Dear Friends and Neighbors:
As a result of some unexpected challenges, we have a vacancy in the office of Mayor that will be filled by a special election on February 7th of 2017.
In giving a great deal of thought as to how I can best serve this community and after strong encouragement from many in the community, I believe that the next avenue of service for me is in the office of Mayor. As a result, I’m announcing my candidacy for Mayor of the City of Fairfax and I ask for your support in this journey.
Navigating our way through these unique times will take a steady and experienced hand. Leading the City of Fairfax takes a focused, hardworking leader who understands not only where we have been, but more importantly, where we need to go in the future. I believe that I have the qualifications and experience to lead us there.
We are facing a number of important issues that require leadership and focus including:
· High-density redevelopment
· Preservation of the residential character of our neighborhoods
· Traffic Congestion
· Vacant Commercial Buildings
· Economic Development
· Increasing Tax Rates
There are an unprecedented number of redevelopment projects that will impact the City for the next several years. In considering the options placed before the City Council, it is imperative to give thoughtful consideration as to how our decisions will impact our quality of life today as well as the long term viability of our community. Size, scale and traffic impacts matter. My careful deliberations come from a “measure twice, cut once” philosophy that aims to avoid costly and unforeseen consequences to proposals that can be very appealing on their face.
Traffic congestion continues to be a big problem. It is imperative for us to evaluate options to mitigate current traffic concerns while analyzing the impact of both approved and potential redevelopment projects.
It is essential to inform and engage the community in the decision process of these important issues through out reach meetings, public hearings and other communications.
I believe you have chosen to live and invest in the City of Fairfax for a reason. It is a unique place with a special sense of community and I want to protect our distinctive community. I look forward to discussing the important issues facing our community such as high-density redevelopment, the increasing tax rate, the overall cost to live in the city, and traffic congestion.
During the next several months, I hope you will reach out to me with questions, concerns and suggestions about the priorities facing the City of Fairfax. I feel confident that with hard work and an engaged community, we can move the City forward in a positive and prosperous direction. I ask for your support in this special election as I commit to a new level of community service as your Mayor. Please vote Tuesday, February 7, 2017 for Ellie Schmidt for Mayor.