Sheila Olem was elected to the Herndon Town Council in 2014, 2012 & 2010 and immediately set about focusing on economic development, fiscal responsibility, government transparency, and improving local amenities.
With her new colleagues, Sheila approved the new Fire Station, a downtown master plan, worked closely with the County to plan for the new Metro station, passed the town’s first campaign finance disclosure requirements, created a Go Green initiative. When Sheila discovered that the town had public bike racks sitting in storage, she had them dusted off and installed around town.
Prior to her election, Sheila, was and remains a committed community advocate. She raised her two sons in Herndon and is a huge fan of the our local schools. Her community involvement is varied and extensive.
Providing great services and quality of life
Bringing home state and county tax dollars
Lighting the downtown W&OD Trail
Investing in our historic downtown
Preparing for Metro's arrival
Promoting Herndon as a great place to live, work and play
We have many great services and great staff working to carry out the wishes of residents as determined by our elected leaders. I will work to make sure we do not cut the services that residences have grown to expect for their tax dollars. Spring & fall clean up, fireworks at the Herndon Festival and the Forth of July are examples of the many services the town has provided for decades and our citizens have grown to expect. Keeping our parks and recreation facility maintained is very important, as is looking to ways to enhance them.
Having a vibrant seven-day a week downtown in Herndon will make us an even better place to live, work & play. I will continue to market Herndon in a positive light and work to get more businesses in our downtown. The council needs to tell developers exactly what they can and cannot build in Herndon so we can attract developers interested in seeking projects here. As member of council, I will encourage fellow members to put their cards on the table so we can once again attract interested developers.
Metro is coming, I will continue work to make sure we have access on the Town of Herndon side of the toll road. As a member of council, I will strongly encourage other council members to work with Fairfax County and Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority to ensure we have access in Herndon for our citizens to walk, bike and bus to the Silverline.