Clark Hedrick for Herndon Town Council

Clark Hedrick for Herndon Town Council

I'm running for the Herndon Town Council to bring #HerndonTogether. Learn more by visiting www.clark

05/11/2023

This budget fully funds our capital projects, gives significant wage adjustments to our staff, improves our existing services, gives our police the resources they need, and delivers tax relief to our residents.

I was proud to join with you in advocating for these priorities.

Herndon Election 2022: Olem Wins; Council Candidate Declines Recount 11/16/2022

Herndon, thank you for entrusting me with a seat on the Town Council. I am honored to be following in the footsteps of other committed public servants who have also received the highest number of votes from you in the past. Among them, Vice Mayor Cesar Del Aguila and former Vice Mayors Sheila Olem, Jennifer Baker, Connie Hutchinson, and Lisa Merkel.

I will work every day to keep the promise I made to you—to elevate the needs of Herndon residents above anything else. I look forward to being your advocate on the Council. Let's bring .

Herndon Election 2022: Olem Wins; Council Candidate Declines Recount Mayor Sheila Olem defeated two challengers in her re-election bid and a Herndon Town Council candidate turned down the option for a recount.

11/08/2022

Made it to voting day 🇺🇸 Polls are open till 7pm. Hope to see you here and remember to vote Herndon!

11/07/2022

VOTE HERNDON

Hi neighbor 👋
During this campaign, I’ve knocked on over 1200 doors talking to Herndon residents. You’ve inspired my best hopes that we can bring to make our wonderful town even better. Thank you for the confidence you’ve given me throughout this campaign. If you haven’t voted yet, I look forward to seeing you at the polls tomorrow—Tuesday, November 8. Polls are open 6AM-7PM.
Best,
Clark

10/28/2022

🔸 Defending Herndon’s Non-Partisan Elections 🔸

I have neither sought nor received the endorsement of any political party. This election is for non-partisan seats and it should stay that way.

A sample ballot with the appearance of a Democrat Party endorsement is circulating with my name on it. It is not an official Democrat Party sample ballot. I did not request or authorize the endorsement or the appearance of an endorsement. If I had been asked, I would not have authorized such an endorsement.

It is important to me that the Herndon Town Council prioritize local issues above partisan politics. I have asked that either the sample ballot be redesigned to not give the appearance of a political party endorsement or, alternatively, to have my name removed from the sample ballot.

Thank you, Herndon voters, for your continued support of me and my campaign to bring .

Photos from Clark Hedrick for Herndon Town Council's post 10/28/2022

🔶 V O T E ! 🔶

Early voting opened up at the Herndon Fortnightly Library today. Early in-person voting at the library is available now through November 5th during the following days and times:
• Weekdays, 1-7PM
• Saturdays, 9AM-5PM
• Sunday (10/30 only), 1-5PM


C. helped me vote today and was an enthusiastic fan of the process 🇺🇸

Keven LeBlanc Here for Herndon what do you think? Did she represent with the right colors?

10/24/2022

🔶 HERNDON TOGETHER 🔶

You will see on all my signs and literature the phrase "Herndon Together." This is the central value of my campaign and it will guide my agenda if elected to the Council. Unless you live under a rock, you know how polarized it seems almost everything in the world is. However, as I knock on doors and speak with neighbors in every corner of Town, I've found that we agree on 99% of the issues the Town Council is tasked to address. We all want walkable communities, responsive, transparent government, responsible budgets, well-paved (and quickly cleared) roads, a compassionate, competent police force, et cetera. The only differences we have are how to prioritize those needs.

Frankly, the Council could devote all of its time to those needs and still have work to do. So instead of spending Council time on divisive, partisan issues, the Council should be listening more and focusing on the needs of the community; the Council needs to improve the way it invites input from the community in order to hear from a greater number and diversity of perspectives. Let's bring "Herndon Together" to do that. If elected, I would vote against any provision or motion that would elevate divisive, partisan issues in Town government no matter where the proposal comes from.

10/21/2022

What makes me different than other candidates seeking Herndon Town Council?

1) I am one of two candidates for Council who has young children at home. My vision for Herndon is on a 50-60 year horizon, knowing that they will be living in or returning to this community for decades. I want to make sure this can be a home for them and their families for decades after any of us are on the Council.

2) I am an attorney who works frequently with government oversight, compliance, and budgets. There is often a disconnect between policymakers, policy implementers, and constituents. My professional experience is steeped in bridging those disconnects. I believe it is a skill I can apply to the business of the Council as it considers changes to Town policy, to staff as they implement those changes, and to residents.

10/21/2022

IMPORTANT: Herndon voters, you received a notice like this in the mail today. The Virginia Department of Elections made an error and it incorrectly labels your precinct location. If you are registered in the Town of Herndon, your voting location is in the Town of Herndon—depending on your address, either at Herndon Elementary School, the Herndon Community Center, or Herndon Middle School. You also have the option to vote early in-person at a number of voting locations across Fairfax County, including at the Herndon Fortnightly Library (from 10/27-11/5 at that location).

To find your precinct location and the hours for early voting and Election Day, you can find a number of voting resources on my website at https://www.clarkhedrick.com/vote

10/20/2022

Affordability. It’s the single most pressing issue facing the Town of Herndon right now. Our real property tax bills increased on average about $725 last year. If you are a young family or looking to retire and transition to a semi-fixed income, that kind of tax increase is unsustainable. Herndon residents are struggling to afford living here. We need to prioritize their needs. We need to do everything we can to limit increases to the Town's budget so that we can provide relief to folks who are struggling to stay in Town.

One example of unnecessary budget increases: last year, all six current Town Council members voted to nearly quadruple the Town Council salary. While your tax bills were going up, while the price of groceries and gas were skyrocketing, while most Herndon residents were watching our real wages decline, this Town Council decided it was the right time to increase its own salary by 375%—that increase comes directly from our tax dollars. The first thing I will do if elected is to move that we repeal that increase. The Town Council needs to totally reorient its perspective on taxes and the budget; to understand that every increase places a little more burden on our neighbors who are least able to bear it.

10/20/2022

Hey there neighbor 👋 Here’s the first post in a series I’ll be running about me and why I’m running for Herndon Town Council. I’d love to hear from you!

I am running for Town Council because I love the Town of Herndon and I believe I have the skills and experience to improve our Town's government. My wife and I bought our home here in 2016 because we loved Herndon's "small town charm," the historic downtown core, and the vibrant, diverse culture of community. We set down roots and were blessed with 3 children in the first 5 years here. We see that Herndon is at a fork in the road: As the Metro station opens and downtown redevelops, our Town must have a clear vision of who we are—a small town with an historic core. If we value and cultivate those qualities, Herndon will be the best place to live in the area. However, if we lose sight of that vision we will lose what makes us distinct from the rest of western Fairfax. The Town Council is the guardian of that vision.

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2022 Candidate Profile: Clark Hedrick Runs For Herndon Town Council 10/19/2022

2022 Candidate Profile: Clark Hedrick Runs For Herndon Town Council Clark Hedrick is running for one of the six seats on the Herndon Town Council in the Nov. 8 general election.

10/17/2022

Hi Neighbor! It’s been a while since I gave a formal introduction here. My name is Clark Hedrick and I’m running for Herndon Town Council. Our town faces many challenges and one thing is clear, local government has never been more important. That’s why I’m running—to bring as we solve problems as a community.

Over the next couple weeks, I will be posting a series about me, why I’m running for Council, and the local issues I will champion on the Town Council. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, visit my website to learn more: www.ClarkHedrick.com

Herndon Town Council Candidate Meet and Greet with Clark, Keven, and Steve 10/10/2022

I'm looking forward to seeing you this Thursday, October 13—let us know if we'll see you there! Porter4Herndon, Keven LeBlanc Here for Herndon, and I each have unique perspectives, but we're all committed to bringing to address the opportunities and challenges we face as a community. Please come "meet and greet" with us as you consider who to support for Town Council this election.

Herndon Town Council Candidate Meet and Greet with Clark, Keven, and Steve Join us for a casual conversation with Herndon Town Council candidates Clark Hedrick, Keven LeBlanc, and Stevan Porter

Photos from Clark Hedrick for Herndon Town Council's post 10/08/2022

Family fun at this morning’s Herndon homecoming parade

10/22/2020

Nine years ago, I asked this woman if I could tag along with her for the rest of our lives. When she said "yes," neither of us understood what an adventure it would be. Through all the storms and turns, she's been the most steadfast partner and faithful friend.

These last few months she's worked overtime to support this campaign—doing so much more both inside and out of our home to keep us going. And that's on top of all of her normal, everyday work. She's definitely the family MVP and my personal hero. If you haven't yet, I hope y'all get to meet her soon because she's pretty great.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Vote for Diversity in Herndon 10/21/2020

I am honored and grateful to receive Councilmember Jennifer Baker’s endorsement—her service to the community and on the Council are a great credit to Herndon. Please take a moment to read her thoughts about cultivating a diversity of opinion in our local government.

Let's bring !

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Vote for Diversity in Herndon The Town of Herndon is guaranteed to have a Council led by Democrats given that 6 of the 8 people running for Council are on the Democratic sample ballot. As a life-long Democrat and current member of the Town Council, you might think I’d be happy with this news. I’m not. A core tenet of democra...

10/11/2020

Please message me if you’d like a lawn sign! I will bring it by today.

Friends of Clark Hedrick – Herndon Together 10/07/2020

Herndon has so much potential—an historic downtown, a new metro station, and among the most diverse and closely-knit communities in the region. I'm running for town council to amplify our strengths and to fix what needs fixing.

Friends of Clark Hedrick – Herndon Together Clark Hedrick is running to bring a fresh perspective to the Council, bringing during this campaign and through next term.

Friends of Clark Hedrick – Herndon Together 10/07/2020

With less than a month to go before election day, we're working hard to bring . Let's develop Herndon's historic downtown into a best-in-class, small-business oriented destination.

Friends of Clark Hedrick – Herndon Together Clark Hedrick is running to bring a fresh perspective to the Council, bringing during this campaign and through next term.

Friends of Clark Hedrick – Herndon Together 09/30/2020

Herndon is changing and the next Council will have to fight to maintain our small-town community as we grow. Read more about my vision for Herndon's future.

Friends of Clark Hedrick – Herndon Together Clark Hedrick is running to bring a fresh perspective to the Council, bringing during this campaign and through next term.

Friends of Clark Hedrick – Herndon Together 09/30/2020

We're working hard for Herndon's future. In the last 7 days, this campaign team has hit over 1400 doors. If you haven't seen us yet, we'll see you soon!

Friends of Clark Hedrick – Herndon Together Clark Hedrick is running to bring a fresh perspective to the Council, bringing during this campaign and through next term.

Friends of Clark Hedrick – Herndon Together 09/23/2020

We're less than 6-weeks from election day and voting has already started! Let's bring —I'm running to make local issues a priority, not partisan interests.

Friends of Clark Hedrick – Herndon Together Clark Hedrick is running to bring a fresh perspective to the Council, bringing during this campaign and through next term.

09/22/2020

We have yard signs*! If you want one and you live in the Town of Herndon (or know someone who does), please direct message me and I will make sure you get one.

*child not included 🙃.

Friends of Clark Hedrick – Herndon Together 09/19/2020

I'm running to bring —to put our needs as a community above partisan politics. That's why I've neither sought nor received any support from any political party.

Friends of Clark Hedrick – Herndon Together Clark Hedrick is running to bring a fresh perspective to the Council, bringing during this campaign and through next term.

Friends of Clark Hedrick – Herndon Together 09/16/2020

We have less than 7-weeks to go until election day! Learn more about my plan to bring .

Friends of Clark Hedrick – Herndon Together Clark Hedrick is running to bring a fresh perspective to the Council, bringing during this campaign and through next term.

09/09/2020

Happy first day of school everyone! This is our first, first day of school and it looks very different from what we had imagined. But we couldn't be happier to be spending more time at home with our pre-schooler.

Photo by Allison Kuykendall Photography

Friends of Clark Hedrick – Herndon Together 08/08/2020

I'm running to bring , to build on our strengths and to fix what needs fixing. Learn a little bit more about me and my campaign at www.ClarkHedrick.com

Friends of Clark Hedrick – Herndon Together Clark Hedrick is running to bring a fresh perspective to the Council, bringing during this campaign and through next term.

Herndon Learning Together — Clark’s idea to improve education 08/05/2020

Herndon Learning Together: Public education and library services are important to every Herndon resident, that's why I will work to improve access to and oversight of Herndon's public education and library administrators.

Herndon Learning Together — Clark’s idea to improve education Improving Oversight of Local Public Education. Fairfax County provides public education and library services to Herndon and, as such, the…

07/22/2020

Each Tuesday during this campaign I will highlight one of the nine points of my plan to bring .

5. Herndon Saving Together – my approach to the Town budget

Like every other municipality across Virginia, Herndon faces significant financial uncertainty in the wake of the COVID pandemic. The Town has sequestered $11.5 million in its $61 million budget to adapt to this uncertainty. The Council and staff should be applauded not just for acting decisively to revise the fiscal year 2021 budget proposal, but also for the years’-long work to prepare for unforeseen events like this.

I don’t want to cut our budget, but I want to “right size” it as we grow. Herndon is growing, with an incredible number of new housing units already approved to be built. This will expand the Town’s tax base. So we can accomplish this with no cuts to services, no personnel reductions, and no scaling back of currently approved capital projects. If elected, I will require every budget item to prove these qualities:

Efficiency. In good times, public spending is often not carefully vetted for efficiencies. Unfortunately, it is often only after a crisis hits and revenues dry up that government entities find ways to cut costs. Such moments are the worst times to be looking to cut costs. As elected representatives of taxpayers, the Council’s duty is to review every line of a budget proposal with a critical eye, asking whether the same (or better!) service can be provided by another, more efficient method. If elected, I commit to being that “critical eye” over the budget.

Effectiveness. Local governments sometimes authorize programs or events with grand plans for success and, even if met with underwhelming public response, continue to pour time and resources into them. Throwing “good money after bad” is usually the result of failing to implement data gathering and establishing measurable success metrics from the beginning. In some cases, it’s the result of a program or event being a “pet project” of some influential individual or interest. If elected, I commit to establishing measurable metrics of success for all new and existing programs to be authorized (or reauthorized) by the Council.

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