Since 2008 when I was first elected to the Fairfax City Council, I have had the honor and privilege of representing the 23,000 people that make up this “small town” in the middle of Northern Virginia. It really is the best place to live, work, raise a family and for businesses to invest. I have served with wonderful colleagues and terrific staff members who work tirelessly to ensure the City retains its sense of place while moving forward on a number of fronts.
Over the last six years, much has been done to improve our City. We now have a AAA bond rating, an affordable housing policy, increasing interest in economic redevelopment and we continue to provide residents high quality services at the lowest possible cost. And this progress – under Mayor Scott Silverthorne's leadership (as well as that of former Mayors, Robert Lederer and John Mason) – will certainly continue.
After much thought and consideration about my family and work obligations, I have decided it is time for me to move on and allow others to take part in this great experience of serving on the Fairfax City Council. Therefore, I will not be standing for re-election in the upcoming May election. I will continue to serve my current term through June 30, 2014; will be heavily involved in our budget deliberations; and continue to be involved in our community.
I did not make this decision lightly and I know for sure that we will have a spirited spring campaign resulting in the election of a Mayor and six Council members who will do their best for the people of this great City.