Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Birthday: September 10
Bio: I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, but have lived in Virginia since 2001. I received my BA in Communication with a concentration in journalism from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA where I served as managing editor for the student newspaper, Broadside, and later the Best of Mason issue of the student-run VOX|POP magazine. I am a passionate journalist with an affinity for cultures and an addiction to green tea, chocolate, baseball, and tennis. In June 2011, Annandale Patch received the Business of the Year award from the Annandale Chamber of Commerce for their coverage of the Annandale community.
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I am registered as a Democrat, but I keep an open mind when it comes to politics. In previous elections, both national and local, I have voted for Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. I believe understanding several viewpoints of any issue lead to making a better decision and I tend to form my opinion after I've gathered as much information as possible from a variety of sources.
I was raised in a mostly Baptist family and would consider myself a casual attendee who is observant of the practices of the Baptist church. I have a budding interest in pursuing Buddhism.
Local Hot-Button Issues
I think the issue of overcrowding at the school's and finding the balance of how to keep Annandale students in attendance at school's in Annandale rather than outside of the city is going to be interesting to figure out. There are many details still left undecided on how to alleviate this problem. As a frequent traveler to other parts of Fairfax County, I am also always interested in what's going on with the HOT lanes and construction on I-495.