2018 Reston Association Board Election: Meet Derrick Watkins

by Fatimah Waseem February 28, 2018 at 3:30 pm 6 Comments

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 Derrick Watkins, who is facing six other candidates for two at-large seats for 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?

I came to Reston four year ago looking for opportunity in the aviation industry as an Aircraft Mechanic.  With its location next to IAD and DCA, Reston was a prime location.  I love Reston and its close proximity to Washington, D.C., which will help support my future aspirations in government.

What inspired you to run for the board?

Running for the board of directors is a unique opportunity to get involved in government.  In America, anyone should have the opportunity to be involved in community government.  Reston has helped me to succeed personally and being on the board would allow me to help Reston continue to prosper and also fix a few snags along the way.

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

1. Letting development happen at the expense of experience.

2. Letting development destroy green spaces.

3. Residents not being engaged with the community and RA governance.

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

1. Engage the community.

2. Alleviate congestion before more development happens.

3. Engage the community some more.  Community pressure is how things get done.

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

I started my career as an Aircraft Mechanic early in life and now work in the highly intensive and demanding airline industry.  Every day I exercise the highest levels of ethics and integrity in my trade.  Hard work and the desire to finish a job often leads me to staying many hours after I should have been home.  Ethics and genuine hard work is what the Reston Association needs to completely serve its purpose in the community.

Click here to view video statements or read candidate statements submitted to RA. 

Photo by Reston Association

  • John Higgins

    I like a lot of what I heard from Mr. Watkins. The depth of competition this time has him at some disadvantage. Should he not gain the seat, I hope he will stay involved and try his hand again.

    • Bernie Supporter

      Yup. What John said.

      • Donald

        Agree. Couldn’t have said it better myself.


        • Artie Bucco

          That would take smarts and not just troller or copying and pasting the same questions over and over again.

    • Arlene Krieger

      Me too. Love this guy. We need to get rid of all the old thinkers who have been around for way to long, thinking and thinking, talking and talking, and not doing much of anything. Frankly the world belongs to younger folks in my opinion. So lets get our of their way.

  • Arlene Krieger

    I would like to know what your opinion is about getting rid of Lake House once and for all. There is no way to get enough income to even cover the expenses. Why not cut our looses and take what we can get and put the money back in our emergency fund. Why not invest that money in such a way to get the member’s money back?.


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