Issues

Transportation

Our transportation system is in need of a comprehensive and innovative approach to reduce commute times and improve our air quality. Combining technological innovations with increased infrastructure completion and an expanded public transportation system, we can alleviate daily congestion, reduce work commute times, and improve the air we breathe, thereby improving the quality of life for all residents.

Public Education

Our region is fortunate to have one of the top school systems in the country; an accolade that doesn’t happen by accident. As we move with purpose and intention to maintain and strengthen our public education system, we need to ensure we recruit and retain top teachers by offering competitive salaries, allocating necessary school resources, and providing avenues for innovation. Fairfax County Public Schools can and should be a leader in reducing our carbon footprint and other environmental initiatives. Finally, we need to focus on more accurate and comprehensive capital planning and population forecasting to address classroom size and necessary facilities. FCPS should not have more students in trailers than are in the entire Richmond Public School system.

Environment

We have the opportunity to provide a model for how a community can move toward a zero carbon footprint. Reducing dependence on fossil fuels, creating alternative energy sourcing, ensuring the highest standards for air and water quality, and managing our waste in an environmentally conscious way are all critical. Maintaining our green spaces is an essential element to improving quality of life and health.

Social Services

Building community begins with the people. It is essential that we, as one of the wealthiest counties in the nation, ensure no one is left behind or cast aside. Securing proportionate funding for domestic violence shelters, transition assistance programs, community support systems for our veterans and military families, access to healthcare and treatment programs, and a county-wide network ensures that we truly live the One Fairfax vision.

Affordable Housing

We are at a critical juncture and must ensure our workforce and residents have access to affordable housing (defined as housing not to exceed 30% of income) within the county. Creating SMART housing solutions will help us to ensure all of our residents are able to live, work, play—and stay— in our community. Our educators, first responders, active duty and military veterans, young families and elderly deserve affordable housing in our community; and we must be better prepared to accommodate those in dire need.

Economy & Jobs

Fairfax County’s proximity to the nation’s capital, several military installations, and a well educated, motivated workforce makes our county one of the most desirable destinations for businesses. It is important to build on this by developing public-private partnerships that help businesses and the community to thrive. While we should continue to attract businesses to our communities in order to maintain our low unemployment rate, we should also promote business development from within our community – like the growing number of veteran-owned, women-owned, and minority-owned small businesses in Fairfax County. We have the opportunity to increase prosperity for both businesses and the diverse workforce who supports them. Finally, we must encourage the business community to engage in our environmental, transportation, housing and education needs to fulfill the One Fairfax concept.