Q&A with Mount Vernon District Supervisor Candidate Dan Storck
Editor's Note: Due to the recent receipt of responses to this Q&A, we have followed up with another candidate for Supervisor and will run that profile as soon as available, as well as provide a link to an already published candidate profile. Reminder that more early voting locations have opened as of Oct. 26.
Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck is running for his third four-year term on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Storck is seeking reelection based on his list of accomplishments and his desire to continue implementing the community’s vision. He has been endorsed by fellow Democrats, including Congressman Don Beyer, Congressman Gerry Connolly, Virginia State Senate Scott Surovell, Virginia State Delegates Paul Krizek and Mark Sickles, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Jeff McKay, and Fairfax County School Board Member Karen Corbett Sanders.
Storck provided answers to questions about his campaign to On the MoVe.
Q. You’ve entered your eighth year of serving on the board of supervisors — a role that requires a lot of time and dedication. What is your motivation for pursuing another term?
My journey on the Board of Supervisors over the past eight years has been driven by a deep-rooted dedication to our community—from Huntington to Lorton. I bring a voice of experience, thousands of community connections and a proven track record for getting things done in the District; the other candidates have none of this. My motivation stems from my values and decades of experience working with you. I will continue fully investing in our children, education and public safety; revitalizing Lorton and Richmond Highway; implementing a BRT system to relieve congestion and extend Metro; supporting and empowering our seniors to remain independent in their homes; requiring smart, green land use policies and development; and growing more jobs.
As a decades-long business entrepreneur, leader of community non-profit organizations, 12-year school board member, Audit Committee founder, three-term school board chairman and now two-term Supervisor and its Audit Committee and Environment Committee Chairman, I have more than three decades of living in and service to our community. I look forward to continuing to be a leader and a strong advocate for you, helping you and our communities reach their full potential and delivering on the needs of the Mount Vernon District.
Q. What will be your top priorities for your next term, if elected?
- Continuing my decades-long record of fully investing in our children and education
- Keeping our county the safest of its size by far in the United States and continuing our major safety investments in Police, Fire/EMT and emergency services
- Securing the remaining funding and implementing the Richmond Highway BRT system to relieve congestion and extend Metro
- Increasing all housing options, for individuals - to starter families - to seniors, so all can remain independent and thrive in their homes
- Improving on our smart, green land use policies and development
- Maintaining our very vibrant community, major job opportunity increases and employment options
Q. What are some of the top challenges you see around the Mount Vernon District/Richmond Highway Corridor, and how do you plan to address them in the next four years?
Creating a widened, revitalized Richmond Highway Corridor with thriving, vibrant businesses to complement our surrounding successful communities during the Corridor’s soon to begin years of transportation-related demolition, construction and completion through my and my team's experienced oversight, monitoring and known relationships.
Continue the leadership my team and I have demonstrated in the revitalization of Lorton with its new fire stations, police station, animal shelter, parks, community center, library and much more and to complete the former landfills’ renewals and our community-driven planning for its next stage, Lorton Visioning 2040.
Securing a substantially greater return from Virginia of our income tax dollars through direct percentage returns or improved Northern Virginia funding formulas with substantially increased state funding for education, health and transportation by increased advocacy, education and relationship-building with state elected officials.
Q. What are the most important personality traits needed for serving as a Supervisor, and which one has made you most successful?
I have been a thoughtful, balanced, listening leader, relationship builder and team developer who values each person and public engagement in all that I do. That personal commitment, work ethic and quality relationships with others is why I have been consistently asked to lead in all of the public, non-profit and for-profit organizations with which I have been affiliated. I am energized to lead on your behalf for another four years to get even more things done.
Q. Why should people consider living in Mount Vernon District as opposed to other parts of Fairfax County?
The Mount Vernon District has many successful new and historic neighborhoods, very sought after for their location, schools, transportation options, urban and natural landscapes, recreational opportunities and many family-friendly quality-of-life amenities. They are all identifiable places, becoming destinations for new residents for their livability and vitality.
Q. Anything else you’d like to share?
Leadership is about having a positive vision for our community, listening carefully to the many voices on any issue, searching for common threads that can be connected, strengthening those threads, building relationships and consensus, and then working together to get things done. It takes positive patience, persistence and a deep, caring, long-term commitment to the diversity of individuals and families who live, learn, work, play and age in our community. That has been my commitment to our community for 35 years.