By RCA President Colin Mills

It’s election season again!
 No, I’m not talking about the seemingly endless parade of Congressional
and gubernatorial primaries.  I’m talking
about the RCA elections.  The RCA
elections open on Saturday, and I’m once again encouraging you all to take a
few minutes to cast your vote. 
You can help determine who will be standing up for Reston’s citizens on issues
from the future of our libraries to the revisions to our Master Plan to
ensuring that the Silver Line is built in a way that doesn’t overburden
Toll Road users
is a particularly important year to cast your vote.  As I’ve noted before, I’m
stepping down as president
, and longtime Board members Terry
Maynard and Dick Rogers
are retiring to focus on planning and
transportation issues.  RCA will have a
new president and a number of new Board members (including the three
new Board members
we added in February). 
There’s new blood and the possibility of a new direction for RCA;
casting your vote will give you a voice in shaping that new direction.
For the third year in a row,
we’re holding our voting online to make it as easy as possible to cast your
vote.  You can vote from the comfort of your home or office, or at the
Starbucks, whenever it’s convenient for you: on your lunch hour, in the morning
before work, or in the middle of the night. 
made an additional change this year to make it easier for you to vote.  For as long as I’ve been on the Board, the
RCA has held its elections in July.  This
is because we used to hold the vote at the Reston Festival.  Now that the Festival is defunct and we’ve
gone to online voting, we realize that July is a tough time for people to vote:
a lot of folks are on vacation, and those that aren’t might not be paying close
attention to community issues in the dead of summer.  By moving the elections back to June, before
school lets out and before vacations start, we’re hoping to see a jump in
always, the voting process is simplicity itself: Just go to the RCA website, and there will be a link on
the left side of the page labeled “Click here to VOTE”,  When
you click it, you’ll be taken to a page containing information about how to
vote, as well as short bios of all the candidates. On that page, you’ll be able
to click a link that takes you to the ballot.  Verify your residency, vote
for your preferred candidates, click “Done” and your vote is
always, the elections are a team effort, and as always, I’m grateful to the
Board members who have rolled up their sleeves and made it happen. 
tech master, Gary Walker, is once again handling the nuts-and-bolts work needed
to make the election happen.  He designed and tested the ballot,
transferred all of the candidate information into web pages, and is in the
process of getting the election information up on our website.  Gary’s in
a very busy time personally and professionally, but he’s coming through when we
need him to put the IT side of the election together.
Election Committee (Gary, Tammi Petrine, John Hanley, Annmarie Swope, Joe
Leighton, and George Kain) also deserve a lot of credit.  They collected election
information, recruited candidates, produced and distributed our call for
candidates, and publicized the election.  It’s a thankless job, but our
Election Committee is once again proving up to the task.
back to the call to action.  By casting your vote, you’re expressing your
support for RCA and its efforts. If you benefit from our work in some way,
voting is a great way to encourage us to keep up the good work. 
you want our Reston 20/20
 to keep
fighting to ensure a balanced and sustainable future for Reston, please cast
your vote.  If you appreciate the work our Reston
Accessibility Committee
to make Reston a friendlier and more accessible place for people with
disabilities, please cast your vote.  If you believe that it’s important
to have an independent citizen voice keeping Restonians informed and speaking
up on key issues, please cast your vote.
the next year, our community will once again consider a number of important
issues that will shape our future course. 
The County is now looking at Phase
2 of our Master Plan
revision, and we need to ensure that the changes allow
for reimagining our village centers will protecting our existing neighborhoods
and open space.  The Silver Line will open soon (we think!), and we’ll
soon be seeing the first wave of redevelopment proposals.  We need to make
sure that we balance the growth with protection of our roads, our environment,
and our quality of life.  The future of Baron
Cameron Park
will be decided soon; will it include a new RCC rec center, a
relocated dog park, more field capacity?  RCA will be keeping Reston’s
citizens informed and engaged on all those issues, as well as others that we
can’t foresee yet.
new Board will have a powerful combination of dedicated returning members and
new blood with fresh ideas to move RCA forward.  RCA will continue working
together with other community organizations, taking on new challenges, and
looking for ways to better serve the citizens of Reston.

To my
mind, that kind of community leadership is priceless.  But right now, all it costs is a few minutes
of your time to vote.  Make sure to act fast: the polls open Saturday and
close on June 22nd.  Please go to our website, learn about the candidates,
and cast your ballot.  And thanks for your support!