I have been involved in politics and policy-making in Virginia for close to 50 years. Over that time I have been involved with helping to shape policies in Northern Virginia.
I was a former member of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (1994-1998), appointed by Governor Allen. I was also appointed by Governor Gilmore to serve as the Northern Virginia District member of the Commonwealth Transportation Board (1998-2004). I had also served as the Special Assistant to Secretary of Transportation Drew Lewis during the Administration of President Reagan (1981-1983).
During the time I served on the Commonwealth Transportation Board I also served as the Chair of the Dulles Corridor Task Force, whose charge was to determine if a connection to Dulles International Airport should be built; what it should be, ie: Extension of the Metro System or another form of transit; and after almost 50 years of talking, how to get the project started and built. As we now know, this is what is called the Silver Line.
I worked as a consultant to MWAA in the months leading up to the Loudoun County Board finalizing its decision on whether to go or not go ahead with the Loudoun portion of Phase 2 of the Silver line. During that time, I paid close attention to the activities of Dave LaRock and his citizens groups' interest in the costs of the Project to the taxpayers of Loudoun County. Because of Mr. LaRock & his groups' interest, I believe that the Board's decision to go with a commercial tax district to finance Loudoun County's share of Phase 2, was accomplished.
I am sharing these insights because Mr. LaRock is running to be the member of the Virginia House of Delegates for the 33rd District. He has shown me that he knows how to solve problems to bring positive solutions to the taxpayer.
J. Kenneth Klinge