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Poll: Should Voters Select Six Candidates for the Herndon Town Council Race?

Town of Herndon residents will be asked to select candidates for the Herndon Town Council on the ballot tomorrow. But language on the ballot states that voters are only required to select up to six candidates, leaving voters with the option to select candidates they feel particularly passionate about without filling out all available slots.

The option, which has garnered questions from voters, prompted Town of Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel to address the issue earlier today. Merkel, who is running unopposed, is backing only four candidates: Jennifer Baker, Bill McKenna, Grace Wolf Cunningham and Joseph Plummer.

There are several ways to look at that. Voting for just the candidates you believe in may make sense in this kind of election when the top six vote getters are the winners. Recent elections have been very close. (Even the Virginia House of Delegates was essentially decided by one vote in one house district!) At times in the past Council seats have been decided by as few as 4 votes. What if you voted for the four or five candidates you really believe in, but then felt like you had to use up your last vote or two, and cast votes for candidates that you weren’t 100% behind? And then one of the “second choices” manages to beat one of your top choices by a vote or two? In essence you contributed to your favorite actually losing the seat. Sounds crazy, but it could happen. Food for thought, I guess.

Town of Herndon residents, take the following poll to indicate how you plan to handle the issue on Election Day. 

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Black Ice in Reston Neighborhoods Draws Heat

After Sunday’s wet weather, some Restonians are running into another challenge as they begin the week.

Several residents have complained of sheets of black ice on roads on side and neighborhood roads, prompting calls for a delayed school opening earlier this morning.

Here’s what some Twitter users had to say:

Based on conditions in your neighborhood, do you think Fairfax County Public Schools should have delayed school this morning? Respond in the poll below.

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Poll: What Are You Most Looking Forward to in 2017?

Reston Town CenterFrom new developments to entertaining events to major changes, Reston has had a lot going on in 2016. The approaching new year brings new things and Reston Now wants to know what you’re most looking forward to around town in 2017.

Maybe you liked the buzz election day caused and you can’t wait for the flurry of activity that will accompany the presidential inauguration next month. Or perhaps you’re more interested in hotly-debated local issues like the planned January 3 change to paid parking at Reston Town Center.

Had enough of politics and politically-charged issues altogether? You might be looking forward to some days away from work with another snowstorm. But there are also those who wouldn’t mind skipping the snow and moving directly into spring and the blooming of the cherry blossoms.

A number of new local restaurants and businesses are scheduled to open next year, like Founding Farmers or Kung Fu Tea. Plus, the numerous events around Lake Anne and elsewhere in Reston are always something to look forward to.

And don’t forget a big change for parents and students: School starts in August instead of after Labor Day next year.

So what’s the No. 1 thing you’re looking forward to in 2017?

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