Meet the Council Member Candidates

This year’s Vienna Election is a bit more exciting than most in that seven candidates are running for the three open Council Member seats.  The Election is Tuesday May 19 6AM – 7PM at the Community Center, for those who have not already mailed in absentee ballots.

Responding to our request, here are statements from each of the Council Member candidates.

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Ray Brill

Vienna has been our home since 2005.   We love the small town friendliness.

I seek to serve on Town Council to solve pressing issues including the aftermath of the pandemic. My corporate, congressional, legal, community and church  leadership experiences are ideally suited to deal with these issues using practical, common-sense solutions.  I have been a corporate CEO, Chairman of Board of a Salvation Army Chapter, Pastor and Scoutmaster.

I graduated from the Air Force Academy, served as pilot, earned MBA /UCLA, JD/Florida, MDiv/VA Theological Seminary.  See BrillForVienna.com

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Chuck Anderson

These are extraordinary times; however, the qualities for town council needed today are quite ordinary.  They are:  experience, judgement, compassion and commitment.

Chuck Anderson has those qualities.  Chuck is a long-time citizen organizer and advocate for appropriately-scaled development in Vienna.  A former member and chair of the Planning Commission, Chuck has served on a number of other boards and civic associations in Vienna, and has been active in church and scouts.

Chuck has led the fight against excessive development on Maple Avenue, including Marco Polo, 380 Maple and the Sunrise assisted living proposal.  He has lived in Vienna since 1997.  Chuck is also a co-founder and principal with Capital Trade, Incorporated, recognized as a premier consulting firm in the area of international economics.  He is a graduate of Williams College and Oxford University.  For more information, visit: chuckforvienna.com

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David Patariu

I am a practicing attorney, a Vienna dad with three young children, a parishioner at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, a planning commissioner for the Town, and an advocate for residents.

I support stopping the $250k residential and commercial zoning code rewrite and using that money to fund basic services and public health during the pandemic.

Learn more at www.fvfc2020.org and vote absentee, safely from home, using reason code 2A—request a ballot at vote.virginia.gov before May 12.

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Andrea Dahl

I’m running for Town Council because I believe that I can make a positive impact.  As a resident of Northeast Vienna for 22 years and an energetic mom who’s first to volunteer for everything, I’m out in our community on a daily basis watching, listening, and interacting with town residents.

With 20 years corporate experience, I have a reputation of being able to build consensus to get things done. In everything I do, it’s always my mission to come up with creative ways to do things better, for less money, while having fun.

Preserving our parks, trees, and green space is one of my top priorities; but until we put this pandemic behind us, my immediate priority is the health, safety, and well-being of the residents and small businesses in our town.

For additional information visit http://andreaforvienna.org and fvfc2020.org

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Ed Somers

“As a non-partisan professional advocate for cities of all sizes, over the past 30 years I have fought for and learned from mayors and local-elected officials from across the country. I want to bring that experience to the Vienna Town Council.

“If elected, I will prioritize making Vienna safer for all who drive, walk, bike or run – as I have done as Chair of the Town’s Transportation Safety Commission.”

Facebook.com/edforvienna      edforvienna.com

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Roy Baldwin

I have been a homeowner in Vienna for more than 40 years and have served on various Town boards and committees for more than 16 years – both longer than any other candidate.

I am currently Chair of the Board of Architectural Review, which has given me significant insight into how to encourage re-development along Maple Avenue without buildings that are too tall, too close to the street, and too densely packed.

To recover from the COVID-19 pandemic the new Town Council will have to work closely with our friends in County and State government, such as Del. Mark Keam, State Sen. Chap Petersen, and County Board Member (for the Hunter Mill District) Walter Alcorn, all of whom have sent messages of support for my candidacy.

For more information, please visit my website, www.roybaldwin.net, and my Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/roybaldwinforvienna.   My email address is Roy@RoyBaldwin.net.

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Chris Wright

I’m running for Town Council of Vienna because I believe that a fresh perspective from a business executive with school aged children would be good for Vienna.

Given the current pandemic, we have to prioritize safety and basic services first. Additionally, we need to support our local businesses that are so vital to Vienna’s charm.  I have been budget focused in business for the last 20 years in good times and bad to ensure that every dollar is best spent. This is exactly the challenge the new Town Council faces given the economic downturn caused by COVID-19. This requires pragmatism, out of the box thinking, and bringing best practices from other cities and towns to Vienna.

I want to spend more time on council figuring out how we CAN do things to improve our town rather than coming up with reasons why we can’t.

For additional information visit chriswrightforcouncil.com/ and fvfc2020.org