Fairfax County Board of Supervisors–Hunter Mill: Catherine M. Hudgins (D)
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Fairfax County Board of Supervisors–Hunter Mill: Catherine M. Hudgins (D)

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Catherine M. Hudgins



Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Candidate Questionnaires

* = Incumbent

Chairman

http://www.connec...">Sharon Bulova* (D)

http://www.connec...">Glenda Gail Parker

http://www.connec...">Arthur Purves

Braddock District

http://www.connec...">Carey C. Campbell (I)

http://www.connec...">John C. Cook* (R)

http://www.connec...">Janet Sloate Oleszek (D)

Dranesville District

http://www.connec...">Jennifer Chronis (R)

http://www.connec...">John Foust* (D)

Hunter Mill District

http://www.connec...">Catherine M. Hudgins* (D)

Lee District

http://www.connec...">Jeffrey C. McKay* (D)

Mason District

http://www.connec...">Penelope A. "Penny" Gross* (D)

http://www.connec...">Mollie A. Loeffler (I)

Mount Vernon District

http://www.connec...">Jane Gandee (R)

http://www.connec...">Dan Storck (D)

Providence District

http://www.connec...">Linda Smyth* (D)

Springfield District

http://www.connec...">Corazon S. Foley (I)

http://www.connec...">Pat Herrity* (R)

Sully District

http://www.connec...">John P. Guevara(R)

http://www.connec...">Kathy L. Smith (D)

Democrat

Town of residence: Reston

Age: 71

Family: Two adult sons

Education: Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education (University of Arkansan at Pine Bluff) and Masters of Public Administration (George Mason University)

Offices held, dates: Elected four terms as Hunter Mill District Supervisor­: 1999­-present

Occupation and relevant experience: Mathematics teacher and technology professional

Community involvement: PTA

Website: cathyhudgins2015.com

Email address: cathy@cathyhudgins.com

Twitter handle:

Name three favorite endorsements: IAFF Local 2068, Northern Virginia, Realtors PAC, SEIU Virginia 512

QUESTIONS:

What is one issue that defines your call to serve, why does it matter, and how will you tackle it?

I continue to see two Fairfax Counties: one exceptional place to live for some; the other where many are unable to take advantage of all of the assets available in the community. One reason for this is the struggle to ensure adequate opportunity for affordable housing. The lack of affordable housing affects the homeless and under­employed, seniors, and those newly entering the workforce. Fund the Initiative to Prevent and End Homeless and increase affordable housing stock in 60% - 100% of AMI.

What distinguishes you from your opponent(s) and why should voters choose you?

While unopposed, I would respond to any opponent that my years of experience on the Board and in the community equip me best to address the issues in the next four years. I understand the issues, have worked effectively to provide the services and support policies that enhance quality the lives of Hunter Mill District and Fairfax County residents.

More than half of the county budget is devoted to the local school system. A significant budget gap looms for the next budget cycle, both for FCPS and Fairfax County. What are the top county priorities and how will you assure funding and manage the budget? What ideas do you have for increasing revenue? Name two areas/items you would cut or reduce.

Top priority must be for the School and County Boards to set priorities to ensure the best outcomes for all children and families. Nearly 65 percent of General Fund goes to services to children and families: fifty­-three percent to FCPS and eleven percent in Health and Welfare (H&H). While it may not be possible to directly combine these dollars for direct services, better coordination of service to children and families is necessary. Begin by addressing achievement gap, disparities and implementation pre­K, all related to better outcomes for FCPS and H&H. Success in these areas alone can make not only budget impact, but also better outcomes for youth, families and the community and warrant necessary increase to succeed and stay on

target.

How many hours a week of outside employment do you anticipate while serving on the Board of Supervisors?

I have been retired from outside employment since elected in 1999 and serve fulltime.