Prince William’s safety and economy is at stake if we don’t find meaningful solutions to traffic congestion. After years of talk but no action by elected officials, I brought fixing the Occoquan bottleneck back to the forefront. The result: state funding for an auxiliary southbound general purpose lane. I’ve also delivered $11 million for Old Bridge Road and enhanced commuter lot safety. Current and future efforts will focus on long-term relief for I-95, congestion relief on Davis Ford Road, and making transit an accessible and affordable option for more Prince William residents.
As a Supervisor and as Chair of the Potomac Rappahannock Transportation Commission, I get fairly frequent complaints about the condition of commuter lots…everything from frustrating traffic pathways inside of the lots to inadequate shelters, lack of capacity, problems with ADA parking, inadequate signage and no comprehensive source for lot availability, daily capacity, etc. Therefore, I initiated a tour of all the I-95 Corridor lots with a purpose of finding ways to improve the commuter experience. On the tour were representatives from VDOT, PWC DOT, PRTC/OmniRide, PWC Police and my office. Since the 2019, I-95 Corridor Study includes an analysis of commuter lots, I submitted our list of recommended improvements for consideration to the Commonwealth Transportation Board’s I-95 Corridor Study. Some improvements in the 123/Old Bridge Lot and the Horner Lot have already been realized. My plan for more improvements will be coming out soon.
I supported the building of a new elementary school and major classroom additions to three schools in our District. This, combined with increased funding for eastern Prince William Schools, led to the elimination of 22 trailers at Prince William elementary schools for this school year. I strongly support more transparent data collection and analysis to better predict school capacity and save taxpayer dollars, and initiated the Joint Committee for Capital between Prince William County School and the Board of Supervisors.
I have supported a teacher pay raise every year of my term. We need our excellent, experienced teachers to be able to afford to teach and live in Prince William County. My future work would focus on continuing these investments and expanding workforce development program opportunities for students who plan to choose a non-college track after graduation.
I’m proud to have kept real estate tax rates virtually flat during my term, and fought against multiple tax increases on Prince William businesses. I’m also proud to have helped secure the largest economic development project in 10 years for our District with the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Hub expansion on Minnieville Road.
I’m focused on improving job and business growth in eastern Prince William which has included getting an Economic Development staff position focused on the east end of the County. I have also supported funding and reforms to our county agencies to help small businesses. My future work will focus on how the county can do more to keep new businesses open. We need to bring more jobs home for our residents!
As a nurse and former non-profit leader who focused on responding to community medical emergencies, I am constantly looking for ways to streamline access points and communication for those in crisis who need county services.
During my term I supported increased Community Service Board staff, successfully pushed for the overnight homeless shelter to be open year round, and advocated for a coordinated entry system with one phone number for accessing housing crisis resources. I also recently sponsored a board initiative to extend a pilot program to reduce recidivism among female inmates.
Future efforts will focus on workforce training, mental health services and other ways to help people of all age groups become self-sustaining whenever possible.
I make it my business to get as much information out to our residents as is possible. We have done this through postal and email newsletters, an open-door office schedule, social media and by community meetings, hosting of 40 such meetings during my term. I will continue to find ways to increase communication and interaction with our residents. In addition, I believe in ongoing, consistent audits of our agencies and partners to ensure the local government is as productive, efficient and effective as it can possibly be while keeping expenses focused on what government was formed to do.
As a former Air Force officer, I believe one of the highest callings one can have is putting your life on the line in service to our communities. Our law enforcement officers and first responders should be able to afford to live in Prince William County. As Supervisor, I am proud to have supported over $10 million in significant pay increases for our first responders.
I’m a mother and grandmother, and still remember the wonderful times my family had playing ball, seeing nature on the walking trails and games of tag on the playground. Securing more public green space for Prince William County means healthier families, cleaner and safer communities, and attractive amenities for businesses. We can protect the world around us while still being smart stewards of our taxpayer dollars.
As Supervisor I started an annual cleanup of Old Bridge Road every Columbus Day, secured land for three new parks (two of which will be built with support from private funds). And, in addition, in 2021-2022, a 50+ acre park will come online along Davis Ford Road. I also successfully prevented severe pollution of the Occoquan Reservoir by getting debris removed after the significant rainfall caused erosion and debris flow during 2018.
The Occoquan Greenway is a future 12+ mile trail that will stretch from the McCoart Government Center to the Town of Occoquan. During the last four years we have made significant progress, with several miles ready for hikers. We need to finish the trail in the next four years…a big, but attainable goal!
The Occoquan District has very few ball fields for soccer, softball and other sports compared to other districts in Prince William. I am currently working with PWC Parks, Recreation and Tourism to plan for additional ball fields. I know rowing is another important sport to my district – we are in a unique position to increase the resources to support rowing, and I intend to lead the way