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2017 Reston Association Board Election: Meet Charles Dorfeuille

by RestonNow.com — March 16, 2017 at 1:30 pm 5 Comments

Charles Dorfeuille/RAVoting in the 2017 Reston Association Board of Directors election will run through April 3. We will be posting profiles on each of the candidates. Featured here is Charles Dorfeuille, who is facing five other candidates in the race for an At-Large seat. His opponents are Roberto Anguizola (profile), Eric Carr (profile), Mike Collins (profile), Ven Iyer (profile) and HeidiAnne Werner (profile). The six squared off in a candidate forum last week.

The profiles are in a Q-and-A format. Each candidate had an opportunity to answer the same questions in their own words.

How long have you lived in Reston? What brought you here?

I have lived in the area for around 15 years, nine of which being in Reston Proper. Even when I didn’t live in Reston I would always find myself here, be it because of the Town Center or Lake Anne. My family moved here from Herndon because of the strong sense of community we saw here.

What inspired you to run for the board?

Through my involvement in the Community Engagement Advisory committee I had seen many inefficiencies in RA policy that I have not seen the board properly work on. I see many ways to improve RA, and also want to see a Reston where more of us are taking full advantage of what RA has to offer!

What are three of the biggest concerns you have for Reston?

For the short term, I think that redevelopment and rezoning are my biggest concerns. If this is not properly faced, it will have negative effects to our community for decades to come.

For the longer term, though, I see the rapid assessment increases as a very serious issue we must at least try to take on in a serious way.

What do you hope to accomplish by being on the board?

I hope to accomplish three things in my three-year term. The first is to increase the role of cluster presidents by better involving them on issues that concern them. Increasing the role of community leaders will provide much needed public input channel for communities potentially impacted by RA projects, like the Lake Newport soccer fields.

The second goal would be to revive our fight to maintain Reston’s open spaces. With the green space of Reston National still at risk, we need to make clear to all that we as a community value our open space above all else.

Lastly, I would like to see the board work on our unfair assessment system. We now have a system where the new luxury apartments are paying half what normal apartment residents pay in assessment dues. I also believe we should add a new cap that will make the assessment increases both marginal and predictable.

How will your personal or professional experience help you in your role with RA?

I have grown up in this community, and as a result have taken advantage of youth-oriented programs. I know how to make these programs better through trial and error. I was also an original member of the Parks & Recreation Advisory committee and the Community Engagement Advisory committee. Through these postings, I have been able to learn the processes of RA and how things are done. This experience will allow me to hit the ground running if elected to the At-Large seat this April.

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  • Donald

    Mr. Dorfeuille, I’m going to keep asking what started on Ms. Krieger’s Q&A page. (I’m asking all the candidates.)

    Reston National Golf Course is under constant threat of being redeveloped. Reston Association, Rescue Reston and the County continue to be vigilant, spending precious time and dollars, to defend the open space. Hidden Creek CC, could conceivably go the same route as RNGC.

    Reston Association has committed to purchasing (via referendum) the RNGC as a last resort to preserve the property.

    What would you do, if either of these items came to you while serving on the board?

    Thank you,
    Donald

    • Charles P. Dorfeuille

      Hi Donald,
      I would personally not look at this as an ideological issue, but rather a financial one. Reston has two pronounced challenges today: a rapidly increasing cost of living and the high risk of over development. Both of these issues is vital for the association to help fight away if we want to maintain the founding spirit of Reston.
      If we were approached to purchase either of these properties at a financially difficult time, like the one we are in now, I would be forced to not support it. We need to keep assessment rates low to keep our working class communities in Reston. If we buy either, or both, of these properties at unacceptable prices then we would be forced to raise the assessments to rates our working class communities would not be able to absorb.
      We need to protect our working class communities, and our open spaces. That’s why I support our master plan, because it gives us a path to do both. We can lower our assessment rate by combining like programs that are underutilized, and we can fight single-minded developers with our master plan that forbids development on these lands.
      Thank you for your question, and apologies for getting to it so late.
      Don’t forget to vote!

  • Mike M

    Wow! Look out for Charles. This guy is going places!

  • David Hersh

    I taught at both Herndon Middle and Herndon High while Charles was coming up. I never taught him in my classes, but I certainly knew who he was. It doesn’t surprise me one bit to see him stepping up like this. He was impressive in middle school, impressive in high school, and is impressive now. Good luck, Charles.

    • Bernie Supporter

      I agree. Charles was impressive. What impressed me most was his quick, decisive answer during the debate that he would never support waivers or special exceptions for developers. I think he may have been the only one to say that. (And if he wasn’t, he was certainly the first.)

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