Miller was technically not on the ballot as an Apartment Owners rep for the 2014 elections, which closed at 5 p.m. on Monday. She says she intended to file by the Feb. 14 deadline, but was delayed by snow that week and missed the deadline by about 30 minutes. She has been campaigning as a write-in candidate.
The Apartment Owners seat represents the businesses — JBG among them — that own multifamily units in Reston. It is somewhat different than the other board seats in that the rep, who does not have to live in Reston, only is elected by a voting pool of 20. The director also does not have to actually own apartments in Reston.
The seat is open because current Apartment Owners Director Amanda Andere did not run again. Ellen Graves, who has served in a number of leadership positions in Reston, is also running for the Apartment Owners Director spot.
Miller, a former Reston resident who now lives in Aldie, has managed Reston properties for several companies during her career.
“I feel like the apartment industry is such a fundamental part of Reston,” she said. “I think it would be great to have a voice that understands our industry. It is a great opportunity for the apartment industry to become more involved with Cornerstones, Taste of Reston, and other Reston organizations.”
In Reston, JBG currently owns Fairway Apartments (which has been slated for massive redevelopment) as well as Charter Oaks Apartments. It also owns the Reston Heights development where the Mercer Condos, the Sheraton Reston and the Westin Reston Heights are located. That area is also slated for additional expansion and development.
Miller said Metro’s arrival in Reston is “the biggest challenge” facing Reston Association.
“JBG’s properties are on North Shore, so I am interested in how we are going to be moving in Reston without creating backups,” she said.
RA election results will be announced April 8.