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Open letter to Herndon residents:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came out to vote on Tuesday, and those who placed their trust in me to provide solid, forward-thinking leadership to the town of Herndon for the next two years.

My sincere congratulations to Connie Hutchison, Sheila Olem and Grace Wolf on their re-elections, and to Melissa Jonas, Dave Kirby and Charlie Waddell for winning seats on the town council. I am confident this council-elect has the best interest of Herndon at heart, and we will work together — focusing on the important issues before us including Metro and downtown revitalization, filling our empty storefronts and maintaining a safe community for our residents.

To those who did not support my candidacy, I will work hard every day to earn your trust, and be a mayor that represents all the voices in Herndon.

Thank you to each of the other candidates — Mr. Tirrell, Mr. Singh, Mr. Webster , Mr. Boll and Mr. Davidson — for running a spirited, close race. I know each of these gentlemen care as deeply as I do about Herndon, and it is my hope each will continue to work with me and others for the betterment of the town.

I am anxious to meet with residents and to listen to your thoughts about our community. So that I can be a more responsive and accessible mayor, starting July 11, I will have office hours from 6 to 8 p.m. most Wednesday evenings in the Town Hall. I invite you to contact me at Mayor.Lisa@herndon-va.gov, or call the Town Clerk’s office at 703-435-6804 to schedule a time. I look forward to seeing many of you that I met during the campaign — hearing your concerns and working together with you in the future.

This is our hometown — one of which we are proud. While walking and talking with residents this spring, it was confirmed again and again to me that there is more that unites us than divides us. By working together, we can keep the small-town heritage we cherish, while embracing the opportunities that come with the surrounding urbanization. We truly have the best of both worlds. Herndon has it all — and together we can make it even better.

I look forward to the challenges and triumphs ahead. Herndon's future is bright, and I am honored to serve as your next mayor.

Lisa Merkel, vice mayor, mayor-elect, Town of Herndon