Voting in the 2014 Reston Association Board of Directors election is now open. There are nine candidates running for five seats. A candidates forum will be held Saturday, March 15 at Reston Association headquarters at 10 a.m.
Reston Association members received an election guide and ballot in the mail this week.
Reston Now will have Q & As with each candidate running daily this week and next. In the spirit of fairness, each candidate was given the same questions.
Today’s Q & A is with Mason Miller, one of five candidates running for the thee-year At-large seat.
Q: How long have you lived in Reston?
A: My family moved to Reston in 1971. We first lived at Inlet Court in Lake Anne. In 1977, we moved to Charlestown Lane in Hunters Woods. I relocated to San Diego for four years from 1987 to 1991. Since returning, I have lived in Hunters Woods, Lake Anne, Tall Oaks and South Lakes. Doing some quick math, I have lived in Reston about 39 years..
Q: What inspired you to run for the board?
A: My love for Reston and my appreciation for the history of the area. I have lived here, with some breaks, since 1971. As a child, I enjoyed playing in Reston’s woods and along many of the creeks that run through them. With all of the development on the horizon, I want to do everything I can to make sure that the same resources I enjoyed as a child are available to the children who will be here in 20 years.
Q: What are three of the biggest concerns you have for Reston?
A: 1. Keeping Reston as a single community, not two communities divided by the Dulles Toll Road.
2. Mitigating the effects of adding a huge number of households concentrated around the new Metro stations.
3. Making sure that Reston Association’s various property holdings cannot be developed in the future.
Q: What do you hope to accomplish by being on the board?
A: I would like to see Reston grow, while maintaining Reston Association’s natural resources and community. I would also like RA to examine putting deed restrictions on land owned by RA so that they could not be developed for any use other than Reston Association’s. There was a story recently in the local media about a proposal by a church to purchase RA land that borders Fox Mill Road. The feeling I got was that the board was not really inclined to make a sale of that land. While I am glad that the current board did not seem to want to sell any RA land, I think it would be better in the future if it was not even an option.
Q: How will your personal or professional experience help you in your role with RA?
A: I have done a number of things over the years professionally. My experiences growing up and working in Reston are varied and have exposed to me to a huge number of Reston’s individual neighborhoods as well as Reston as a whole.
As a child, I ran a Kool Aid stand at Lake Anne on weekends. Between sixth and ninth grade, I ran a janitorial company that cleaned offices in Reston and sold Pizza Man frozen pizzas door to door. As I entered high school I set up Computer Discounters of America, Inc. in my parents’ den and sold computers and peripherals. When I was growing up, my father practiced law and did a lot of zoning work. Our dinner conversations over the years included a lot of focus on land use.
As an adult, I have worked in residential and commercial real estate, property management, owned a local real estate brokerage. For the last 19 years, I have worked as a programmer as well as teaching programming. I own a small company, located here in Reston, that provides web application services to several thousand customers.
Based on my years of following Reston’s development, I think that I have a strong knowledge and understanding of where Reston has been, how it got to where it is, and a lot of ideas about how to make sure it gets to the right place in the future.
Disclosure: Miller is an advertiser on Reston Now.