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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Some Politics are Local: A Full Slate of RA Board Candidates (We Think)

In a Restonian World Exclusive (tm), an operative has shared an unofficial list of candidates for the upcoming RA Board elections. (The slate will be officially unveiled later this week, so we'll know soon enough if this list is actually correct.)

At-Large Candidates:

1. Rod Koozmin
11571 Embers Court, Reston, VA. 20191

2. Joe Leighton
2033 Approach Lane, Reston, VA 20191

3. David Robinson
1622 Bennington Hollow Lane, Reston, VA 20194

4. Patrick Shipp
11408 Running Cedar Road, Reston, VA. 20191

Lake Anne/Tall Oaks District Candidates:

1. Kevin Danaher
1795 Ivy Oaks Square, Reston, VA. 20190

2. Ken Knueven
11432 Waterview Cluster, Virginia, VA 20190

3. Guy L. Rando
1512 Inlet Court, Reston, VA 20190

North Point District Candidates:

1. Michael E. Collins
11408 Gate Hill Place, Unit Q, Reston, VA 20194

2. Peter Greenberg
1451 Waterfront Road, Reston, VA. 20194

3. Rengin Morro
1652 Sierra Woods Drive, Reston, VA 20194
Considering the full plate the RA has ahead of it, we're pleased to see so many people interested in serving on the board.

22 comments:

  1. The Convict in the GulagFebruary 3, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    Forgive me for not being well-versed in the nuances of the RA political process, but why are there no representatives for the Gulag? Is it not our time of the century or is it that we don't deserve no stinking representation in RA?

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  2. Convict,

    I believe our seat is not up for election this time around. The terms are (I think) 3 years and are staggered so that you won't have a board entirely full of newbies. We do get to vote for the at-large seat this year, however.

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  3. Where exactly is the Gulag, Gulag? Forgive me if this should be obvious to me as a Restonite?

    Also you should know, I support your platform of Roller Derby in Reston. Personally I see great potential for it as a community conflict resolution option.

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  4. Broke in Charter Oak (BiCO)February 3, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    MU, many of the people of South Reston have an inferiority complex and consider themselves to be captives. As someone who lives near Lake Anne but LIKES South Reston I don't see what all of the complaining is about.

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  5. The Convict in the GulagFebruary 3, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    It is that area in South Reston defined by South Lakes Dr, Soapstone Dr, Glade Dr and Sunrise Valley Dr, to include Freetown Dr and Green Range Dr. and South Lakes High School.

    However, if you're not into doing a map recon of the area, you can just look for the FCPD helicopters. They're never too far away, especially on warm summer weekend evenings.

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  6. Oh of course, as a graduate of South Lakes High School I had many friends who lived in those neighborhoods.

    Although I think your characterization of it as a "gulag" is entertainingly harsh. But maybe that's my sentimentality talking. :)

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  7. The Convict in the GulagFebruary 3, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    Well, MU, give up your Lake Anne residence for a patch of sunshine in Winterthur for a couple of years and we can then revisit your thoughts about the Gulag. Internal exile was never so good!

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  8. Oh man, I thought my neighborhood was included in the gulag. Now I'm disappointed! Does close count? How about gang tagging over the summer?

    BiCo - we don't have an inferiority complex down South here...just a finely honed sense of irony. Or not.

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  9. I will certainly consider it...

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  10. 75% of Restonians do not vote ever in a RA election. As candidates we get only 150 words to state out goals, a one minute spot on com quest and a three minute speech. Has anyone ever watched the Candidate speeches? Is it any wonder that so many never vote and are unfamiliar with the candidates?

    True many may not want to watch long shows of candidates speaking but there has to be a better way to get the word out.

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  11. Rod here's your platform. What are your views?

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  12. Well.... since you ask:

    Qualifications:

    I sharpen scissors and knives at farmer’s markets and hair salons. Scissors and knives become dull and unusable over time. Restoring these tools to work like new saves time and money for the discriminating cook or hair stylist. If elected, I will bring this spirit of resourcefulness and economy to the Reston Association(RA). I want the RA to serve citizens with less expense and more efficiency, to continue fulfilling Robert Simon’s vision of Reston as the best place on the planet to live, work, and play! With that in mind I served on the Reston Citizens Association as a Director and supervised the meeting that resulted in the information packet ”Methods of Obtaining and Sharing Information in the Reston Area.” I currently serve on the RA Neighborhoods Advisory Committee and as an Assistant leader for Hypothermia Week. ... See More

    Goals:

    To be a community, it is essential that Reston have open and accessible lines of communication that go both ways. Unfortunately, RA currently limits communication to one way institutional communication. I favor improving our electronic communications including creation of an on line forum where citizens can both receive information about the Association’s work while offering their opinions on current projects under consideration to help the board understand and address the needs of citizens. This could be largely self-supporting and be helpful for Reston businesses.

    I will advocate for the RA to spend some of its current $1,200,000 budget for computers and communication for this citizen communication.

    I favor more decisions being made by referendum WITHOUT board input.

    I will never vote for expensive feasibility studies without a clear mandate from the people of Reston.

    I am here to work for you and humbly ask for your vote.

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  13. Hey -- the person who painted their snowbanks to protect their "resident" parking spaces back in December is one of the folks running for RA Office! Coincidence?

    (I'll let you smart Restonian readers make the connection.)

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  14. Whelp, I guess in a hour or so it'll be time to "mount up"[:o) and start to head on over to the RA on Isaac Newton square and it'll be time to fully enter the race. It's the second time I've run.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-arLiOBDxOI&feature=related

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  15. Rod you are definitely the sharpest candidate.

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  16. You've got my vote Rod.

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  17. You Damn Kids Get Out Of My Parking SpaceFebruary 4, 2010 at 10:18 PM

    Anon 1:01 -- GREAT catch! Right there in the last photo of the December 21st Restonian article about Snowpocalypse I (Snowpocalypse II arriving shortly; wonder if a similar warning will be posted on the snowbank there by the end of this weekend)

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  18. There are many excellent candidates running for board seats this year and if any one of them are elected they will no doubt serve with distinction. But only by giving a voice for the citizens to comment to the board and to each other will Reston be a cohesive community. That will make Reston truly special in a great way. I hope I am elected by a significant majority to send the message to the board that Reston wants to be be able to communicate with each other and to the board If Reston achieves this it will be something that it will never want to give up.

    After going to the candidates meeting I wandered eventually into the 80/20 meeting or master plan group. Stilson said to me earlier how difficult it was for the different groups who were very similar to agree on a single statement.

    Jane Wong told me someone blurted out during the meeting that they thought the whole thing may just be a farce and she thought they might be right.

    Then on to the Neighborhood Advisory Committee that I usually serve on and we planned the years coming meetings for that group and there's some of interest. Mark Stipple suggested having a meeting about parking regulations a subject with a future in Reston.

    It was quite a night in the old town!-Rod

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  19. There are many excellent candidates running for board seats this year and if any one of them are elected they will no doubt serve with distinction. But only by giving a voice for the citizens to comment to the board and to each other will Reston be a cohesive community. That will make Reston truly special in a great way. I hope I am elected by a significant majority to send the message to the board that Reston wants to be be able to communicate with each other and to the board If Reston achieves this it will be something that it will never want to give up.

    After going to the candidates meeting I wandered eventually into the 80/20 meeting or master plan group. Stilson said to me earlier how difficult it was for the different groups who were very similar to agree on a single statement.

    Jane Wong told me someone blurted out during the meeting that they thought the whole thing may just be a farce and she thought they might be right.

    Then on to the Neighborhood Advisory Committee that I usually serve on and we planned the years coming meetings for that group and there's some of interest. Mark Stipple suggested having a meeting about parking regulations a subject with a future in Reston.

    It was quite a night in the old town!-Rod

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  20. There are many excellent candidates running for board seats this year and if any one of them are elected they will no doubt serve with distinction. But only by giving a voice for the citizens to comment to the board and to each other will Reston be a cohesive community. That will make Reston truly special in a great way. I hope I am elected by a significant majority to send the message to the board that Reston wants to be be able to communicate with each other and to the board If Reston achieves this it will be something that it will never want to give up.

    After going to the candidates meeting I wandered eventually into the 80/20 meeting or master plan group. Stilson said to me earlier how difficult it was for the different groups who were very similar to agree on a single statement.

    Jane Wong told me someone blurted out during the meeting that they thought the whole thing may just be a farce and she thought they might be right.

    Then on to the Neighborhood Advisory Committee that I usually serve on and we planned the years coming meetings for that group and there's some of interest. Mark Stipple suggested having a meeting about parking regulations a subject with a future in Reston.

    It was quite a night in the old town!-Rod

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  21. I regret the triplicate commenting which was not my intention. It's the first time I tried commenting using the remote reply feature and it doesn't seem to work yet in singular perhaps this could be reported to the blog or gmail people?

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