Buzz Hawley Officially Kicks-Off Campaign for Fairfax County Supervisor
Congressman Tom Davis, others Attend and Show Support for Hawley's Candidacy
Falls Church, VA - Surrounded by supporters, distinguished citizens and local elected officials, Buzz Hawley officially kicked off his campaign today for election to the Mason District seat on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Hawley, a long-time resident of Annandale and community activist, spoke about his platform and priorities if elected to serve Mason residents on the Board of Supervisors.
"For too many years, Mason District residents have watched their tax bills skyrocket and they've gotten little in return from their Supervisors," said Hawley. "The current Board has failed to be responsive to the everyday needs of families in Mason District. These young families, retirees, and hard-working taxpayers deserve better."
Hawley called for strict controls over tax dollars and a strengthening of the County's Auditor's Office. In addition, Hawley said he would seek changes to the reporting structure for the Office of the Auditor and require direct accountability to the Board of Supervisors.
"The County's spending is out of control. Since 2000, Fairfax's budget has increased seven times the rate of inflation and taxes have increased an average 38 percent. And, the current Board of Supervisors offers no solutions; they just play the blame game with Richmond. Instead of excuses, I offer leadership and a no-frills, commonsense approach to our ballooning budget," said Hawley.
"There is a leadership void on the Board of Supervisors and it shows up at every taxpayer's doorstep year after year in the form of higher and higher tax bills," said Virginia's 11th District Congressman Tom Davis. "Buzz Hawley will fill that void and be a strong leader for Mason District and the County."
"Buzz's background and experience will be an asset to the Board," said Congressman Frank Wolf. "He will look out for taxpayers and bring responsive leadership and accountability to the Board of Supervisors."
Hawley emphasized the need for sensible land-use policies and sound decision-making with regard to development, zoning practices and transportation in the County. Citing his lengthy experience as former President of the Sleepy Hollow Woods Civic Association and Chairman of the Mason District Council of Civic Associations, Hawley promised to be more inclusive of local residents' views and ideas when making decisions that impact their neighborhoods.
"Citizens need a voice at the table when important decisions are being made regarding development and zoning in the County. No one is listening to the everyday homeowners and mom-and-pop business owners, and they often get overlooked when it comes to decisions that seriously impact their lives," said Hawley. "It's time to put tax payers first in Fairfax County."
Hawley intends to take this campaign to citizens in every corner of Mason District, going door-to-door and attending civic association and other community meetings.