“Encourage A Culture Of Respect”: Interview With Phyllis Randall

Phyllis Randall Democratic candidate
Phyllis Randall: Clear policy ideas and a commitment to “facilitate consensus” on the Loudoun Board.

After a decade of unprecedented growth, Loudoun County faces a new phase of changes and opportunities. Phyllis Randall believes it’s time for fresh leadership, and a new tone of openness and ethics in county government.

The Democratic Party nominee for chair of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors (BOS), Randall has a twenty-year history of volunteer service in roles of increasing responsibility, including her current position as vice chair of the Virginia Board of Corrections. Throughout her time in public service, Randall has also maintained a career in the mental health field, which she intends to put on hold if elected to the Loudoun BOS.

In a recent interview with FirewallNOVA, Randall set forth a clear policy agenda regarding education, development, attracting businesses, and the need to revisit the county’s Comprehensive Plan. On education, for instance, she’s committed to increasing science/math/technology and vocational instruction, and establishing a more cooperative relationship between the BOS and the School Board. She has specific ideas about the Loudoun Gateway and Ashurn Station Metro developments. She wants to improve the transportation grid to make the county more business-friendly (a proposal echoed the other day in Reston with regard to the Silver Line).

In the area of politics, Randall takes exception to the idea that Sterling’s Eugene Delgaudio is attracting Democrats to vote for him.

Moreover, beyond politics and policy, Phyllis Randall thinks it’s time to put a new “face” on Loudoun County. The current chair, Scott York (whom we interviewed earlier this week) has held the office since 2001. Randall wants to apply her own leadership experience to make the government more open, and “build a respectful relationship that honors the job we have been elected to do for the citizens of the county.”

FWN: For Loudoun residents who don’t know about you: I think of you as a “moderate” Democrat. Is that true, and what does it mean?

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Silver Line Means Work, Play, But Not Live in Reston for Millennials

Silver Line, Reston

While the Silver Line is having an impact on how younger workers get to Reston, it is not necessarily expected to attract them to live in Reston. Metro officials say people are taking public transportation both to Reston and from Reston to other workplaces in Arlington, Tysons Corner and D.C.

“The population of millennials in Reston has actually dropped. We are seeing growth in Reston in people in their 40s and 50s and retirees.”

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The Silver Line And Other Tall Tales

Spring Hill Metro station
The Spring Hill station in Tysons Corner is one of the five where speakers must be reinstalled
 
Add another sad irony to the legacy of that mythical public works project known as “Dulles Metrorail.”

History buffs may recall how, instead of opening as planned in the summer of 2013, that was when would-be commuters learned the Silver Line would be delayed until “late winter” which, technically, came and went yesterday.

And so it was yesterday that the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) announced that multiple problems had arisen which now make it impossible even to estimate a completion date for the project.

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You’ll Be Dead Before The Silver Line Can Improve Your Life

Wiehle Avenue metro station
Opening of the Wiehle Avenue station of the Silver Line has likely been delayed until summer of 2014

Or: If a rail line no one will ride doesn’t run, is it news?

One minor news item the past week was this notice from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) that their review of the Silver Line Phase 1 Substantial Completion Submission from the Bechtel-led Dulles Transit Partners (DTP) had “determined the contractor has not yet met the contract requirements for substantial completion.” As a result, the Silver Line will not be running anytime soon.

This garnered a few mentions in the news, minor discussion, no brouhaha. Because, honestly, who cares? (Er, apart from Toll Road drivers who won’t ride the Silver Line but will foot much of the bill.)

A more instructive story was this bit of deceptively understated analysis by the Post’s Dr. Gridlock which laid out how the Silver Line will be hampered, to put it mildly, by systemic limitations. At peak performance, the Silver Line will deliver a decidedly suboptimal experience:

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