John’s Priorities and Accomplishments

 
 
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Strengthening our local economy.  

A vibrant local economy is the foundation of a great community. Economic opportunity and good jobs allow us to support our families and achieve our career goals. Revenues generated by a strong local economy enable communities like Fairfax County to provide the infrastructure, schools, housing, libraries, parks, police, fire and rescue, and many other programs and services that create the quality of life we all want for ourselves and our families. That is why John is committed to strengthening, diversifying and growing our local economy.

 
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Delivering strong fiscal management. 

John serves as Vice-chairman of the Board’s Budget Committee and is a member and former Chairman of the Board’s Audit Committee. He believes that budgets should reflect a community’s priorities. Each year he works with the community to identify and define spending and revenue priorities. He works with community groups who advise him on budget decisions and he holds town hall meetings to discuss budget issues with Dranesville residents.

 
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Supporting a first class school system.  

John believes our community’s most important obligation is to provide our youth with an opportunity to earn a first class education. Schools are his number one funding priority. He deeply believes that education is the key to creating opportunity in the knowledge-based economy of the 21st century and that great schools are needed to attract employers to the County.

 
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Creating Transportation solutions.

Congestion is a significant threat to our quality of life and our ability to attract and retain good jobs in our region. In addition to serving as the Chairman of the Board’s Transportation Committee, John serves on numerous county and regional groups that work to address those challenges.

 
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Making smart decisions about land use and growth.

John believes that as our region grows, we must make smart land use decisions that protect established neighborhoods and provide adequate infrastructure to address the traffic and other impacts of that growth. He also believes we must implement intelligent land use policies that are coordinated with transportation improvements, including road, pedestrian and bicycle improvements in and around transit oriented developments.

 
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Delivering infrastructure to strengthen public safety, protect neighborhoods, and improve our quality of life.

During the eleven plus years John has been on the Board, he has delivered numerous projects that strengthen public safety, protect our neighborhoods and improve the quality of life for Dranesville residents. Many of the projects he delivered were sought by residents for years, sometimes decades, before he took office. John listened to his constituents and delivered for them by leading the efforts to approve and fund those projects.

 
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Supporting our parks and preserving Local history.

John is working to ensure that current and future residents have the opportunity to experience and enjoy a great park system and open spaces in the County. He led efforts to increase the amount of the 2008 and 2012 Park bonds so that long sought-after projects in the Dranesville District, like the pedestrian bridge at Clarks Run in Riverbend Park and the gymnasium at Spring Hill RECenter, could be built.

 
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Protecting our environment and fighting against climate change.

John is working to ensure that our children and future generations have clean air to breathe, safe water to drink, and a future that is not harmed by the adverse impacts of climate change. Before joining the Board of Supervisors, he served for many years on the citizen council that advises Fairfax County government on environmental issues. As Supervisor, John has supported policies and approved projects that protect trees from destruction by developers and improve our streams. John is acting on his belief that we all must do our part to implement effective steps to deal with the climate change crisis. He has led the Board of Supervisors’ efforts to develop policies and implement projects that will reduce carbon emissions and address climate change and its devastating impacts.

 
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Supporting the most vulnerable members of our community.

To help meet the demand for affordable workforce housing, John has approved plans for transit oriented development projects that will deliver hundreds of housing units that are priced to be affordable to families living on moderate incomes. While finding housing that is affordable is difficult at almost all income levels, the problem is particularly acute for persons and families making 60% or less of the Federal Poverty Level. John supports the County’s efforts to preserve and expand affordable housing. He is delivering affordable housing in the Dranesville District, including the 82 units of independent living for low income seniors at the former Lewinsville elementary school site.

 
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Delivering workforce and affordable housing.

To help meet the demand for affordable workforce housing, John has approved plans for transit oriented development projects that will deliver hundreds of housing units that are priced to be affordable to families living on moderate incomes. While finding housing that is affordable is difficult at almost all income levels, the problem is particularly acute for persons and families making 60% or less of the Federal Poverty Level. John supports the County’s efforts to preserve and expand affordable housing. He is delivering affordable housing in the Dranesville District, including the 82 units of independent living for low income seniors at the former Lewinsville elementary school site.

 
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Celebrating our diversity and supporting all county residents.

Fairfax County is large and very diverse. John believes our diversity is a great asset and is one of our greatest strengths. He works to ensure that all County residents are treated fairly and receive equitable treatment. He supports the goals of the One Fairfax initiative to promote fairness and justice in the formation of public policy that results in all residents having an opportunity to fully participate and prosper. John regularly reaches out to members of minority and interfaith communities to encourage and support their participation in civic affairs. He works to ensure we are a community that does not discriminate against anyone regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, creed, disability, national origin, sexual preference or gender identity.

 
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Making county government more transparent, accountable, and responsive.

John believes that Dranesville residents deserve a Supervisor who respects their concerns and conducts the peoples’ business in a fair and open manner. He listens to his constituents, respects their opinions, and always tries to be their advocate. He brings people together to discuss issues, search for consensus and solve problems. He always makes sure his constituents have a meaningful opportunity to influence decisions that impact their lives before those decisions are made.