Balance, Respect, and a TRUE Independent Voice for Inclusion

Sean Kenis

for Herndon Town Council


November 6, 2018

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See my 2014 Video Supporting Connie for Mayor, Many of the Issues are still the same!

Meet Sean Kenis

 

I am a true Herndon local with a long history of ties to our town. I even raised my family in Herndon, and still enjoy participating in volunteer activities in and around our community.

  • Over 25 year family residential history in the Town of Herndon
  • Raised in Herndon – Stayed to raise a family here, too, thanks to my wife of 30+ years, Stephanie!
  • Three Daughters:
  • Elizabeth – USCG
  • Sarah – NICU Nurse
  • Samantha – USCG
  • Attended Herndon Elementary School
  • Coached Herndon Youth Soccer (travel & house teams) for 17 years
  • Daughters swam with Herndon Aquatic Club Commanders for 17 years
  • 19-year member and supporter of Hunter’s Creek Swim Team
  • Active member of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church

 

Professional Background & Experience

  • BS in Engineering from Virginia Tech (Go, Hokies!)
  • MBA from Averett University

Supporting Herndon Businesses

Join the Green Lizard Blood Drive on August 28th.

See their flyer for more information HERE

A Family Connection

To read about a true American Veteran, my father-in-law, Mr. Robert R. Foran, click HERE

Messages from Sean:

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About Herndon

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Your voice matters. Please share your constructive thoughts, concerns, ideas, and questions below. Your helpful and profanity-free submission will be published pending review.

Special thanks to Mike & Janet Madigan for the photos!

How can we ease the tax impacts and minimize tax increases for Herndon residents?

Every decision we make for our town must, of course, be fiscally responsible, with consideration for small business owners and all residents. The key is to prioritize and distinguish between the initiatives for public safety and proper infrastructure, and projects considered to be beneficial but less critical. Joining forces to garner philanthropic donations is a strong tool that many towns have used to build community the non-public safety related resources. With enough initiative and action, together, we can create coalitions that raise funds for these kinds of projects, while ensuring fair, balanced, and minimal tax responsibilities.

 

 

 

 

What is “transparency” in government? How do we achieve it?

To be “transparent” means to be easily seen; to be free from deceit or pretense; to be readily understood. It is a governing body’s responsibility to be open and transparent to all residents and businesses, so that everyone has an equal environment in which to participate and to thrive. Transparency in our town government is achieved when we provide open, welcoming, and balanced listening for all perspectives and opinions, regardless of personal or special interest position or preference. We must seek first to understand all issues from all angles, and put all citizen voices at the center. Transparency is a natural byproduct of a government that practices truly equitable representation, and dispels political monopolies, in order to ensure that all angles of an impact or challenge have been presented and considered. We are capable of building a town government that instills and inspires equal trust among all of its businesses and citizens.

 

 

 

 

The town is growing and developing rapidly. Are we looking out for sensible development to guard against things like traffic congestion and over-development?

When we achieve transparency, we mitigate worry and the negative impacts regarding conditions like rapid development. All financial angles, resources, and impacts must be revealed, explored, discussed, and considered, before development begins or continues too quickly. Let’s look at how we can support and share information from our Planning Commission, so that they are properly fueled in the right directions and measures, and so that our citizens truly trust their recommendations. Proper town development includes open spaces for walkability and environmental sustainability. Let’s welcome developers that build and maintain athletic fields to encourage the growth of amateur athletics and sports teams in Herndon. Let’s welcome creative and prudent developers that are hungry to achieve and provide “green” options to increase revenue for local Herndon businesses when we are a greater destination for tournaments and special highlighted sporting events. Many of us have heard of 4Ocean. A couple of guys turned ocean trash into bracelets, and launched a wonderful business while helping the environment. Certainly, there are developers out there with that kind of focus and goal for towns like ours.

 

 

 

 

How can we ensure better equity and broader openness in our town elections processes?

When the town mayoral and council elections are held separately from the November state and national elections, we provide clarity, convenience, and focus where it truly belongs; on our town. Scheduling the town elections in May ensures this focus. Equity is also achieved with term limits. Fresh voices and perspectives will serve to open new and more balanced perspectives when new candidates may step up to the plate more frequently. This provides a true citizen-led government.

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Here are some helpful resources. Please feel free to print and distribute them, or save and forward them to your friends and neighbors. Thank you for your support of this campaign! Click HERE

An Open Letter to Herndon Voters:

The Unfortunate Partisanship of our Local Election

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Special thanks to Mike & Janet Madigan for the photos!

Your contributions are essential to the success of this campaign. Your support is valued and appreciated greatly.

 

 

 

For donations by check, please make the check payable to KenisForHerndon, and mail it to:

478 Elden Street

P.O. Box 124

Herndon, VA 20170

 

Thank You!

Sean Kenis

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Sean Kenis for Herndon Town Council
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Sean Kenis for Herndon Town Council
Virginia Campaign Finance Reports
Sean Kenis
Sean Kenis for Herndon Town Council
Virginia Campaign Finance Reports

How can we ease the tax impacts and minimize tax increases for Herndon residents?

Every decision we make for our town must, of course, be fiscally responsible, with consideration for small business owners and all residents. The key is to prioritize and distinguish between the initiatives for public safety and proper infrastructure, and projects considered to be beneficial but less critical. Joining forces to garner philanthropic donations is a strong tool that many towns have used to build community the non-public safety related resources. With enough initiative and action, together, we can create coalitions that raise funds for these kinds of projects, while ensuring fair, balanced, and minimal tax responsibilities.

What is “transparency” in government? How do we achieve it?

To be “transparent” means to be easily seen; to be free from deceit or pretense; to be readily understood. It is a governing body’s responsibility to be open and transparent to all residents and businesses, so that everyone has an equal environment in which to participate and to thrive. Transparency in our town government is achieved when we provide open, welcoming, and balanced listening for all perspectives and opinions, regardless of personal or special interest position or preference. We must seek first to understand all issues from all angles, and put all citizen voices at the center. Transparency is a natural byproduct of a government that practices truly equitable representation, and dispels political monopolies, in order to ensure that all angles of an impact or challenge have been presented and considered. We are capable of building a town government that instills and inspires equal trust among all of its businesses and citizens.

The town is growing and developing rapidly. Are we looking out for sensible development to guard against things like traffic congestion and over-development?

When we achieve transparency, we mitigate worry and the negative impacts regarding conditions like rapid development. All financial angles, resources, and impacts must be revealed, explored, discussed, and considered, before development begins or continues too quickly. Let’s look at how we can support and share information from our Planning Commission, so that they are properly fueled in the right directions and measures, and so that our citizens truly trust their recommendations. Proper town development includes open spaces for walkability and environmental sustainability. Let’s welcome developers that build and maintain athletic fields to encourage the growth of amateur athletics and sports teams in Herndon. Let’s welcome creative and prudent developers that are hungry to achieve and provide “green” options to increase revenue for local Herndon businesses when we are a greater destination for tournaments and special highlighted sporting events. Many of us have heard of 4Ocean. A couple of guys turned ocean trash into bracelets, and launched a wonderful business while helping the environment. Certainly, there are developers out there with that kind of focus and goal for towns like ours.

How can we ensure better equity and broader openness in our town elections processes?

When the town mayoral and council elections are held separately from the November state and national elections, we provide clarity, convenience, and focus where it truly belongs; on our town. Scheduling the town elections in May ensures this focus. Equity is also achieved with term limits. Fresh voices and perspectives will serve to open new and more balanced perspectives when new candidates may step up to the plate more frequently. This provides a true citizen-led government.

Sean Kenis
Sean Kenis for Herndon Town Council
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Sean Kenis