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Incumbents Are Only Candidates for Reston Community Center Board Seats

by Dave Emke — August 21, 2017 at 10:15 am 5 Comments

There will be three seats available on the Reston Community Center Board of Governors come October, as three incumbents come to the end of their three-year terms.

As the nomination period ended last week, though, only three names are on the list — those three incumbents.

Bill Keefe, William Penniman and Vicky Wingert all applied for another term on the Board. No other candidates stepped forward.

Each of the incumbents have candidate statements posted on the Reston Community Center website.

Board seats are filled by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, with guidance from the results of a community preference poll. Voting in the poll is Sept. 8-29, with the county BoS making its decision the next month. Each property in Small District 5 (SD5) will receive a ballot in the mail. Mail-in ballots must be received by no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, while walk-in and online ballots can be submitted through 5 p.m. the following day.

Leila Gordon, RCC executive director, said the poll must be held even though there are only incumbents on the list.

“We have no leeway on holding the poll if only the same number of people run as there are seats open,” she said. “Per our Memorandum of Understanding with Fairfax County, we are obligated to have the Poll every year.”

A candidates’ forum will be held Monday, Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at CenterStage at RCC Hunters Woods (2310 Colts Neck Road).

Headshots courtesy Reston Community Center. From left: Bill Keefe, William Penniman and Vicky Wingert.

  • Donald

    That figures. What a shame.

    Donald

    • The Don

      Why not run?

  • John Higgins

    I’m guessing the cost of printing and mailing ballots to every district resident is upwards of $20,000. How about a zero-cost amendment of the Memo of Understanding that adds a sentence to the effect “except when no seat on the board is unopposed”? As I recall, this is not an election, but a poll that provides community input to the county. Here’s my unsolicited input: when there is an opportunity to save tax dollars, do so.

    • Leila Gordon

      Thanks for the suggestion, John. I will bring it to the attention of the Board when we do the debrief on this year’s poll. I would say however that the document/ballot in the mailing contains very useful information about the agency, its funding, its governance and 3 of the 9 members of the Board. It’s far from a waste of time or funding to distribute that information annually. Particularly with so much flux in the community – getting that information into every household is perhaps helpful in giving people more info about the community into which they have moved. Thanks for your thoughtful comment!

    • cRAzy

      Why save tax dollars when these 3 and a couple of cohorts can just rate our tax rate? They don’t care. You can see below that the RCC chief doesn’t care.

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