|Penny Gross and Rep. Gerry Connolly speak to supporters.|
Mason Supervisor Penny Gross can win on Election Day if “we can get out the vote and remind everyone her opponent is a Republican,” Rep. Gerry Connolly told a crowd of supporters at a “Pancakes with Penny” fundraiser Oct. 19 in Annandale.
Connolly, a former chair of the Board of Supervisors, lauded Gross for helping Fairfax County become a national model in environmental policy. “As chairman of the Environmental Committee, she has really taken Fairfax to a new level,” he said.
Gross, a Democrat seeking a sixth term on the Board of Supervisors, told the audience one of her top priorities during the next year will be updating the county’s environmental plan, which was adopted 11 years ago.
Education, the economy, and the environment are her top priorities. With school board member Sandy Evans at her side, Gross said she and Evans have been working on a concept for a new school in the Willston area. “It’s very important that supervisors and school board members work well together and we have.”
While it’s great working on policy issues on the Board of Supervisors, Gross said helping constituents with problems is critical. “It’s what we do every day for people in the community – that’s what gets my juices going; that’s what gives me energy.”
What’s needed is “a positive approach to life,” Gross said. “There are a lot of people who will tear you down. Being negative is not my style.”