S. Ann Robinson has officially announced her candidacy for Leesburg Town Council, calling for a fuller representation of Leesburg’s diverse population to the council chambers.
“Low taxes, first-rate parks, and public safety are well done in Leesburg, and I applaud Mayor Umstattd and town manager John Wells," Robinson stated in a press release. "I will support their lead in continuing these policies, as well as the parades and events, which maintain our sense of shared community."
as one of the best places to live, which especially holds true if you are a young family with a high income, she said.
“Going forward, we need to be just as aware of all socio-economic demographics in our town," Robinson said. "A healthy, livable lifestyle should be possible for all who work and serve our quality of life, as well as those who are elderly and/or disabled."
Robinson was raised in a community Christian church, which taught her that "faith without works is dead." Symbols on the courthouse lawn are not enough, she said, and a moral government must consider "the least of these" among us.
Robinson said she would like to see public bus service in the evenings and on weekends, as well as a pedestrian bridge over Route 15 North. Walking and biking trails along the established roads, such as those currently available along South and North King streets should be extended and included on Market Street and Catoctin Circle, which would allow for a more walkable town, she said.
She also supports low, progressive water rates and would like to begin a conversation about living wages and find ways to bring economic fairness up to that level.
“I will support public/private partnerships with NGOs such as Master Gardeners and LaVoz, as well as others," Robinson said, adding that they serve the local community at a level that brings long-term vitality to everyone, either directly or indirectly.
Robinson said that she also supports all practical means of encouraging and promoting the town's local small businesses, calling them the sustaining feature of our economy.
She would also like to see low-impact development that preserves as much open space as possible, tree canopies, a thriving arts and entertainment district, live music and community theater downtown, and a children’s discovery museum.
"All of these are possible and can be ours,” she said.
Robinson has lived in Leesburg for 22 years. She graduated from The University of Texas, Austin, with honors. She earned a CPA rating in 1987 and has served as a business manager/comptroller for a defense contractor and a software developer.
She currently teaches Workforce Development accounting courses for Northern Virginia Community College and Frederick Community College. In addition she is a contributing writer for Swing County LLC and for the Shenandoah Press.
Robinson is a long-standing member of the NAACP and the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Loudoun. Her volunteer activities have included tutoring American Sign Language and English as a second language, as well as All Ages Reading Together.