Marybeth Connelly has been paying close attention to City of Falls Church politics since she moved to “The Little City” in 1995 and now she wants to run for one of the three seats up for re-election.
The terms of Vice-Mayor David Snyder, councilmembers Johannah Barry, Ira Kaylin and Ron Peppe will end this year and they can run for re-election. David Bjerke, general registrar for the City of Falls Church, did not say if any of the current councilmembers will run for re-election but said city resident Daniel Sze has also submitted his name as a candidate.
The election is Nov. 5.
“It seems like we spend a lot of time and energy disagreeing among ourselves over issues of both small and large importance,” Connelly said Tuesday. “If I never hear the phrase 'the school side and the city side' again, I will be very happy because we are all part of one city. I envision Falls Church as a circle that includes parks, library, schools, public works, human services, thriving businesses; that is welcoming to people of all ages and income levels; and that sees itself as an oasis in the midst of a busy metropolitan area.”
Connelly, a Villanova University graduate, was born in Norfolk but was raised in Pennsylvania. She and her husband, Michael Connolly, have lived in Northern Virginia for 20 years and have three children – Brian (16), Andrew (14) and Julie (12). Currently Connolly is on the Boards of Directors of Village Preservation & Improvement Society; Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce and Falls Church Education Foundation.
With Berry the only woman on council, Connolly said there is a need for more women and minority elected officials in the city. Many people make Falls Church a strong community — and women and minorities are a major force.
“Falls Church is far more diverse than is reflected in our leadership — elected, appointed, and volunteer leadership,” she said. “Regarding women, in particular, there are many qualified women in Falls Church who should join me in a run for office.”
Connelly said she has received support from her family and friends and others around the city. She said she is optimistic about the direction Falls Church is heading in and she wants to be a part of it.
“I am part of so many different groups in the city and most days I wear many hats - parent, taxpayer, employee, volunteer, liaison,” Connelly said. “I will bring an openness to listening to the needs of citizens and businesses, a concern for the welfare of all of our citizens and a spirit of kindness.”