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Herrity Announces Campaign Manager Lee Jackson

March 4, 2019

Herrity Taps Energetic, Battle-Tested Lieutenant to Run His Campaign

Clifton, Virginia- Today, Fairfax County Supervisor Pat Herrity (Springfield) announced the hiring of campaign manager Lee Jackson.

”Lee comes to us with a vast amount of knowledge regarding local government and political campaigns,” said Pat Herrity. “His experience building grassroots coalitions will allow me to reach more voters than ever before. I am incredibly confident that Lee will ensure I am successful in the 2019 election season.“

“I am extremely excited to join the Herrity team,” said Jackson. “In every corner of Fairfax County, people know that Pat has been front and center in addressing issues such as traffic congestion, pension reform, the opioid epidemic, and the County’s other challenges. It’s easy to see why the Herrity name is so well-known and respected.”

Lee made his first foray into politics in 2013 by winning an election to his local school board. At the age of 19, he beat an entrenched incumbent to represent his home town on the Regional School Unit Board of Directors. Recently, he has served as Youth Director for Ed Gillespie’s campaign for Governor, and as Political Director for Congressman Bruce Poliquin of Maine.

Kidsafe Center Opens in Burke

February 15, 2019

Robin Hill knows something about kids, safety, and preparing for emergencies. The mother of six, and having been foster mom to another forty-seven or so – the “kids” part – Hill and her team run an Allstate-affiliate insurance agency at 5222 Rolling Road in Burke – and that covers the safety and emergency-preparedness bit. On Friday, Feb. 8, she combined both areas of expertise and commitment with the ribbon-cutting that made her agency add “Operation Kidsafe Year-Round Child Safety Center” to the list of what she and the team offer to the community.

Robin Hill knows something about kids, safety, and preparing for emergencies. The mother of six, and having been foster mom to another forty-seven or so – the “kids” part – Hill and her team run an Allstate-affiliate insurance agency at 5222 Rolling Road in Burke – and that covers the safety and emergency-preparedness bit. On Friday, Feb. 8, she combined both areas of expertise and commitment with the ribbon-cutting that made her agency add “Operation Kidsafe Year-Round Child Safety Center” to the list of what she and the team offer to the community.

Effective immediately, Hill and company will be offering a digital photo and fingerprint record service for children and vulnerable adults at no cost to the families.

To read the full story, visit HERE.

Rolling Valley Sign Becomes an Accident Victim

February 6, 2019

The monument sign at Rolling Road and Greeley Boulevard was hit last Friday night, window. Living on the corner of Rolling Road and Greeley Blvd., the accidents they’d heard don’t surprise them anymore, so they went out to investigate. A car had come off Rolling Road and hit the Rolling Valley monument sign, which was letters on a brick structure. “This was the first time anyone has come that far up,” said Bob Erskine.

“That’s the first one that ran into the sign,” added Sue Erskine, who went out with her cell phone camera just as it was getting dark. “The car was embedded in it,” she said.

Supervisor Pat Herrity (R-Springfield) heard about the crash and talked to the police who told him the car that hit the sign had gone through the stop sign on Greeley Boulevard. He does know it’s a challenging intersection, and has backed some measures to make it safer, such as the “painted lines to stop cars from going around,” he said.

To read the full story, visit HERE.

Letter to the Editor: Successful Program Goes Countywide

February 5, 2019

Last year, I heard Supervisor Pat Herrity speak about his efforts to have Fairfax County collect leftover prescription drugs.

Supervisor Herrity fought hard to make this effort a reality in the face of skepticism from others that this program would succeed. As a compromise, the county implemented a pilot program in the West Springfield District Police office.

Fast forward to today and it is clear Supervisor Herrity’s pilot program has succeeded beyond all measure. Residents have turned in over 735 pounds of prescription drugs to be disposed of safely since the program’s inception. Fairfax County is now launching the effort countywide based on the success of this pilot program.

To read the full letter to the editor, visit HERE.

Human Trafficking: Preying on our Children

January 31, 2019

As we close out Human Trafficking Awareness Month, I wanted to share with you an op-ed I recently wrote for the Connection Newspapers that focuses on the heinous crime of Human Trafficking and what Fairfax County is doing to address it.

Human trafficking is a heinous crime and major issue in Northern Virginia. The victims are often children, teens, and young adults who are forced to have sex with as many as 30 customers a day while their trafficker profits. It’s easy to think that this awful exploitation of our most vulnerable citizens wouldn’t be prevalent in one of the richest regions in the country. But the truth is it’s happening in our backyards, and the fight to end it starts with raising awareness to prevent it.

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Sports Tourism Task Force Issues Interim Report

January 17, 2019

On June 6, 2017, the Board of Supervisors approved my motion to create a Sports Tourism Task Force. The Task Force was formed to better understand the potential economic impact of the $10 Billion and growing sports tourism market and how Fairfax County can take advantage of this market in order to diversify its tax base and develop facilities for its residents paid for in whole or in part by sports tourism-generated revenue.

On November 8th, 2018, the Sports Tourism Task Force unanimously approved its first interim report. Many of the recommendations in the report are being implemented and/or studied. I was proud to chair the Task Force. The Report and its many recommendations are the product of a dedicated hardworking team of Task Force members and participants. Sports Tourism is a rapidly growing market nationwide.

To date, it has proven to be recession- proof and has been the driving force behind some economic development and revitalization activities across the country. According to the U.S. Travel Association, more than 20% of all trips taken in the U.S. were for the purpose of attending organized sporting events. The facilities driving sports tourism have been developed in urban, suburban and rural areas.

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