|Loeffler launches her campaign at the Willston Center.|
“I am running for Mason District Supervisor as an independent candidate because I am confident we can build a better future for everyone if we put partisan politics aside and come together to address our district’s challenges,” Loeffler said in launching her campaign April 6. “I will listen to and partner with the residents of Mason District to create a vibrant, strong community where everyone can be proud to live.”
Loeffler is the immediate past chair of the Mason District Council of Community Associations, immediate past president of the Parklawn Civic Association, and was named 2010 Fairfax County Citizen of the Year by the Fairfax Federation of Citizens Associations. [It also should be noted that Loeffler has been the advertising manager for the Annandale Blog.]
Loeffler believes her experience in identifying critical issues and engaging local residents to work for change makes her well-suited to challenge long-time Mason Supervisor Penny Gross. Another candidate, Jessica Swanson, is running against Gross in the Democratic primary on June 9.
Loeffler made her announcement with a crowd of supporters in front of the Willston Multicultural Center in Seven Corners. The center is a source of ongoing tension as members of the immediate community are urging Fairfax County government officials to return the Willston property to Fairfax County Public Schools as a solution to severe school overcrowding. As chair of the Mason District Council, Loeffler has been working with PTAs and community organizations to make that happen.
The Willston Center and the area around Seven Corners are also symbolic of the decades of decline in many parts of Mason District that Loeffler seeks to reverse. “As your supervisor, I will partner with all Mason District residents to ensure you have a voice in revitalizing your neighborhoods,” she said. “Mason District land use decisions must be planned together to advance our quality of life at home, at work, and on the roads.”
“Mason District is due for a new vision and a change in leadership. I will bring consensus building, accountability, and fresh perspective to the process,” Loeffler vowed.
Among the pressing issues she intends to focus on are schools and redevelopment. Mason District schools have become profoundly overcrowded, and the school system requires land to build new schools, Loeffler said. “The Fairfax County school system’s reputation is at risk. We can do better for Mason District children.”
In the past 20 years Mason District has been passed over for economic development and transportation improvements, she said.
“While neighboring districts enjoy creative new town centers and economic growth, Mason District seems to be falling behind in all categories,” Loeffler observes. “Our goal with revitalization must be to improve the quality of life for our residents. It must include responsible use of our resources and smart spending.”