Reston Association's newly elected board members told the Fairfax Times that they're ready to tackle wide range of issues after what the fancy news-paper called a "spirited" race:
As the dust settles on the Reston Association board elections, winning candidates say they're ready to tackle issues such as neighborhood revitalization, a long-debated indoor tennis complex and redevelopment around the future Wiehle Metro station.Yep.
These topics will likely dominate discussion during the next three years, all agreed.
"We are about to experience change over which RA has no direct control. That can be an unsettling feeling, but I am determined to leverage the spirit of community and innovation that have made Reston what it is today," said North Point District winner Mike Collins, who competed in a race with the slimmest margin, scoring a victory over candidate Peter Greenberg by two votes.
"The next three years of my term, I think, are going to be the most challenging for Reston," said Lake Anne/Tall Oaks district winner Ken Knueven, who bested candidates Kevin Danaher and Guy L. Rando.
Residents living in Knueven's community are particularly concerned about the 40-year-old RELAC system, a communal water-powered air-conditioning system that serves nearly 500 residential units.
"All the clusters are deeply concerned," he said. "It was state-of-the-art in its day ... but I think we need to be realistic about it." Knueven added the system is more eco-friendly than normal air-conditioning units, but doesn't always live up to the needs of residents, who feel limited because cool air does not turn on until May and does not always circulate well.
He said residents and the RA needed to prepare for the possibility that the system's owner would pull out or impose significant rate increases to keep up the system.
Although this year's RA election was more spirited than usual, candidates insist things will be fine going forward.
"It wasn't contentious among the candidates vying for office. It was contentious among the community organizations" backing candidates, said At-large district winner Joe Leighton, the only incumbent to retain his seat. Leighton took 40 percent of the vote in a four-way race.
"Basically, we haven't gotten going yet," he said, adding that the board would meet this week and next for planning sessions on how to tackle Reston issues. "We all need to work together. RA needs to do a better job of communicating ... of notifying the neighbors. We don't always do that."