Vienna Town Council members Howard Springsteen and Tara Bloch announced at the Council’s Jan. 28 meeting that they will be seeking new two-year terms in the May 7 election.
Springsteen, first elected to the Council in 2009 by a razor-thin margin of two votes, said he hopes to “keep Vienna going in the right direction.” Bloch, who initially joined the Council in 2015, said she has been “honored and privileged to serve the town.”
The Council will have at least one new person on board when the newly elected members’ terms begin July 1. Council member Carey Sienicki announced Jan. 7 that she would step down after eight years on the body.
This year’s election will be competitive. Two potential candidates were circulating signature petitions at the Jan. 28 meeting and more contenders may be waiting in the wings.
Public interest in – and displeasure with – the town government increased last year with the Council’s approval of a controversial mixed-use redevelopment project at Nutley Street, S.W., and Maple Ave., W., which received additional density under the Maple Avenue Commercial (MAC) ordinance.
The Council subsequently suspended the MAC (except for two applications submitted under the deadline) until mid-June in hopes of revamping the ordinance more to residents’ liking.