As the deadline for voting draws near, this year's contested RA board election has been fairly quiet -- perhaps too quiet. But our BFFs at Reston Now have picked up on an interesting kerfluffle: apparently a JBG employee is being pushed as a write-in candidate for the "apartment owners" seat on the RA Board, a seat which is voted on by--you guessed it--JBG and a small group of other developers and property holders. Give us some good blockquote, BFFs at Reston Now:
Several members of the Reston Association Board of Directors are concerned that a write-in candidate may be leading the in the votes for the Apartment Owners seat.In a Q&A, Graves, the non-write-in-candidate who was the only person to actually file for the seat, on time, talked about her goals:
Ellen Graves is the official candidate for the spot, but Kimberly Miller, a portfolio manager with developer The JBG Companies has received many votes, RA sources said.
Miller is not a Reston Association member, but RA bylaws allow a non-resident to be in that spot.
While there is nothing in the RA bylaws that prevents a write-in candidate from seeking election, it brings up a question of why Miller did not seek election the standard way — by filing with RA months ago and campaigning for the position. Reston officials said Miller did file, but her application came in late, sources said.
And while there is no rule against having an employee of a major developer on the board, it also brings up the question of potential conflicts of interest as JBG owns several developments in Reston and has filed plans for several more.
Serve as a liaison between Reston Association and apartment owners; serve as a voice for the voice-less.Noted without comment.
Meanwhile, the Reston Now article also points out that the turnout for voting for the remaining seats on the board that are actually voted on by
RA Elections Chair Ed Robichaud says turnout has been pretty light in the 2014 board election. Ballots must be in by Monday at 5 p.m.True, but this sort of thing doesn't help.
“I take it as an embarrassment that we can only convince 3,000 people to vote,” he said.