District of the Year 2023

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Next Thursday Zoom meeting:
June 6

Please update your calendar: The Franconia District Democratic Committee meets on Zoom at 7 pm on the first Thursday of the month.  Register here.

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Taste of Springfield Festival
June 8
11 am-5 pm
Springfield Town Center

Volunteer for an hour at the Franconia Dems’ table and enjoy the festivities while you’re there. This is an easy and fun way to become involved! Volunteers needed from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Sign up here

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It’s the BFD 2024! Be there.

Can Franconia Dems repeat as District of the Year? Find out at the Fairfax County Democratic Committee’s Blue Fairfax Dinner on Sunday evening, June 2! The event will be held at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, 7920 Jones Branch Drive, McLean. VIP reception begins at 5:30, general reception at 6. Tickets available here

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Timely information to support workforce housing
on the site of the Franconia Governmental Center

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors (BoS) plans to vote on the land transfer of the Franconia Governmental Center site to the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority department.  If a majority of the Supervisors vote for the land transfer, this allows the property to be studied for the use of affordable housing. Please try to attend the BoS meeting at 3 p.m. May 21 to show your support for affordable housing in Franconia District. The meeting will be held at 12000 Government Center Pkwy, Fairfax, VA 22035.

There is still time to tell the supervisors that affordable housing should be built at the current site of the Franconia Governmental Center.

In advance of the meeting: Write an email to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors using the instructions below.  These emails will become part of the record and will get distributed to each member of the Board of Supervisors before the May 21 meeting.

  • Address your email TO: ClerktotheBOS@fairfaxcounty.gov
  • Use this SUBJECT: Land transfer of the Franconia Government Center site at the May 21 BOS meeting
  • Email the clerk by Monday morning, May 20, so the supervisors will have time to read your email.
  • In your email, ask the Clerk to deliver your message to all supervisors, then put your message of advocacy for housing directly in the email or as an attachment.

For your message of advocacy: some points you may want to include:

  • Affordable housing is a Fairfax County priority. The Board has committed to 10,000 more affordable units by 2034.
  • Using county owned land brings extra savings to an affordable housing project.
  • Providing workforce housing is a crucial part of the county’s economic development plan.
  • This 120 unit proposal is only a drop in the bucket towards meeting the 10,000 goal. But for the people who will live in these 120 units, this will be a life changer.
  • Opponents to affordable housing may be vocal but do not speak for everyone in Franconia. Please do what is in the best interests of the whole County, considering all taxpayers.
  • We ask that the Supervisors stay true to their commitment of affordable housing for all, and support Supervisor Lusk with the redevelopment of the Franconia Government Center into affordable housing.
  • We will support the affordable housing proposals in your district because housing is a human right and people need homes.
  • We are asking you to vote in favor of transferring the site of the current Franconia Governmental Center to the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority.  This site is well suited for workforce housing because it is near transportation, schools, shopping, and many faith communities. We especially need well-sited units for working families including county employees.

Another primary election? Yes, for some of us

Virginia participated in the Super Tuesday presidential primary on March 5, but there are still Democratic primaries in several congressional districts. In Franconia District, voters in the 11th Congressional District have a choice between the incumbent, Rep. Gerry Connolly, and his challenger, Ahsan Nasar. There is no primary in the 8th Congressional District because Sen. Tim Kaine and Rep. Don Beyer have no challengers this cycle.

The primary is on June 18 in these precincts: Island Creek, Lane, Forestdale, Pioneer, Van Dorn, Garfield, Crestwood, Green Spring, West Springfield, and parts of Edison and Lynbrook. Early voting at the Franconia Governmental Center runs from June 8 through June 15, on two Saturdays and five weekdays. We’ll have a limited presence during this early voting period; sign up here to help. This is a fun way to meet some of your neighbors! 

If you are available to greet voters at your local precinct on June 18, please contact your precinct captain or email info@franconiadems.org.

Learn about events countywide

Did you know that members of the Franconia District Democratic Committee are also members of our parent committee, the Fairfax County Democratic Committee? Visit the FCDC website to learn about countywide caucuses and committees that may be of interest. And bookmark the FCDC calendar to stay on top of countywide Democratic events.