Penny Gross, who’s represented the Mason District on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors since 1996, announced her candidacy for a sixth term Feb. 15.
Speaking at her annual Champagne & Chocolates fundraiser, Gross said, “Commitment and experience and integrity are the watchwords for me,” and will run again because, “I want to continue to serve the community and continue to bring leadership and a commonsense approach” to Mason District and the BoS.
She later told the Annandale Blog that a community school would “combine county services and school services in one location” in Mason District. A group of local residents has been pushing for the creation of a community school at the Willston Center in Seven Corners, but Gross is not tied to that site. “We don’t have a specific location at the present time,” she said. “We have a long way to go.”
During her speech, she recounted some of her accomplishments over the past 19 years, including three new schools in Mason – Glasgow Middle School, Mason Crest Elementary School, and Bailey’s Upper Elementary School, which is the first vertical school in the county – and the renovation of the district’s three libraries. The newly renovated Woodrow Wilson Library will open March 21.
Fire Station #10 in Bailey’s Crossroads was rebuilt after its roof caved in during a snowstorm in 2010, she said, and the Jefferson Fire Station on Hodge Road in Falls Church is scheduled to be renovated in the next couple of years.
“We need to make sure we have the resources for our students to ensure they will succeed,” Gross told the crowd, which included Rep. Gerry Connolly, Sheriff Stacy Kincaid, and school board member Sandy Evans. “We need to keep our schools as a priority; we need to make sure our senior citizens are well cared for, that people who need help get help, and that our environment is protected.” Gross is vice chair of the BoS and serves on the board’s Environment Committee.
Gross does not yet have an opponent; an announcement is expected within the next few days.