Speak Out: What Would You Ask the Council, Mayoral Candidates?

Local press will have the chance to ask the Herndon Town Council and mayoral candidates up to three questions at the DRCC candidates forum on April 18. We're taking suggestions for questions.

The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce and Herndon Community Television will host their Herndon Candidates Forum on April 18 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

During the event candidates will make an opening statement that will include resume highlights, their reasons for running and their major issues of concern.

The Chamber and HCTV have invited members of the local press, including Herndon Patch editor Leslie Perales, to ask questions of the candidates. There will be a 10-minute intermission, then they will take questions from the audience. 

What questions do you want answered by the council and mayoral candidates? Are you interested in their positions on the Metro, downtown redevelopment, or economic development? Are you concerned with traffic, policing and crime, or services provided by the town? 

Let us know in the comments and tell us what topics you'd like to see the candidates address. Participating press has been given until the afternoon of April 13 to finalize our questions. 

The forum will be open to those who want to attend in person, and attendees will be able to ask questions during the questions from the audience portion. Viewers watching on HCTV at home can call in questions to 703-689-2328. The forum will be held at the Mary Ingram Council Chambers, 765 Lynn St.

The three mayoral candidates are Lisa Merkel, Jasbinder Singh and William Tirrell. The council candidates include Eric Boll, Jeffrey Davidson, Connie Haines Hutchinson, Melissa Jonas, Dave Kirby, Sheila Olem, Charlie Waddell, Dave Webster II and Grace Han Wolf. For information on the candidates' websites and campaign contact information . 

David Kirby April 17, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Yes. I will support and help build a Bocce Ball Court. I will ask the Town Manger to identity a site at one of Herndon's parks and ask for volunteers to build it. It will be a community effort with little or no cost to the town. This will be in addition to the one being built by the Moose Lodge.
Non Partisan Voter April 17, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Anyone know why Les Zidel is campaign manager for the slate? He paid Dransville Supervisor's former campaign manager and current aide $500.00 dollars for consulting at FCDC Chairmans home on 1/31/2012 - this came from Olem's campaign funds while Vice Mayor Merkel contributed a dollar to herself the same day. So much explaining to do.
David Kirby April 17, 2012 at 06:56 PM
CriticalVoter April 17, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Who says that he is or are you, as usual, just flinging rumor and what you'd like people to believe? Do you ever even fact check any of your statements or are you just another irresponsible anonymous baiter? Anyway, the person who would know would be the same person who knows if Bill Campenni is the campaign manager for Dave Webster and Bill Tirrell.
Non Partisan Voter April 17, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Take a deep breath and fact check yourself. Financial disclosure filings are quite clear who spent what, what they spent it on, who received it, and what date it was spent. SBE disclosures also show one person dispursing funds and all to a non Herndon resident deeply tied to the FCDC as shown on FCDC 2.0. You really have to be more calm in discussions than flinging emotional vitriol. Rather than "point fingers" feel free to fact check on the States election site. Remember the slate boasts they are responsible for this filing requirement which makes slate campaining messy.
CriticalVoter April 17, 2012 at 07:50 PM
I see lots of people spending money across many different businesses. I see a wide variety of donors, from all areas near and far. I see family members, candidates, local business owners, town residents all donating money. I see moneis being spent in the Town of Herndon. I don't see a campaign finance disclosure for Charlie Waddell or Jeff Davidson. I don't see anything 'cloak and dagger' at all. What do you see Non Partisan Voter?
Barbara Glakas April 17, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Dear Non-Partisan Voter, Les Zidel is no one’s campaign manager. You have gotten wrong information somwhere along the line.
Non Partisan Voter April 17, 2012 at 07:58 PM
So you confirmed Shelia Olem paid Supervisor Faust's former campaign manager and current aide $500.00 for consulting services at the FCDC Chairman's home address? You should contact SBE if you think there is a filing or reporting error.
Non Partisan Voter April 17, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Finance manager ? He seems to distribute funds for the slate of candidates on the Utube FCDC which you are also featured on. You know Herndon is non partisan but you are also featured in the Chairman's video thanking him for the needed change we need. That is you on multiple videos right? It also looks like Jay Donahue was also in featured in the Chairman's home.
Jan Tirrell April 17, 2012 at 08:45 PM
CriticalVoter...Sorry to disappoint you...there has not been a palace coup. I am and have been in each of Bill's elections his campaign manager.
CriticalVoter April 17, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Yup and how is that the Democrats supporting her? She PAID FOR a consultant who FORMERLY worked on a campaign. Everyone needs a job? You got something against employing American citizens and Town residents?
Non Partisan Voter April 18, 2012 at 01:17 AM
You must first hand knowledge that the former Dransville Supervisor Campaign Manger needs a job and he is a Herndon resident. He actually list his employment as aide to Supervisor Faust and received payment at the address of FCDC Chairman Cesar del Agulia. You should ask Ann Csonka the question on hiring American citizens and Town residents. I'm not sure you even know what point you are trying to make. I hire anyone who has legal status to work but they do not solicit work on street corners or in private lots belonging to private businesses. PLEASE take time to think your responses through and what point you are trying to express. So my question to Shelia Olem is why are you paying $500.00 to Dransville Supervisor Faust aide while accepting $350.00 dollars from the FCDC and another $250 from Nachman who owns multiple properties in the D/T Herndon area.
Non Partisan Voter April 18, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Question: The disclosure forms on SBE suggest downtown business owners are contributing thousands to the FCDC slate Merkel, Olem, Wolf, and the four "hand picked" candidates by Fairfax Democrat Committee Chairman del Agulia. Seems the downtown and Metro plans heavily favor business owners while causing traffic congestion to property owners. Given the lopsided contributions to the FCDC slate, how will you be able to maintain any sence of integrity in decisions you made by a block agreement should they get reflected or elected.
Non Partisan Voter April 18, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Question: Why is an appointed Herndon Planning Commisioner giving Mayor candidate Lisa Merkel $500 dollars and other slate candidates equal contributions ? Given the non partisan election was suppose to be non partisan, isn't contributions to the FCDC Slate approved candidates now appear to be a violation of the Hatch Act? Has the Planning Commissioner attended any fund raising events sponsored by Dulles Area Democrats or FCDC chairman?
CriticalVoter April 18, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Non Partisan Voter - probably because all of these people are Herndon residents. Now you have an issue with Herndon residents giving money to Herndon Town Council candidates? What does the Planning Commissioner's social calendar have anything to do with anything? Your observations are amiss. Looks like Lisa C. Merkel reported one business contribution from a longtime Herndon resident and business owner, amounting to less than 8% of her contributions reported. This is an issue? At least she has received the significant support of Herndon residents and businesses, as demonstrated by the donations received, unlike the other mayoral candidates. Obviously residents are free to contribute to whom they like but I see that a large number of residents and local business owners have chosen to support Lisa C. Merkel, as evidenced by her donation schedule, It's clear that you have a problem with local residents supporting a candidate - hmm, isn't that what the democratic process is all about? Guess you have a problem with listening to the people Non Partisan Voter, cause you just don't like what they have to say.
Non Partisan Voter April 18, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Great catch. Did you see the survey on "News you can use" asking a diversity question? Seriously ? Did the Town expect to quantify how many folks do and don't want "diversity". What is meant by diversity? Question: Who approved the Town Questionairre asking citizens if they support "diversity"? Did the Mayor and Council approve such a thoughtless question ? Why do we spend over $100,000 for a position for a Public Information Officer allowing such leading questions?
Non Partisan Voter April 18, 2012 at 02:08 AM
You must be facing a mirror when you type this stuff. I have a problem with an appointed Planning Commissioner giving to a FCDC recruited Mayor Candidate while ignoring Mr. Singh (who has demonstrated he understands urban development). No problem here listening but like it's got to be worth listening to. More importantly, what they have to say has to be their OWN ideas and passion not folks pushing a slate agenda. Herndon is not a stepping stone for partisan interests and having del Agulelevate our council members Wolf, Olem and Merkel as his UTUBE cheerleaders is/was a degrading display !
CriticalVoter April 18, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Non Partisan Voter, you simply choose to see conspiracy in shadows, you have selected to listen selectively and not objectively, to swallow the bait laid out by your fellow conspiracy theorists. You have an opinion, not fact. I see facts: that Mr. Singh has not attracted broad support from residents of the Town, as evidenced by his donations. I see that Mr. Kirby, Mr. Boll and Mr. Tirrell are soliciting donations but also have not received significant support from a large number of residents. I don't see anything at all from Mr. Davidson or Mr. Waddell. I see that Ms. Olem has received money from another Democratic campaign. I see that Mr. Webster and Ms. Wolf have received money from relatives. I see that Ms. Hutchinson has received no money. Let's see what sort of fiction we can all spin from that......bedtime story soon.
Non Partisan Voter April 18, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Critical - I see facts you swallow shadows. I provide the facts and references and you poke at folks and or spout generalities. I've revealed what the candidates report and supporters from FCDC boast yet again it must be a conspiracy. My wish is to see Mr. Singh as Mayor of Herndon and see how the group of you conspiracy artists paint him as a racist. I am anxious to watch him treat Grace Wolf and Shelia Olem with the disdain they show during council sessions. I don't think the "hand picked" Jonas and Boll as a Poster Child for FCDC will get elected and have the leverage to give our Town away to developers.
Non Partisan Voter April 18, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Oh yeah......sweet dreams this story is closing
CriticalVoter April 18, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Non Partisan Voter, perhaps you should read candidates' websites and take a drive past Delegate Tom Rust's yard and see yard signs and endorsements for Bill Tirrell, Dave Kirby, David Webster, Melissa Jonas and Grace Wolf. Surely Delegate Rust must be part of your so-called conspiracy to elect "a slate of "hand picked" candidates by the Chairman of Fairfax County Democrat Party." Snort. As for Mr. Singh, he is the only mayoral candidate who is not endorsed by any of the regional elected officials that also serve the Town. Perhaps they too share the majority of Council's disdain for his personal ineffectiveness during his two years on Council. Having no support from the Delegate, the Senator, the Supervisor or the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors that serve Herndon makes Mr. Singh the least effective candidate to serve the needs of the Town, inmho.
Don Joy April 18, 2012 at 01:34 PM
We know what the town of Herndon is saying: White males are inferior, and need not apply.
Rich Fredricks April 18, 2012 at 02:00 PM
I too will support a Bocce Court, so long as the open container laws are amended to allow us to enjoy a little vino!
Barbara Glakas April 18, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Dear Non Partisan Voter, The $1 that Vice Mayor Merkel conributed to herself is a reflection of her testing her Paypal button.Everything is not a conspiracy.
Non Partisan Voter April 18, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Interesting if it were a "fee" it's an expense not reflected on her disclosure. fYI, It was not just any person gloating on UTUBE that the FCDC "hand picked" candidates then contribute thousands to their campaigns. If Vice Mayor Merkel does not know how to fill out a financial campaign disclosure Form she vioted for how can she pay attention to a Down Town Master Plan ? Good grief, it's simple accounting process showing she expended $1.00 to receive $1.00. Seems it would have been Les Zidel's job since he is writing her checks.
Ann H Csonka April 19, 2012 at 08:14 AM
No wonder other people are not participating in this discussion -- it is not a discussion when at least one conspiracy theorist makes up stuff constantly and repeats it over and over. What a shame. PATCH is supposed to be an opportunity for real discussion in teh community. Perhaps on another thread.
Valerie April 23, 2012 at 11:16 AM
CV and NPV are quite obnoxious. I usually skip right over the drivel that comes from them. It would be great if everyone ignored them and speak to the issues.
Don Joy April 24, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Wow, I am here now to say that sometimes raising a ruckus actually gets results, apparently. This past Saturday, I attended a "meet-and-greet" with a bunch of the candidates, and I did not mince words about the anti-white male "diversity" garbage on the town's police dept./public safety section of the website. I very bluntly told each candidate who expressed any kind of support for affirmative action that I would not vote for them, and if they started up with the Marxist word games(trying to pretend that "diversity" means anything other than what it really means: pushing out heterosexual white males) and/or pretended not to know exactly what I was talking about, I just basically called b.s. on them. We went into a tiny bit of depth as far as recent court cases in hiring policies, testing for promotions in fire departments, university admissions, what discrimination on the basis of race and so forth really means, etc. It was quite a contentious session(those who aggressively attacked my position were attendees who are not running for office, however) but I left the event feeling that I had been heard. Now here it is the following Tuesday morning, and I just went to the web page in question--the entire police department main page has been re-written, and there is none of what I pointed out earlier, no language asserting that individual applicants who possess "diversity" as a "superior attribute" are those the department seeks to hire, etc.
Don Joy April 24, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Of course, I cannot be absolutely certain that my complaining/arguing in person at that meet-and-greet event with the candidates is what led to the website being re-written...but...
Bob Bruhns April 29, 2012 at 02:14 PM
HCTV is rebroadcasting the Chamber-HCTV Candidate Forum right now - Ch 28 on FIOS, and Ch23 on Cox.


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