Voting in the 2018 Reston Association Board of Directors election will run from March 5 through April 2. This week, we will continue posting profiles on each of the candidates.
Featured here is Aaron Webb, who is facing six other candidates for two at-large seats, which run a three-year term. The profiles are in a Q-and-A format. With the exception of minor formatting edits, profiles are published in unedited form. 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?
My family and I came to Reston from California for a one-year assignment when I was working for the Navy. A year among the trees in the Barton Hill area was enough to convince us to sell our house and make a career change so we could stay and raise our kids here.
What inspired you to run for the board?
I have had the opportunity to work on the Hook Road Recreation Area Working Group and really enjoyed working with fellow Restonians to plan for the future of our community. After one of the meetings of the working group I came across a flier about serving on the board and felt I should do my part to contribute. I was encouraged by the process of obtaining signatures for the application, everyone I spoke with agreed that running for a position on the board was a great idea.
What are three of the biggest concerns you have for Reston?
My three largest concerns are infrastructure, stagnation, and Reston being exploited by outside entities. I want to ensure that Reston’s growth into the future is well thought-out and designed with the long-term health of the community in mind. Infrastructure and amenities should accompany growth, not be an after-thought. Reston must continue to lead in innovative concepts and excellent management. We must also protect Reston from any entity that would trade away long-term benefits for short-term windfalls.
What do you hope to accomplish by being on the board?
I hope to keep a focus on the principles that have formed and sustained Reston. I will ensure that the seven goals outlined at the outset are still a driving force behind board decisions (see https://www.restonmuseum.org/reston-history).
How will your personal or professional experience help you in your role with RA?
I have served in several capacities that have given me useful experience for service on the board. As the Director of Engineering, I have learned to analyze and evaluate the costs and benefits of alternatives and select the best approach for the company. Serving in my church I have a deep respect for entrusted funds. The time I spent on the board of the Lakeside Cluster honed my skills in working with others for the benefit of the community.
Photo by Reston Association