Delegate Mark Keam - Virginia's 35th House District

Delegate Keam Congratulates Vienna Election Winners


PRESS RELEASE Immediate Release: Thursday, May 4, 2010 Contact:   Rob Abbot, (703) 380-8883

Delegate Mark Keam Congratulates Vienna Mayor and Councilmembers on their Re-Elections

VIENNA — Today, voters in the Town of Vienna exercised their civic duty and elected four candidates to lead the Town for another two years.  All four winners were incumbents who ran for re-election to their current positions.

Delegate Mark Keam (D-Fairfax) congratulates Mayor M. Jane Seeman, Councilmember Laurie Genevro Cole, Councilmember Michael J. Polychrones and Councilmember Edythe Frankel Kelleher on their re-election.

"I want to congratulate the winners and thank them for their tireless service to the Town of Vienna," Delegate Keam said.  "I have enjoyed working closely with every member of the Town Council and I am excited to be able to continue representing the residents of Vienna together with these four leaders as well as with Councilmembers George Lovelace, Laurie DiRocco and Howard Springsteen."

Delegate Keam continued, "I particularly want to thank Mayor Seeman for the generous time she has given to educate me on issues affecting the Town.  As a first-time elected official, I truly appreciate the Mayor's advice and mentoring, which has help me settle into my job as Delegate."

Delegate Keam represents the 35th District in the Virginia House of Delegates, which includes the entire Town of Vienna and portions of surrounding areas of Dunn Loring, Tysons, Oakton, Fairfax and Fair Oaks.

Delegate Keam has made advancing the Town of Vienna's interests in Richmond one of his top legislative priorities.  He introduced the following four bills in this General Assembly session, which were drafted with significant input from the Mayor, Councilmembers and Town Attorney:

1.     HB 1124 would have required increased state payments to localities like Town of Vienna for roads where traffic volumes exceed the statewide average by more than 20 percent.  This bill was tabled in Transportation Committee.

2.     HB 1125 would have authorized localities like Town of Vienna to administratively impound vehicles of drivers who are charged with driving without a license for a second or subsequent time.  Because a similar bill introduced by Delegate Tom Rust and Senator Chap Petersen were enacted into law, HB 1125 was left in Courts Committee.

3.     HB 1126 would have revised the Uniform Statewide Building Code to allow localities like Town of Vienna to maintain grading regulations for construction of single-family homes on small lots.  This bill was left in Courts Committee.

4.     HB 1127 would have limited abusive attorney subpoenas issued to elected or appointed officials to testify on matters involving their public duties.  This bill was left in Courts Committee.

While three of these bills did not advance in this legislative session, Delegate Keam is continuing to seek other ways to address these Town concerns.

Mayor Seeman and the newly re-elected Councilmembers will take the oath of office for their new term at a Town Council meeting in June.

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 To follow Delegate Keam's work in Richmond visit: www.www.markkeam.com; www.twitter.com/DelegateKeam; or www.facebook.com/DelegateKeam

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