I took the oath of office 42 days ago to serve on City Council. At noon today, August 11 2016, for the first time in decades, the City of Fairfax will be without a mayor. When the City Council convenes on Tuesday August 16 it will be a Councilmember (not a mayor or acting mayor) gaveling us to order. Without question, I did not envision the Council meeting under these circumstances. It is however, where we find ourselves as a community today. 

At our meeting on August 16, we will be discussing two items: (1) a date of a special election for the purpose of filling the position of Mayor and (2) the possible appointment of an interim mayor. During this meeting, there will be an opportunity for comments by the public. This is a chance for the residents of this City to share their concerns, frustrations, and ideas while the entire community listens.

When I announced I was running for City Council this past year, I shared my hope that our gathering places would be spaces where we could come together as a community to discuss issues - both big and small. I talked about how I wanted to serve on Council to make sure our City remains this special place. It is in this City - the one where people feel safe in public spaces to discuss issues, the one where people have a productive dialogue on our future - that Steph and I are proud to raise our children.

I understand and appreciate the situation we as a community face today. We are in a place we’ve never been before and in order to come out on the other side, we need to consider what is best for this community at this point in time. I ask you to show up, be present, share your thoughts, hear what others are saying, and be respectful of your neighbors and of the council members as we move forward together as a community.

If you want to contact me directly, you can reach me at [email protected] or at 703-463-7565.

Please note that if you use the email address of “Mayor and Council” linked from the City website, you may not receive a response from everyone.