In between bringing members up to speed about the Greater Merrifield Business Association’s recent accomplishments and future initiatives, leaders of the group on Feb. 13 paid tribute to the efforts of Supervisor Linda Smyth (D-Providence).
Smyth will step down at the end of the year after serving four four-year terms on the Board of Supervisors. She previously had been a civic activist and member of the Fairfax County Planning Commission when she first ran for the board in 2003.
Phillip Niedzielski-Eichner, who is among at least four candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to succeed Smyth, said he was impressed with her powers of discernment and emphasis on quality.
Smyth said it had been a pleasure and privilege to represent Providence District and that she always had considered Merrifield to be the heart of her district. She exhorted those present to continue to advance the area’s fortunes.
“Keep up the good work,” she said. “It doesn’t stop just because somebody retires. It’s up to all of us to keep Merrifield going.”