Dave’s Positions on Issues Facing Falls Church

Responsible Growth

Falls Church is a unique, charming oasis in the DC Metro Area.  Without a doubt, one of the keys challenges facing our community today is how to maintain the unique character of our Little City, while also keeping it economically viable.  As a  commercial real estate and land use attorney, Dave  has played a key role in a number of high-profile redevelopment projects, primarily in Arlington, that have brought substantial economic success, while preserving community integrity.  His road map for Falls Church includes utilizing these successful models for Smart Growth here.

World Class Schools

Falls Church City is known for its top notch schools.  The high quality education that we provide to our youngest citizens is something we can all be proud of.  However, our facilities are aging, and our schools have become increasingly crowded.  Finding ways to maintain and enhance the quality of our school system while staying within our financial means is one of the top challenges facing our community today.

With three children in the public school system and a wife that works there, Dave is committed to City school excellence.

Inclusive Government

Falls Church is fortunate to have a very highly educated citizenry.  Nevertheless, it is important that our local government provide its stakeholders with access to information and the means to influence public policy.

As Mayor, Dave has taken steps to increase transparency and invite citizen participation in local government by instituting and promoting walking tours, open houses, community forums, and town halls.

Dave also understands the importance of regional cooperation to a small jurisdiction like Falls Church.  Conflicts with our larger neighbors, like the water litigation with Fairfax County are counter-productive.  As mayor, Dave organized the first ever joint meetings between the Falls Church City Council and the Arlington County Board and later with the Vienna Town Council.  He also serves as Vice President of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Corporation, the regional body comprised of local governments throughout the Washington, D.C. area.

Taxes

Dave believes that Falls Church currently depends too heavily on residential taxes.  If Falls Church is to remain economically viable and independent, a more balanced tax base is required.  In the past several years, Falls Church has taken steps towards addressing this imbalance by promoting more commercial development.

In the meantime, Dave is committed to ensuring the lowest possible tax rate for the citizens of Falls Church while maintaining a high quality school system and City services.  He has supported flat tax budgets the past two years.

Maintaining Our Quality of Life

Falls Church is a unique and special community.  We have great schools, charming neighborhoods, and big-city amenities in a small town setting.  Dave is committed to preserving the small town charm that got Falls Church ranked 17th best small town in the U.S. by Livability.com.