Fairfax Times Letter Lauds Congressman Connolly's Tenacious Public Service

Connolly ‘a tenacious advocate’ for Fairfax 

We write to congratulate our good friend, colleague, and congressman, Gerry Connolly on the 20th anniversary of his exceptional service to our community in elected office as a district supervisor, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, and now as our congressman. Since 1995, when he was first elected Providence District Supervisor, Gerry has continued a tradition of strong leadership in Providence. 

Of course, Gerry was no stranger to public service before he sought elected office, having led his Mantua neighborhood through the difficult cleanup of an underground oil leak from a neighboring tank farm and later serving as president of the Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations. 

Gerry’s legacy can be seen throughout our community. As Providence Supervisor, he led the multi-year effort to revitalize Merrifield into the bustling Mosaic District. Upon his election as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Gerry launched “quality of life” initiatives on multiple fronts. He worked with the private and nonprofit sectors to expand affordable housing opportunities; and he marshalled the support of local volunteers to improve our environmental stewardship and chart the Connolly Cross County Trail.

The fruits of Gerry’s labor also can be seen in the transformation now taking place in Tysons and the Dulles Corridor with opening of the Silver Line. It was his vision and doggedness that continued to push this monumental undertaking through multiple hurdles, and it has now been recognized as a national model for redevelopment. 

With his infectious passion and his well-known sense of humor, Gerry has been a tenacious advocate for our community. We are grateful that he has carried that same spirit with him to the U.S. Congress, where he continues to be a champion for Northern Virginia.

Katherine K. Hanley 

Former Providence District Supervisor, Fairfax Board Chairman, and Secretary of the Commonwealth

James M. Scott 

Former Providence District Supervisor and Virginia Delegate representing the 53rd District

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