Editor: May 7 will mark my 39th opportunity to vote in a Vienna Town Council election. In my mind, the choice this year boils down to one issue: the too-large, too-dense development at 444 Maple Avenue, W., that the Town Council approved on a 5-2 vote last fall.
Incumbent Tara Bloch voted for it, so she does not have my vote. Nor does newcomer Julie Hays, because she has stated she would have voted for it, despite some misgivings.
Of the remaining four candidates, one (incumbent Howard Springsteen) voted against it, so he has my vote. That leaves two seats left to fill.
Nisha Patel and Steven Potter have each stated that they would have voted against it. I have spoken with both of them at length about this and other Maple Avenue Commercial Zone (“MAC”) issues and am confident that both will, if elected, approach the coming task of revising the MAC ordinance in a thoughtful and reasonable manner, while safeguarding us from another development of the inappropriate size and density of 444 Maple Avenue, W.
Tim Strike has also said he would have voted against it, but he has adopted such a strident anti-development position that I cannot support him.
On May 7, therefore, I intend to vote for Springsteen, Patel and Potter.
Roy Baldwin, Vienna