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Mount Vernon: Crowd Fills Candidate Forum

Mount Vernon Gazette

Tim Peterson

Without an incumbent running for Mount Vernon District supervisor, the candidates meet and greet event at the Sherwood Regional Library was understandably crowded. Republican Jane Gandee is running against Democratic primary winner Dan Storck to replace longtime supervisor Gerry Hyland (D-Mount Vernon), who announced he would not seek re-election last year.

The League of Women Voters hosted the debate on Sept. 16; it’s one of numerous such events taking place across the Fairfax County leading up to the November election.

Each candidate was given several minutes for opening statements, then each had about a minute to respond to questions submitted by the audience. Some questions were directed at specific candidates, not giving their opponent a chance to respond, while others elicited a response from both candidates.

On the supervisor side, Gandee touted her business acumen as owner of a ServiceMaster National Capital Restoration franchise, as well as her community leadership: serving on the Rising Hope Mission Church board and as vice president of the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce.

Storck has served several terms as Mount Vernon School Board representative, but also highlighted his own medical service business.

To replace Storck on the School Board, Karen Corbett Sanders, a former vice president at Verizon and Parent-Teacher Student Association president for West Potomac High School, is facing W. Anthony Stacy, who works for Booz Allen Hamilton and served as chief of staff for The Nature Conservancy’s philanthropy department.

In light of the meeting two days earlier of the Fairfax County ad hoc commission to review police policies, several of the questions for the supervisor candidates dealt with the death of Natasha McKenna and whether there should be independent civilian oversight for the police and sheriff’s departments.

“I think we have to make significant changes,” Storck said. “I’m committed to whatever the task force recommends, but I haven’t decided about an oversight board yet. I have no objection, but I want to see the task force response first.”

Gandee and Storck both attended the commission’s public forum at Walt Whitman Middle School, where protesters demanded justice for McKenna, the 37-year-old woman who died in February after she was forced into shackles and tasered four times by Sheriff’s deputies in an attempt to transport her to Alexandria police.

“It was probably three of the most difficult hours of my life,” Gandee said, referring to the forum. “It was distressing, there was some confusion and blame placed on the Board of Supervisors, while she was with the Sheriff’s department.”

The School Board candidates each fielded a number of questions about the $100 million projected budget shortfall the school system is facing, the recent addition of gender identity to school nondiscrimination policy and changes to the Family Life Education curriculum.

“Reading, writing and arithmetic should always be at the core of what children learn,” Stacy said. He added he doesn’t think there is “social engineering” at the core of Family Life Education and “parents should have the option to opt out.”

Corbett Sanders responded that the Family Life Education curriculum is “very full and there’s an opportunity for parents to read it before it’s taught — if they’re not comfortable then they can opt out.” Sanders commented on her Catholic faith, saying that it doesn’t compel her to “dictate to others.”

For both alleviating the financial crisis with Fairfax County Public Schools and improving transit along the Route 1 corridor, all four candidates agreed on the need to bring more businesses to the area, develop private partnerships with the schools and seek more money from the state of Virginia.

After the question-and-answer session was over, residents had a chance to meet with candidates one on one.

“I thought they did very well,” said John Tolleris of Mount Vernon. “I was impressed with all the candidates.”

Allyson Carter is president of the Walt Whitman Middle School parent teacher association and recently moved to the Mount Vernon area. “I enjoyed the opportunity to hear them speak, it was very beneficial,” she said. “My impressions were they were very well prepared, with a lot of knowledge and experience.”

Dan Storck Kicks Off Campaign for Mount Vernon District Supervisor

Adam Ebbin, Dan Storck, Joana Garcia, Karen Corbett Sanders
Adam Ebbin, Dan Storck, Joana Garcia, Karen Corbett Sanders

Storck gathered with supporters at Hallowing Point Pavilion in Mason Neck.

Patch.com

Mary Ann Barton

Dan Storck kicked off his campaign last weekend to represent the Mount Vernon District on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, according to his campaign.

Storck gathered with supporters at Hallowing Point Pavilion in Mason Neck.

The campaign thanked the following people for helping with the campaign kick-off: Anne and Linwood Gorham, Tim and Barbara Rizer, Kimberly and John Kern, Christine and Christopher Morin, Kim and John Pionzio, Diana and Jim York, Missy and Keith Salisbury, and Carol Corso and Kim Winnard

Campaign Kickoff at Mason Neck

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend and support this weekend’s past kickoff event. It was a fun event at Hallowing Point Pavilion in Mason Neck. A special thank you as well to our host committee whose efforts were vital to the success of the event: Anne and Linwood Gorham, Tim and Barbara Rizer, Kimberly and John Kern, Christine and Christopher Morin, Kim and John Pionzio, Diana and Jim York, Missy and Keith Salisbury, and Carol Corso and Kim Winnard.

If you have any photos from the event that you’d like to share, please email the campaign at info@danstorck.org.

Lorton and Mount Vernon: Bennett Joins Former Opponent Storck’s Supervisor Campaign

Mount Vernon Gazette

Tim Peterson

She didn’t beat him and now she’s joining him. Nearly two months since Dan Storck won the Democratic primary election for Mount Vernon District supervisor, his campaign announced former opposing candidate Candice Bennett has joined up as the Storck team’s director of communications.

Storck, who represents Mount Vernon on the Fairfax County school board, is running to fill the seat being left by supervisor Gerry Hyland (D-Mount Vernon), who has said he will be retiring after serving since 1988.

“I am joining Dan’s campaign because I believe that as supervisor, Dan will work on the issues that are most important to our district,” Bennett said in a statement, “including empowering our seniors to age in place, revitalizing the historic Route 1 corridor and increasing educational opportunities by fully funding our schools.”

Bennett is based in Lorton, where she runs a multiple-industry research and consulting firm.

In a statement, Storck said Bennett “brings an important voice and perspective to our communications.”

“It was a hard-fought primary and I think it shows our district that the Democratic Party is united to win this race in November,” he added.

Debate Set for Candidates for Mount Vernon District Supervisor Seat

Republican Jane Gandee to debate Democrat Daniel Storck. Winner in November will represent area on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

Lorton Patch

Mary Ann Barton

Mount Vernon District Supervisor candidates Dan Storck and Jane Gandee will debate the issues Sept. 16 at Sherwood Regional Library.

The debate is set for Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. and is sponsored by the League of Women Voters. The library is located at 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane.

Gandee, a Republican, has raised $52,988 ($33,323 from the candidate and $9,937 from her company, ServiceMaster); Storck, a Democrat, has raised $115,079 ($92,510 from the candidate).

In other campaign news, the Dan Storck for Supervisor campaign announced today that former Democratic candidate Candice Bennett has joined the campaign as director of Communications.

The seat is currently held by Gerry Hyland, a Democrat who is retiring after serving on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors 1988. The Mount Vernon district includes Lorton, Belvoir, Newington and Huntington.

“I am joining Dan’s campaign because I believe that as supervisor, Dan will work on the issues that are most important to our district, including empowering our seniors to age in place, revitalizing the historic Route 1 corridor and increasing educational opportunities by fully funding our schools,” said Candice Bennett. “During the primary I had the chance to get to know Dan and I know he will carry on Supervisor Hyland’s legacy. ”

A successful small business owner, Bennett has operated a research and consulting firm based in Lorton for more than 10 years that provides high-level strategy to a wide range of clients in a variety of industries, including consumer electronics, financial services, academia, hospitality, industry associations and professional membership organizations. Prior to starting her firm, Bennett was a director at Penn, Schoen and Berland, a Democratic polling firm in Washington, D.C., where she worked with a wide range of clients, including the Democratic National Committee and Tim Kaine for Lieutenant Governor.

“I’m thrilled that Candice has joined our campaign as she brings an important voice and perspective to our communications,” said Storck. “It was a hard-fought primary, and I think it shows our district that the Democratic Party is united to win this race in November. I look forward to working with her.”

Dan Storck won the Democratic Primary on June 9. He has lived with his wife and children in the Mount Vernon District of Fairfax County for more than 25 years. He has served the community as a successful healthcare entrepreneur, the president of three non-profit community development organizations, a youth coach and for the past 12 years, representing the Mount Vernon District on the Fairfax County School Board.

Mount Vernon: Not Willing To Wait

Elected officials and candidates discuss Bus Rapid Transit and Metro expansion timetables.

Mount Vernon Gazette

Tim Peterson

From left: Supervisor Gerry Hyland (D), candidate for Mount Vernon supervisor Dan Storck, candidate for 44th District delegate Paul Krizek and candidate for 36th District senate seat and Del. Scott Surovell (D-44).
From left: Supervisor Gerry Hyland (D), candidate for Mount Vernon supervisor Dan Storck, candidate for 44th District delegate Paul Krizek and candidate for 36th District senate seat and Del. Scott Surovell (D-44).

Waiting at least 11 years for implementing a Bus Rapid Transit system along the Route 1 corridor and 25 years to extend the Metrorail Yellow Line to Hybla Valley is too much time. That was the sentiment expressed by four Democrats who met July 21 at the entrance to the Huntington Yellow Line Metrorail stop.

Del. Scott Surovell (D-44) recapped the November 2014 conclusion of a $2 million Route 1 Multimodal Study that analyzed options for relieving crippling traffic throughout the major roadway. The analysis resulted in a four-phase proposal including widening Route 1 to six lanes, adding a Bus Rapid Transit program and extending the Yellow Line.

The plan “is hampered by the current timetable,” said Surovell, who is also a candidate for the 36th District state senate seat.

“This is a quality of life issue for those living in Mount Vernon, Prince William and Stafford,” Surovell continued. “People waited decades for a blueprint and this recommendation finally provides a vision for the future of our community. We can’t afford to wait 25 years to fully implement it.”

Paul Krizek, who is currently running unopposed for Surovell’s 44th District delegate seat, said of Mount Vernon, “With Fort Belvoir employing more people than the Pentagon and limited transit options, commuters and residents face some of the worst traffic in Northern Virginia.”

“We’ve been patiently waiting for our opportunity here,” he added. “We’re no longer that sleepy bedroom community.”

Mount Vernon School Board member Dan Storck, who won the Democratic primary for Mount Vernon district supervisor, said, “The key part is to get our fair share down here. We need a public commitment now. It simply can’t wait. The expansion of our public transit system and widening Route 1 creates jobs and new opportunities for all of Fairfax County, especially our residents along the Route 1 corridor.”

Outgoing District Supervisor Gerry Hyland (D-Mount Vernon) momentarily lightened the tone of the press conference, referring to the bicycle racks near where the men were standing. “These are three candidates who don’t soft-pedal on the issues.”

More seriously, Hyland commented on Route 1 traffic that is “completely deadlocked” and that “moving the timetable up is absolutely necessary for the future of Mount Vernon and Lee Districts.”

Surovell believes it would be feasible to implement Bus Rapid Transit throughout the corridor within 10 years and to have Metro in 15 years. This would require rapid work to modify the county’s Comprehensive Plan and, more importantly, getting creative about funding sources.

Some of the delegate’s ideas include pushing the project to the “head of the line” in Virginia’s $300 million transportation fund, the Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board, the Federal Transit Administration’s “New Start” program, local government and the United States Army.

Fort Belvoir, Surovell said, “needs to step up and help fund the demand they’re creating.”

Dumfries Mayor Jerry Foreman is a Republican running against Surovell for the 36th District Senate seat.

“Residents and business owners that drive and work along the Route 1 corridor are tired of funding studies and want to see results with construction and congestion relief,” he said in an email. “That’s why I have been a leading voice in support of HB-2 (Funding the Right Transportation Projects), HB-599 (Transportation – Long Range Planning) and HB-2313 (Transportation – Revenues and Appropriations) and of a cohesive, regional approach to improving the Route 1 corridor, and a supporter of high-speed commuter trains to ease traffic congestion. As a commissioner on both the Northern Virginia Regional Commission and the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, I understand transportation is a regional matter.”

Jane Gandee is Storck’s Republican opponent for Mount Vernon district supervisor.

In an email, she said, “A business owner said to me today: ‘Just drive to Fairfax and see utilities are underground, intersections and medians are beautifully landscaped and maintained. Why has Mount Vernon District been left behind? Why does our district have the most antiquated-looking road system in the entire county?”

Gandee agreed with the Democrats, that she’s not for “waiting another 10, 20 or 40 years to get us the transportation infrastructure needed for economic development.”

On the topic of bus rapid transit, she added, “It makes more sense to add the bus lanes now and take advantage of the growth of Fort Belvoir to expand economic development for our Mount Vernon business community. We should be planning for hotels, restaurants, tech business and all the support services needed by Fort Belvoir. It makes no sense to me to start construction of Bus Rapid Transit lanes at the Beltway and work south when road construction is happening now in the southern part of Richmond Highway.”

Future action being taken at the county level, Hyland said, is a 14-person transportation task force focused on Route 1 set to meet in August. The task force is made up of citizens, planning commissioners, a representative from the Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation, among others.

“Then the board would have something to base a decision on,” Hyland said.

A summary of the of the Route 1 Multimodal Study is available online at www.drpt.virginia.gov/media/1556/route-1-executive-brief-february-2015.pdf.

Officials Reiterate Need for Timeline Speedup

Mount Vernon Voice

Steve Hunt

2040.

Twenty-five years to wait for a two-stop extension of the Yellow Line south along Richmond Highway to Beacon Hill and Hybla Valley?

That’s the estimated completion date as it stands today — and that doesn’t sit well with Del. Scott Surovell (D-44th) who, with state Sen. Toddy Puller (D-36th) secured funding for the Route 1 Multi-Modal Transit Study for Route 1 which calls for bus rapid transit along the corridor and Metro rail extension later.

“We’re basically saying that’s ridiculous,” Surovell told the Voice prior to a joint press conference Tuesday morning at the Huntington Metro Station with Mount Vernon Supervisor Gerry Hyland, Dan Storck, candidate for Mount Vernon supervisor and Paul Krizek, candidate for the 44th District House seat.

Surovell added that Fairfax County has endorsed the study recommendations; however, the board has also urged officials to expedite the construction of the extension of the Yellow Line.

Last October, Surovell and Hyland, as members of the executive steering committee of the Route 1 Multimodal Alternatives Analysis, signed a resolution in support of the plan which includes widening the highway from four to six lanes where necessary, creating a continuous facility for pedestrians and bicyclists along the 15-mile corridor and implementing a median-running bus rapid transit system from Huntington to Route 123 in Woodbridge and a 3-mile Metrorail Yellow Line extension from Huntington to Hybla Valley “as expeditiously as possible.”

To facilitate the expedition of the Yellow Line extension, in May the board of supervisors initiated Embark Richmond Highway made up of Mount Vernon planning commissioner Earl Flanagan, Lee planning commissioner James Migliaccio, and members of the Mount Vernon and Lee districts, including members of the Southeast Development Corporation board of directors, to act as an advisory group.

Surovell said they will use the committee’s recommendations, expected to be issued this fall, as a catalyst to get decision makers to speed up the timetable.

Speaking at the news conference, Surovell said when he was first running for state delegate six years ago, he promised that improving Richmond Highway would be his top priority.

With the final report issued earlier this year, Surovell described it as a blueprint for the Richmond Highway corridor for the next 30 years which should be used to take advantage of the corridor’s attributes, such as being among the highest elevation places in the county and describing it as “prime real estate” only seven miles from Washington, DC, and the gateway to Virginia.

Population growth is coming to northern Virginia and Surovell said the question is whether new residents will live on former farm fields in Stafford and Fauquier counties, or in places such as the Richmond Highway corridor with increased density and mass transit.

Krizek, who grew up in Mount Vernon and recalls when it was a sleepy, bedroom community where people commuted into Washington, DC, to work.

Today, he says, “folks are coming to Mount Vernon for jobs,” citing the fact that more people now work at Fort Belvoir than at the Pentagon.

“It’s time,” he said, noting that Mount Vernon and Lee residents have been waiting patiently for decades for significant investment in the corridor. “People cannot wait another 20 or 30 years.”

Storck said that public investment in infrastructure begets private investment and the time has come to make that public investment in the Richmond Highway corridor.

He noted that investment has been made in other areas in the county and northern Virginia such as Tysons Corner, Alexandria and Arlington.

“Now it’s our turn,” Storck said, promising to be “a fighter to get our fair share that’s long overdue.”

Hyland, who is not running for office, said he will be a “candidate” in support of Surovell, Storck and Krizek as they “carry the ball forward” in the months and years to come.

Hyland, as Mount Vernon supervisor for 28 years, knows that traffic is deadlocked on the corridor and transit solutions desperately needed today.

Moving the timetable forward is “absolutely essential” and the money necessary for it is justified, he said.

According to the executive brief issued in February, the timeline calls for a four-phase approach to implementation.

The bus rapid transit system, roadway widening, and pedestrian/bicycle facilities will be implemented during the first three phases through 2032, with the Metrorail extension in the 2040 timeframe.

The recommended projects would require funding from a wide range of sources including local, regional, state and federal funds, with the total cost for the first three phases — bus rapid transit all the way from Huntington to Woodbridge.

The Metrorail Phase IV is estimated to cost $1.46 billion.

Surovell believes by seeking out funding now from those variety of sources, including the U.S. Army which, through Base Realignment and Closure action, has brought tens of thousands more employees to the post, its possible to have the Metro line extension completed in 15 years, not 25.

“It can be done a whole lot faster than what’s been suggested,” Surovell said. “A whole lot faster.”

Dan Storck Wins Mount Vernon District Supervisor Democratic Primary

Storck will face Republican Jane Gandee in fall election.

Mary Ann Barton

It appears that Dan Storck has won the Democratic primary in the Mount Vernon District Board of Supervisors race, according to final tallies from the state Board of Elections Web site.

Storck has represented the area on the Fairfax County School Board. Unofficial results show that he garnered 2,616 votes; his closest competitor in the race was Timothy Sargeant who came in with 2,437 votes.

Storck took 67 absentee votes; Sargeant took 82.

Vying for the seat, after the announced retirement of longtime Supervisor Gerry Hyland, were:

  • Daniel G. “Dan” Storck
  • Candice L. Bennett
  • Timothy J. Sargeant
  • John R. “Jack” Dobbyn, Jr.

Sargeant sits on the Fairfax County Planning Commissioner and Storck currently serves on the Fairfax County School Board.

Hyland, a Democrat who has held the seat since 1988, announced his retirement earlier this year from the county board of supervisors.

The Mt. Vernon District includes Lorton, Belvoir, Newington and Gunston.

Check back with Patch after the polls close.

Fairfax County Supervisor Gross fights off challenger in Democratic primary

Washington Post

Antonio Olivo

Longtime Fairfax County Superviser Penelope A. Gross (D-Mason) fought off a spirited challenger in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, while county school board member Dan Storck beat out three other candidates for the nomination to succeed retiring Supervisor Gerald L. Hyland (D-Mount Vernon).

With all results in, Gross, 71, secured 56 percent of the 5,095 votes cast, according to unofficial results. Her challenger, Jessica Swanson, 31, got 44 percent.

Gross, who is running for a sixth term, raised more than twice as much money overall for the campaign as Swanson, a D.C. public schools administrator.

But in the last quarter, Swanson outraised Gross nearly four to one, mostly due to a large donation from Leadership for Educational Equity, a Washington-based nonprofit organization that helps teachers and other educators run for public office.

She used the money to hammer Gross for her support of a redevelopment plan in the Seven Corners area of the district that local residents worry will create too much housing density and traffic while displacing low-income immigrants.

Swanson also criticized Gross for supporting county budgets that fell short of what Fairfax school officials say they need to meet growing demands in the school system of 187,000 students.

Gross characterized Swanson as a political neophyte who represented outsider interests more than local community concerns. She also trumpeted her success in bringing three new schools to the district during her 19 years in office.

Gross’s victory was closer than she initially expected.

“I’m trying to take a deep breath,” she said after the results were in. “I’m thrilled to win. I think we proved that the high-road campaign that I always try to run carried the day and people in the Mason District realized they have a good supervisor with a lot of experience who told the truth.”

Gross will face independent Mollie Loefler, 45, in the November general election.

In the Mount Vernon district, Storck, 61, won 44 percent of the 5,698 votes cast, according to unofficial results. His closest competitor, county planning commissioner Tim Sargeant, grabbed 40 percent of the vote.

Storck focused his campaign on bringing new development to the district’s busy Route 1 corridor, alleviating traffic along that thoroughfare and creating more workforce housing in the district.

He said he believes his call for more support for Fairfax schools resonated with the district’s voters.

“I think people recognize our schools are in need of better support,” he said, vowing to push for more funding from the county if he wins in the November general election. “When you’re funding schools at 2008 levels and your kids who are coming in are needier than ever before and the state continues to raise your standards, something has got to give. I don’t see how we have an alternative.”

Sargeant and the other losing candidates — county human service council member Jack Dobbyn and local business owner Candice Bennett — focused on similar themes in the district that includes the Fort Belvoir military complex and stretches from Mount Vernon south into Lorton.

Storck will face Republican nominee Jane Gandee in the November general election.

4 Democrats compete in Fairfax’s sometimes divided Mount Vernon district

Washington Post

Antonio Olivo

The Mount Vernon District of Fairfax County is physically divided by the sprawling Fort Belvoir military base, a sort of modern-day Mason-Dixon Line in an area that is sometimes at odds with itself.

To the north and to the south, civic groups function apart from one another, clashing at times over who gets more resources and more desirable development and who has more problems with traffic and other suburban ills.

With Gerald W. Hyland (D), the county supervisor who has represented Mount Vernon for nearly three decades, preparing to retire, four Democrats will compete in a June 9 primary for the chance to represent an area that can feel like two distinct districts.

The candidates all say that they want to unite Mount Vernon and boost quality of life for all residents. But they have different ideas for how to do it.

Local business owner Candice Bennett calls for workforce housing. County Human Services Council member Jack Dobbyn says he wants high-density development that will draw sought-after retail. Fairfax County School Board member Daniel G. Storck (Mount Vernon) talks about bringing health-care workers to live near two major hospitals. And Planning Commissioner Tim Sargeant says the unevenly developed Route 1 corridor must be improved — but not remade into a poor imitation of Reston or Tysons Corner.

At political forums in recent weeks, the candidates agreed with residents who complained of deteriorating sewer lines and other infrastructure, troubled schools and a sense that the district was falling behind other parts of the county.

“Fairfax County is on the rise; it’s growing,” Dobbyn, 33, said. “But it feels like we’re in the shade somehow. We need to take the shade off of Mount Vernon and move forward together.”

Hyland has represented Mount Vernon since 1988, ushering in improvements that include plans for a $188- million mixed-income development on the site of the former Lorton prison.

During that time, the district in southeastern Fairfax has changed from a quiet community with breathtaking views of the Potomac River and historic tourist attractions — including George Washington’s estate — to a fast-growing area of 127,000 residents beset by unevenly performing schools, clogged roads and pockets of poverty.

The district stretches south from Alexandria into Lorton. Its voters have consistently backed Democratic candidates — including President Obama during both of his presidential campaigns — and the winner of the upcoming primary will have that advantage in November’s general election against Republican nominee Jane Gandee.

Hyland has not endorsed any of the candidates and did not respond to requests for comment on the election. Civic groups say that the area’s complex needs require a strong leader to fill his shoes.

“There’s a huge divide in this district,” said Nick Firth, president of the South County Federation, a Lorton-based group of homeowners and civic associations. “One big question for the next person is: ‘How are you going to handle the relationship between the two parts?’”

Bennett and Sargeant live in the district’s southern section. Dobbyn and Storck are residents of the north. All four candidates said they want balanced development and vowed to focus more on Route 1, which straddles the Mount Vernon and Lee districts and is the area’s main commercial corridor — and another source of divide. While recently opened shopping centers on the Lee side thrum with activity, the aging businesses and car title loan companies on the Mount Vernon side are far less appealing for residents.

A massive road-widening project near Fort Belvoir is supposed to eventually ease congestion along Route 1 and open up new development opportunities. There is a plan to build 329 apartments and 144 townhouses on 33 acres lining the highway, which has sparked a debate over affordable housing and density in the area — already home to three trailer-park communities and to schools that have among the county’s highest proportions of students on free and reduced-price lunches, an indicator of poverty.

Holly Dougherty, executive director of the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce, said local businesses worry about an over-concentration of poverty without enough resources or jobs to serve low-income residents.

“We all feel the need to help people,” Dougherty said. “But you get to a point where you’re not helping people when you’re putting them into schools that are failing or areas where there is no employment.”

Sargeant, 60, says his 13 years as a county planning commissioner will help him bring new energy to the area. “We’re not going to be Tysons or going to be Reston,” Sargeant said. “It will be our version of that kind of new development for the future of the Route 1 corridor.”

Storck, 61, who co-founded a Washington-based health group that offers holistic care to patients, said he wants to market new housing to people who work at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital and the new Fort Belvoir Community Hospital for military veterans.

“There’s an opportunity to attract people with those skills,” Storck said. “These are underutilized, underdeveloped assets of Mount Vernon.”

Bennett, 39, said she wants to create more workforce housing for teachers, firefighters and police officers. “They need to live close to where they work, but how do they do that on their salaries?” said Bennett, who owns a marketing research company for businesses and nonprofit groups.

Dobbyn — who owns a social media marketing company for real estate agents — said he supports higher density development to lure restaurants and retail stores that voters say they want. “That’s what they’re looking for: population density,” Dobbyn said about new businesses. “People who have money to buy their products.”

But in some of Fairfax County’s oldest neighborhoods, such talk brings additional worries. Sabrina Campbell, who lives near Washington’s estate, said the aging sewer lines in her neighborhood are becoming overburdened, leading to floods outside her house during heavy rains.

“A lot of the infrastructure that we have is severely lacking and behind,” Campbell said during a recent candidates’ forum.

Storck said that voters are upset by signs of disrepair in the area. “There’s a lot of pride in Mount Vernon, and people see with their own eyes how it’s changing,” he said.

Gale McBrien, who recently moved back to her home in a leafy neighborhood after years of living in Mexico, said she was surprised by the levels of poverty in some portions of Mount Vernon and the hulking McMansions that have been erected in other parts.

“This is not the same community I left,” McBrien said one recent day after Bennett knocked on her door in search of a vote. “So much has changed.”