reprinted with permission from the Falls Church News-Press
May 8, 2003
Falls Church News-Press
Hawley Begins Supervisor Bid
By Nick Benton
Buzz Hawley, a Republican who has announced his candidacy for the Fairfax Board of Supervisors from the Mason District, visited the offices of the News-Press Monday. Hawley is challenging two-term incumbent Penny Gross, a Democrat. This is his first run for public office.
Hawley is a 1987 graduate of JEB Stuart High School. He graduated from the College of William and Mary and got his law degree from the George Mason University Law School. He has been active in the Bailey Crossroads Rotary Club, Little League, the Sleepy Hollow Woods Civic Association and the Mason District Council of Civil Associations.
Hawley says he wants to develop incentives for small business in the Mason District, noting that Fairfax County’s economic development efforts are often too focused only on attracting major companies. But with the county’s business tax base down 10%, adding additional burden onto home owners, novel approaches to business development need to be tried, he said.
He’s said he’s examining tax incentives, undergrounding of power lines and other ways to directly impact the business community in areas such as Cullmore.
He also wants to cut real estate taxes further than the five-cent cut voted by the Supervisors last month. “We’re spending at seven times the rate of inflation,” he said, “and schools, services and traffic conditions are suffering. We need to get more bang for our buck.”
He said he favors creation of an inspector general position for the county that will have independent authority, including subpoena powers, to investigate efficiencies or the lack thereof in county government. The proposal is designed to have “more teeth” than the current independent auditor post, he said. “We need more focus on the proper delivery of services,” he said. Hawley said he plans to run a grass roots-oriented campaign with a positive message.