McLean Community Center To Hold 2011 Governing Board Election

Voters will elect members of the McLean Community Center 2011-2012 Governing Board next month.

The election will be held between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the McLean Day 2011 festival on Saturday, May 21, at Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Rd.

Voting qualifications

In order to vote, you must be a resident of the McLean Community Center tax district (Dranesville Small District #1). However, you need not be registered to vote in the general election.

You must be at least 18 years old to vote for an adult candidate, or 15 through 17 years old to vote for a youth candidate. Youth voters may vote for a candidate from each of the two school districts.

Identification and proof of residency — such as a driver’s license or student ID – are recommended. However, if you do not have identification, you may sign a sworn statement.

The candidates

The adult candidates for the three open board positions are:

  • Sean A. Dunn, who has served on the Governing Board for six years – two years as chairman and two years as treasurer;
  • David (Bucky) Morris, who has been active in running and coaching McLean Youth Lacrosse for the past 15 years;
  • Chad Quinn, a small business owner and a resident of McLean since 1998; and
  • Risa E. Sanders, who is completing her first term on the MCC Governing Board and has served on nearly every committee.

Youth candidates for two open positions are:

  • Maggie Himpler, a 15-year-old sophomore at Oakcrest School, who has been involved in community sports, MCC theatre activities and volunteer projects;
  • Christy Meyer, a Langley High School junior, who participated in McLean Youth Sports, and worked at numerous volunteer projects including the Claude Moore Colonial Farm and Sunrise Living Center;
  • Aisha Samaila, a junior at Langley High School, who is a member of the district champion Debate and Forensics Club, Multicultural and International Club, Robotics Club and Muslim Student Association; and
  • Alexander Soltany, a ninth-grader at St. Albans School in Washington, DC, and is an active member of the McLean community as a Boy Scout and as a participant in McLean Youth sports teams.

Write-in candidates

Write-in candidates must have at least 10 votes from 10 residents of the Center’s tax district in order to have their votes counted.  For youth write-in candidates, the 10 votes must come from teens who live within the same high school boundary area as the candidate.

Absentee voting

If you want to vote, but can’t make it to the McLean Day festival on May 21, you may cast an absentee ballot. Call the Center or send a request by E-mail to to have a ballot package sent to your home. Or, stop by the Center and pick up an absentee ballot package, which will be available beginning Monday, April 11. Completed absentee ballot applications and ballots must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, to be counted.

For more information, call the Center at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, or send a message to