Bond Referendum Citizen Committee Appoints Co-Chairs


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
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Sept. 10, 2004

 

Bond Referendum Citizen Committee Appoints Co-Chairs

 

The 2004 Bond Referendum Citizen Committee elected as co-chairs at-large representative Greg Werkheiser and Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce representative Nichole Jackson at the first meeting of the committee on Aug. 31. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors created the citizen committee in June to inform the public about bond referendum issues. The 2004 Bond Referendum Citizen Committee is comprised of 13 members. The Board of Supervisors appoints one member from each district and one representative each from the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, the League of Women Voters and the Federation of Citizens Association.

Fairfax County voters will be asked to vote yes or no on four individual bond questions in the Nov. 2 general election. The ballot will include separate questions for human services, libraries, parks and park facilities, and transportation bonds. The human services bond question asks voters to allow the county to borrow $32.5 million for construction, renovation and capital renewal of mental health and juvenile court facilities. The library bond question asks voters to allow the county to borrow $52.5 million to build two new library branches and renovate four branches. The park bond question asks voters to allow the county to borrow $75 million for use by the Fairfax County Park Authority and the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority to acquire land, renovate existing facilities and develop new facilities. The transportation bond question asks voters to allow the county to borrow $165 million to fund the county’s share of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s capital program and the county’s four-year transportation plan.

Werkheiser said he is honored to serve as co-chair of the 2004 Bond Referendum Citizen Committee. He said he will use this opportunity to raise public awareness about important needs in the community, to lead the committee’s outreach to Fairfax County residents and to provide information enabling citizens to make informed choices on bonding questions. “Giving the Board of Supervisors authority to issue bonds is such an important decision that it is being put to individual voters this November. I look forward to talking with my neighbors in Fairfax County about the libraries, parks, transportation and human services issues on the ballot,” said Werkheiser.

Werkheiser, a resident of Springfield, is an attorney with the law firm of Womble Carlyle Sandridge and Rice, PLLC. He is a longtime civic leader who founded the Virginia Citizenship Institute, a bipartisan civic education organization for young Virginians. He now serves as vice chair of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia, and chairs the Virginia Governor’s Commission for National and Community Service, which administers AmeriCorps in Virginia and promotes civic service statewide.

Jackson said, “I want to say how truly honored I am to have been selected to co-chair the bond referendum citizen committee.” A resident of Fairfax County, Jackson is the chamber’s manager of Government Affairs. She currently serves as the chamber’s liaison and lobbyist before the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and other local governing bodies across Northern Virginia. In addition, she manages the Women’s Business Council, a chamber initiative, created to increase the participation and development of women executives as leaders in business, and the Northern Virginia Hospitality Council, which works to promote the interests of the region’s hospitality industry.

A complete list of committee assignments and information about the bond referendum is available from the Office of Public Affairs. Call 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935, or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/opa/bond.


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