take great pride in the fact that even through challenging economic times we have maintained our AAA bond rating from national rating agencies.

Our city is one of a kind.  People move here because they want to live in this special place.

We are currently at a crossroads.  With aging commercial and residential areas we are facing redevelopment opportunities.  I would like to continue my work on council to deal with these opportunities while preserving the character of our City of Fairfax.

It is a matter of balance.  In the coming months and years, it is essential to focus on a sensible approach to these issues.  During the next two years I will continue efforts to:

  • Review development and redevelopment opportunities – We must take a balanced approach as we move forward to enhance and  redevelop aging commercial and residential areas in a way to appeal to a broad  range including families, seniors, and the university community while  maintaining the character of the City.     
  • Promote economic development – A vibrant business community is crucial to the success of our city.  A strong commercial base will provide economic vitality and a strong balance between the commercial and residential tax base.  It is important to maintain an environment that is “business friendly” and to streamline processes to the extent possible.
  • Preserve the residential character of our neighborhoods – Sustaining the quality of our residential neighborhoods is also key to our success.  Encouraging the  rejuvenation and revitalization of our aging neighborhoods will help to maintain property values and keep the residential vacancy rate low.
  • Maintain a well-disciplined approach to budgeting and spending – We need to manage our fiscal responsibilities in order to keep overall taxes as low as possible, yet attend to our infrastructure and preservation of the quality services we enjoy.

With your help, I will continue to serve as a member of the City Council with a balanced approach to ensure the preservation of the unique quality of life we enjoy.  In the upcoming weeks I look forward to meeting you, listening to your concerns and earning your support and vote on May 6th.

Sincerely,

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