“Accomplishments: Promises Kept” John Foust Campaign Kick-Off Speech 2-26-11 I know everyone here is wondering- is John going to run for re-election. Let me end the suspense. Yes, I am running for re-election and I am proudly running on my record. When I ran for Supervisor in 2007, I made several promises to you. I am proud of the fact that, to the extent I possibly could, I have kept those promises. When I ran, I laid out plans for addressing • Transportation • Land use and growth • Education and youth • Environment and parks • Taxes and the budget, and • Making government more open and responsive. We have maintained a list of accomplishments that runs for 20 pages- on legal size paper. I’m proud of each and everyone of those accomplishmentsfrom the smallest to the most significant. I am going to mention highlights of my accomplishments in each of those areas in just a moment. But before I do, I want to tell you about what I think my greatest accomplishment has been. In large measure, it was accomplished in the 2 months between the time I was elected and the time I 1
took office. When I look back over the past several years, the smartest and best thing I did was hiring the staff I hired and making some of the appointments I made. • Jane Edmondson • Julie Ide • Dianne Peikin • Jennifer Boysko • Donna Keefe • Ben Wiles • Cheryl Patten • Wes Callender • Joe Gibson • Jay Donahue- Planning Commissioner (Hanley- make or break you) So let me tell you about some of the things Team Foust has accomplished.
Environment and Parks • County’s first tree conservation ordinance o Advocated for 5 years on EQAC • 4 synthetic turf fields with more on the way, including 2 at Herndon High School • 2008 park bond (many projects in Dranesville) • Dedicated funding source for stormwater and stream restoration projects- critical for improving the Bay • Expanded McLean Central Park and Turner Farm Park • Board adopted plan for reducing carbon pollutants contributing to global warming
Transportation • Obtained funding for over 2 dozen sidewalk, bicycle and trail projects • Led the effort to include completion of Route 7 widening from Tysons to Loudoun in the Tysons Plan and to obtain funding for engineering • Long sought after traffic lights at Riverbend Road and at Seneca Road, both on Georgetown Pike • Important road improvements including turn lanes and access ramps • Board adopted tax on commercial and industrial property to pay for about $50 million per year of transportation improvements in the County. • Obtained funding and had studies completed for road improvements at 12 intersections in McLean area near Tysons Corner.
Housing and Human Services • Working with the Board and non-profits we have preserved and expanded essential human services in a very tough economy • Adopted Housing First Policy to address homelessness • Adopted Housing Blueprint focusing Fairfax County housing resources on the most needed members of our community including homeless, disabled and those with lowest income • Adopted Housing Foreclosure Policy that provided counseling and financial assistance to those facing foreclosure
Land Use and Zoning • After 5 years of study, completed the Tysons Comprehensive Plan o Worked with community and got support o Transit oriented development o Vibrant urban center for living, shopping, working, being entertained o Fundamentally important to economic development in our county and region o Won the American Planning Association’s most prestigious award • CIT /Route 28 Comprehensive Plan o Worked with Loudoun and Herndon o Transit oriented development • McLean revitalization o Pedestrian task force o Undergrounding of utilities 4
• Worked to preserve character of existing neighborhoods from in-fill development o Adopted ordinance that limits the towering effect of new in-fill development o Impacts of HOT Lanes and Dulles Rail are a challenge o Noise wall on Beltway o Noise walls on Connector Road o Sound box over rail yard at West Falls Church • Capital improvement projects including o Great Falls Fire Station o McLean Dolly Madison Library o Herndon Fire Station
Schools and Education • We listened to priorities of constituents and protected important programs from elimination • Restored funding for county services to schools (SRO’s) • Fought successful fight to protect state funding for Fairfax County (LCI) • Did financial analysis that convinced Board not to support Gatehouse II • Supported creation of fund to repay VRS
Taxes and Budget • Tough 3 years • Focused on fiscal responsibility and economic development • Budget o Vice Chairman of Budget Committee o Since great recession Cut $180 million in General Fund spending Eliminated nearly 500 positions Despite dramatically increased demands for county services, average homeowner is paying less property tax today than 3 years ago Have worked hard on making government operate more effectively and efficiently Unlike many jurisdictions around the country, we made dramatic fiscal improvements without making draconian cuts to essential public safety, education, and human services. • Audit Committee o Chairman of Board’s Audit Committee o Monitoring how money is spent o Looking for efficiencies o Have increased revenue and decreased costs o Leading regular review of Dulles Rail cost and schedule • Economic Development o Chairman of approximately 50 member Fairfax County Economic Development Commission o On March 8, the Commission will present a proposed strategic plan for strengthening and diversifying the County’s economy 6
Making Government More Open and Responsive • Constituent services-critical o Snowmageddon Staff worked 24/7 Solved immediate problems Followed up and improved VDOT’s system • Promised to make sure residents had an opportunity to influence decisions that affected their communities before the decisions were made and I have delivered. o Budget o Tysons Comp Plan o Route 7 widening at Georgetown Pike. Protected residents of Great Falls and historical character of Georgetown Pike by stopping plans to create a huge and unnecessary interchange at Georgetown Pike o Riverbend light o Synthetic turf fields • Improved the working relationship between the County and the Town of Herndon Conclusion We are moving in a very positive direction in Fairfax County and the Dranesville district We have a tough year ahead of us and I need your help With your continued support, our team will get another 4 years to keep Fairfax moving forward. Thank you.