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Call for Candidates Issued to Fill RA Board Seat Vacated by Ray Wedell

by Dave Emke September 7, 2017 at 11:30 am 4 Comments

Reston Association is asking members interested in taking over for Ray Wedell, who has vacated his seat on the RA Board of Directors, to put their names in the hat.

Anyone interested in serving out the remainder of the term of the at-large seat, which runs through April, is asked to submit a statement of candidacy by noon Friday, Sept. 22. Completed applications can be sent in by mail (12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20191-3404); by email to the board’s assistant secretary, Sabrina Tadele ([email protected]); or in-person at RA headquarters.

Certified candidates will meet with the board at its Thursday, Sept. 28 meeting to discuss interests and qualifications.

Wedell stepped down last week, citing in his statement that his “successes have been outweighed by the frustrations.” He had served on the board since 2015 and was also on the Board Operations Committee, which is responsible for reviewing and setting board agenda items each month.

RA is issuing the call for candidates after receiving “unanimous consent” from the Board of Directors to do so. The seat is one of four that will be up for vote in the 2018 election.

  • Greg

    So, it will be a six-month term?

    • John Higgins

      Yes, the person will serve until the April. There is something to be said for this interim appointee to be someone willing to run for election next year. It would be a loss to waste the experience (and accountability) during this difficult period of budget preparation. At the same time, appointed incumbency offers unearned campaign advantages. I’d be interested to hear views of others on whether the appointee should commit to stand for election or commit to not do so. It’s asking a lot, but I’d ask folks to hold the cynicism just this one time.

  • Arlene Krieger

    I agree with John Higgins . An appointed Board Member would offer the person advantages over the other n the 2018 election.

  • Arlene Krieger

    correction:over the other candidates

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