Updates from the City’s Connecting Fairfax for All

The City announced their selections to the Connecting Fairfax for All stakeholder group. The group includes four residents of Mosby Woods—those listed from precinct 5 as well as our Association’s representative and the Neighbors for Change representative.

Precinct 1: Kevin Kruczek
Precinct 2: Gabrielle Ravanera and Jay Lamb
Precinct 3: Patrick Murry, Minoo Kim, and Marbea Tammaro
Precinct 4: Grace Francis, Cantrell Dumas and Mark Light
Precinct 5: Sarah Pease and Erika Larkin
Precinct 6: Emilio Alonso
Non Resident: Mike Thornton

Members of Special Groups: Mount Calvary Baptist Church – Vicki Wood, Historic Fairfax – Matt West, Mosby Woods Community Association – Susan Olenchuk, and Neighbors for Change – Grace Gillespie.

At the City Council’s January 12 meeting they shared that they reviewed 87 applications for representatives to the stakeholder group. Each applicant met with the stakeholder selection committee in one of 8 small group discussions in December. The City sought to create a group:

  1. With at least one representative from each voting precinct
  2. Balancing where possible voices that are for, neutral, and against removing Confederate memorials
  3. Balance across gender and age groups
  4. Representation of racial and ethnic groups that reflect the City’s diversity

In the City Council meeting Representative Miller read a statement which indicated mention that the group of applicants skewed strongly towards removal of Confederate monuments, so they took care to represent alternate voices.

The first two meetings of the stakeholder group will occur February 4th and 11th, listed as Community Listening and Learning Sessions on the project’s page on Engage Fairfax. Each meeting will be facilitated by the George Mason University Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution.

Visit the Engage Fairfax site for more information and to engage in the conversation.

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