Herndon’s town elections are coming up on May 1. I encourage everyone to check the candidates’ websites and attend events to learn more about them and their vision for the town.
Although I love living in Herndon, but I feel like the town is “stuck in neutral” — as far as making any improvements that benefit its citizens and increase the tax base. The last major improvement to the town was the building of the Municipal Center and library shortly after I moved here 19 years ago.
Especially during the past six years, there has been a shift away from support for any major projects. Other than a number of consulting studies that have yet to result in anything being implemented, the emphasis has been on public safety with an expansion of the police department and shrinkage of other town services to keep taxes as low as possible.
Various councils have talked about revitalization of downtown, incentives for metro development and traffic issues, but seem to be stuck in the planning stage.
I would like to see a council that is willing to take some risks, and forge ahead with implementation.
Because the incumbent is not running for mayor this year, we will be electing a new mayor. The individual elected will provide the leadership to move Herndon forward to make it an even better place to live. I think Lisa Merkel is the only candidate running who has the drive to make that happen.
Sheila Olem and Grace Wolf are first-term council members who are running for re-election. They have proved during the past two years they want to restore and improve town services, spur economic development, improve relations with other jurisdictions in Northern Virginia, and promote new projects in Herndon.
They have my vote.
Melissa Jonas has served for the past two years on the Planning Commission and, before that, represented Herndon on a critical task force. She is running for council, where she would stand up for our town while also working to move projects forward.
Jeff Davidson is a long-time resident who has shown his commitment by attending most of the council meetings during the past two years. He is nearing retirement, and is running for council to give back to the community by using his extensive management experience. He is promoting a town-wide transportation plan that I believe is long overdue.
Eric Boll is an engineer raising his children in Herndon, and is taking an active role in the community. The actions outlined on his website show he would be a strong council member, one who is interested in implementing public improvements.
Both Davidson and Boll would be excellent councilmen; they have my vote.
The candidates that I support all have a bias toward action and a vision that Herndon can retain its community spirit and hometown atmosphere, while implementing major projects that will benefit the citizens and bring in new tax revenues.
I hope you will consider these excellent candidates when you cast your votes on May 1 at the Community Center.
Nancy Myers, Herndon