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ARCH Looks for Representation on RA

With an unofficial slate, ARCH could represent one-third of the RA Board.

Three board members of the Alliance of Reston Clusters and Homeowners have thrown their hats in the ring in the upcoming race for the Reston Association Board.

If the unofficial slate wins, a third of the nine-person RA Board would be represented by ARCH.

Each year, residents choose three seats on the RA Board. This year, two at-large seats and the South Lakes district seat are open. Incumbent directors Joe Leighton (South Lakes) and Robert Poppe (At-large) have both served two three-year terms and are restricted from running for a third term. Leighton plans to take a year off and run next year. Poppe plans to retire.

RA President Jennifer Blackwell, who occupies the other at-large seat, plans to run for re-election.

Residents will vote for the three seats from March 10-31, and the results will be announced on April 11.

ALL OF THE ARCH candidates — Richard Chew, George Kain and Gerald Volloy — have touted fiscal responsibility and increased efficiency to keep assessments as low as possible.

Chew, a founding member of ARCH and its current secretary, is also the president of Cedar Cove Court Cluster. For the past two years, Chew has attended countless meetings on the proposed governing documents. He has also served on several RA advisory committees, including the cluster/condo exchange committee, elections committee, finance committee and the maintenance and renewal committee.

Kain, a board member of ARCH, said he is committed to a “sensible RA budget and spending plans that will truly benefit the members at a reasonable and justifiable costs.”

Volloy, who ran for a seat last year but was defeated, is a former RA executive vice president and CEO. He is also a certified manager of community associations. Volloy, vice president of ARCH, said that one of his objectives includes increasing revenues and reducing costs by using his executive experience to establish partnerships with other community and governmental organizations and business.

On Feb. 16, RA will post all the candidates running for the board on its Web site.