Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel Announces Campaign Decision

Merkel revealed this week whether she plans to seek re-election in May.

Current Town of Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel announced her intention to run for re-election in May. (Courtesy Photo)
Current Town of Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel announced her intention to run for re-election in May. (Courtesy Photo)
Current Town of Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel announced Monday that she is seeking re-election to a second term this May during the town's local election.

Merkel was first elected to the Town Council in 2010, and then as Mayor in 2012.

During the past 20 months of her first term, Merkel has said her top priorities have been planning for Metro’s arrival, downtown revitalization, and economic development—all of which she has worked toward without increasing the real estate tax rate for property owners in the town, she said.

“Herndon needs strong, compassionate leadership and bold vision to meet the challenges of successfully integrating Metro’s arrival with the unique charm of our downtown," Merkel said Monday.

Phase Two of the Silver Line will connect the Dulles Corridor to the main Metro line, which runs all the way into D.C. Including stops in Herndon, Phase Two is currently expected to debut in 2018.

"We have an incredible opportunity before us to position ourselves as a next-generation small town—where high-tech meets hometown. We don’t have to sacrifice one to have the other," Merkel said. "I am anxious to build on what we’ve accomplished and continue working to maintain and improve the quality of life for all Herndon residents."

Since Merkel took office in mid-2012, Herndon has attracted several new businesses, from niche businesses in the downtown like Green Lizard Cycling, to Amazon Web Services, which relocated its headquarters to Worldgate Drive this past summer, bringing 500 jobs to the Town of Herndon.

"We couldn't be more thrilled to have opened our business in a unique town with such vision for the future," said Green Lizard Cycling owners Dave and Beth Meyer. "We are happy with everything Mayor Merkel has accomplished and look forward to her continued leadership in shaping our community."

Merkel said Monday she has received the support of both the chair of the Town Planning Commission, Kevin East, and Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust.

"Lisa Merkel has strengthened the Town’s relationships with Fairfax County, the Chamber of Commerce, and other surrounding jurisdictions. To lose her as Mayor would take the town backwards,” Foust said.

Read more about Merkel's campaign and record on her website.


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P.J Weener January 23, 2014 at 01:28 AM
Obviously Supervisor Faust doesn't live in Herndon. Raising taxes on food and wasting hundreds of thousands on a marketing scam shows how backward the town has gone under her leadership. Chickens, goats, and next unicorns will occupy the may
Walter Hadlock January 23, 2014 at 08:12 AM
I wasn't going to comment, but hanging on to the illusion "...unique charm of our downtown." is too much. Maybe, just maybe in who knows how many years from now, there will be a "unique downtown". For now, it is a jumble of old buildings, with one fortress like newer brick building, in a very small area. There is very little room in the "downtown" with which to do much. Face it, until the owner of the Pines shopping center, decides to sell, there isn't a whole lot of room for any redevelopment. Jimmy's, Anita's, Russia House, Zefferelli's, and the Ice House Cafe, (maybe O'Sullivan's will keep going), could be categorized as "destination" restaurants, and at least one of those mentioned could use a serious makeover. I've lived here since 1979, and just outside the town limits since 1975 and hardly a year goes by that there isn't talk about the "redevelopment" of the downtown. And don't forget, it looks like construction of the WAWA gas station complex just over the border in Loudoun County is underway. While Herndon talks, the surrounding areas act.
P.J Weener January 26, 2014 at 03:43 PM
Under Mayor Merkel's tenure I have seen nothing but the most venomous atmosphere between local government and citizens. Take a strong look at Grace Wolf, Shelia Olem, and Charlie Waddell who aggressively attack tax payers my voting to sue property owners without the deceny of talking to the owners. Mayor Merkel had done nothing to reign in the most divisive group who attack property owners. A homeowner on Elden was also aggressively attack when they in earnest tried to update the ugliest facade on a home (considered historic). Kevin East'd support is meaningless ! What an idiot. He's a great example why nothing can be built in Herndon.
Barry Owen April 26, 2014 at 05:20 PM
Looking at Lisa Merkel's bio....It seems that see enjoys all the charm, activities and programs that the hard working people that grew up in this town have created over their many generations growing up here. Hometown roots are stronger than the newcomer's ideas. We need to respect the original founders values that lead their families to care so tenderly for their hometown. We have been here since 1960 and we have nothing but gratitude for the for the generations of families that made this a great town.


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