Lisa Merkel, Herndon Mayor 2012-2020

Lisa Merkel, Herndon Mayor 2012-2020 Together we put Herndon on the map as a model of 21st century hometown living, a next generation small town. Preserving our History. Shaping our Future.

I was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama and come from a close-knit, working-class family whose strong values and open-minded view of the world shaped who I am today. With the help of Pell Grants, I worked my way through school and, in 1995—when I earned a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Auburn University—I became the first member of my family to graduate from college. I moved to the DC area with my husband, Dave, an Air Force officer, in the fall of 1996. We fell in love with the area and after Dave’s tour of duty was up we decided to make Northern Virginia our home. I was working for Fairfax County Public Schools and Dave soon went to work in the private sector. In 2002, we fell in love with a Victorian farmhouse in downtown Herndon and moved in that spring. From the beginning we enjoyed life in the Town of Herndon: the homecoming parade every fall, fireworks from the backyard on the 4th of July, and walking downtown to enjoy Friday Night Live, Jazz at the Ice House, wings at Jimmy's and slices of fresh bread at Great Harvest. In 2001, I was selected by then Governor Mark Warner to serve on Virginia's Partnerships for Achieving Successful Schools initiative and worked on a year-long partnership with a Richmond elementary school, traveling monthly to coach teachers and provide on-site language arts professional development opportunities for the teachers and staff at the school. In 2002, I graduated from Virginia Tech with a Masters degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in literacy, and I moved from the classroom to become a Title I Reading Specialist. I am still so very proud that my classroom work was featured in the book, Shared Reading for Today's Classroom, and materials and teaching strategies I developed are still being used in literacy professional development courses throughout Fairfax County. When our children were born, I took a leave of absence from teaching to become a stay at home mom. I joined the Herndon Homes Tour Committee, and I became more involved in Town issues. First elected to Herndon Town Council as Vice Mayor in 2010. Elected Mayor in 2012, and re-elected in 2014 and 2016.

Operating as usual

Hey #Herndon - are you ready for representation in Richmond that's focused on YOUR CONCERNS?  Join me on Saturday April ...
04/21/2021

Hey #Herndon - are you ready for representation in Richmond that's focused on YOUR CONCERNS? Join me on Saturday April 24th at 1pm in my backyard right here in downtown Herndon - to meet Irene Shin. Irene For Delegate has been a dear friend for a long time and is running for Delegate in the 86th district - a seat held for years by TOWN residents Tom Rust and Jennifer Boysko. Irene has my vote in the JUNE 8th primary and I hope she has yours too. Come and meet her to find out why I'm so invested in her campaign!

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#ImWithIrene- JUNE 8th Democratic Primary  Alert! Irene For DelegateFrom Delegates Tom Rust to Jennifer B. Boysko, #Hern...
03/08/2021

#ImWithIrene- JUNE 8th Democratic Primary Alert!
Irene For Delegate
From Delegates Tom Rust to Jennifer B. Boysko, #Herndon has benefitted from a long history of town-focused representation in the 86th - something that is sorely lacking right now. Please join me in voting for Irene Shin in the democratic primary on June 8th- she's our neighbor here in the ToH!!

Dear Herndon - At the stroke of midnight NYE night, my term will officially come to an end.  Serving as the mayor of our...
12/30/2020

Dear Herndon -
At the stroke of midnight NYE night, my term will officially come to an end. Serving as the mayor of our town has to be the most rewarding job in politics, and I thank you all for placing your trust in me for all this time. Over the past 10 years I have had the opportunity to visit hundreds of town businesses and have been on every street and in every neighborhood in town. The best part of the job has been all the people I’ve met along the way - all over the town and Commonwealth. When I first ran for office, I knew I’d be spending a lot of time on land-use and transportation issues. What I didn’t realize was that I would also become connector and cheerleader-in-chief!

My proudest accomplishment is finally moving forward with a vibrant, walkable, arts-focused downtown redevelopment plan; something the town has tried to make happen since the 1980s. Downtown redevelopment was my number one priority throughout my tenure and signing off on the final approvals and closing documents was my last official act as Mayor. The perfect bookend to my decade of service. Serving as Herndon’s mayor has been the honor of my life, and I will definitely miss being in office once January rolls around. Fortunately, the town is in good hands with our next mayor and our outstanding professional staff! I look forward to a long future ahead as Citizen Lisa, knowing from a unique perspective that our town is a place that truly cares for its residents.

Warmly,
~Mayor Lisa Merkel, 2012-2020

I’m still blown away by this recognition.  Thank you, Leadership Fairfax, Inc. and Donielle Scherff for taking the time ...
12/21/2020

I’m still blown away by this recognition. Thank you, Leadership Fairfax, Inc. and Donielle Scherff for taking the time to submit such a lovely nomination for me. #herndon #grateful

Congratulations to Mayor Lisa Merkel, recipient of Leadership Fairfax's 2020 Trustee Leadership Award! Mayor Merkel was nominated by town citizen Donielle Scherff, for - among other accomplishments - her determination and perseverance in furthering Herndon's downtown redevelopment project. Congrats Mayor Lisa!

12/17/2020

#puppysfirstsnow ❄️🐶💕

Pretty cool that signing these documents finalizing the downtown land transfer is likely my very last official act as yo...
12/16/2020

Pretty cool that signing these documents finalizing the downtown land transfer is likely my very last official act as your mayor. It’s the main reason I ran in the first place. Thank you to the generations of people who dreamed big and helped make this happen! #Herndon #DowntownH #ItsON #WeDidIt

Mayor Lisa Merkel has signed documents finalizing transfer of town-owned land to Comstock Herndon Venture, LC. See Comstock's news release: Herndon-va.gov/downtown

12/16/2020
Town of Herndon Government

Town of Herndon Government

Please move cars off of streets tonight and tomorrow, should snow plows need to get through. Thank you!

How exciting is this???  That rooftop!  Those garage doors???  I cannot wait to check it out!  Aslin Beer Company #Hernd...
12/14/2020

How exciting is this??? That rooftop! Those garage doors??? I cannot wait to check it out! Aslin Beer Company #Herndon #ONTap

Come by & join us today, we’re open at Herndon from 11-8 pm today. 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉
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Please feel free to bring outside food in Herndon, we’re looking forward to having food trucks on location very soon. During COVID measures, the taproom is 21+ only. Dogs are welcome in the adjacent Beer Garden (open tomorrow weather permitting). We ask that you wear a mask except when seated, & respect 6 ft of distance. Park in the gravel lot on the corner of Center & Locust St., the parking directly behind the Taproom does not belong to us & DOES tow cars! Check our stories for a map of parking.
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Our hours in the Herndon Taproom will be the same as ALX:
M-Th: 11-8 pm
Fri-Sat: 11-9 pm
Sun: 11-6 pm
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Curbside pickup in Herndon will remain at the drive thru spot from Elden to Locust. Please enter from the Elden St entrance.
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We’ve waited almost 4 long years to share a Herndon taproom with you and we couldn’t be more excited and proud! Thank you all SO MUCH for your patience and support over the years and we hope you love it as much as we do! We’ll see ya there!
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🍺 Open every day in ALX & Herndon
🚗 Curbside pickup every day
🚐 Next day delivery to NOVA & DC
📦 VA, DC & Vermont Shipping
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#Aslin #AslinAlexandria #AslinBeerCo #VaBeer #Herndon #Alexandria

12/12/2020

Ho Ho Ho, #Herndon! Submit your favorite lights and we'll make a map so you can tour all the festive places in town! Also - downtown our SmartCities light poles are playing Holiday music. I spent part of the morning having coffee on one of the benches and felt like we live in a Hallmark Movie!

12/09/2020
Town Council Public Session - Dec 8th, 2020

As you know, last night’s council meeting was my last, and an emotional one for me. If you care to see my parting comments and the passing of the gavel to Sheila Olem -Mayor Elect, Town of Herndon you can find them at the 2:30:40 mark of the video.

https://herndon.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=1948

Thank you to everyone for your kindness and support. And to my council colleagues who also shared such kind words last evening. (You can see those at the 19:31 mark!) It has been an honor to serve alongside each of you.

Live and Recorded Public meetings of Town Council Public Session for Town of Herndon

🎶 Signed, sealed, delivered.... #Downtown
12/04/2020

🎶 Signed, sealed, delivered.... #Downtown

Chelsea is a HHS graduate, her mom was at Hutchison Elementary for a very long time, and they need our help!  If you can...
12/04/2020
Support Chelsea Proctor fight cancer! TeamChelsea!, organized by Rochelle Proctor

Chelsea is a HHS graduate, her mom was at Hutchison Elementary for a very long time, and they need our help! If you can possibly contribute, every little bit helps.

Please help in the battle for Chelsea's life. My beautiful, viva… Rochelle Proctor needs your support for Support Chelsea Proctor fight cancer! TeamChelsea!

Great article about the approval of the Downtown project - we appropriate funds next week at my last public hearing as y...
12/02/2020
Herndon No Longer Torn Between Its Past and Future

Great article about the approval of the Downtown project - we appropriate funds next week at my last public hearing as your mayor. Take a minute to read and see what the town is getting for our investment in this long awaited revitalization!
http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2020/dec/01/herndon-no-longer-torn-between-its-past-and-future/

http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2020/dec/01/herndon-no-longer-torn-between-its-past-and-future/

A part of the Herndon Downtown Redevelopment Series.

Happy Thanksgiving, Herndon!  🦃 🥧 🍷
11/26/2020

Happy Thanksgiving, Herndon! 🦃 🥧 🍷

Because who wants to cook on Thanksgiving Eve?!
11/26/2020

Because who wants to cook on Thanksgiving Eve?!

Town of Herndon Government
11/23/2020

Town of Herndon Government

Please share!

OMG, Herndon.  We just PASSED the FINAL downtown comprehensive agreement.  We appropriate funds at my last Council meeti...
11/18/2020

OMG, Herndon. We just PASSED the FINAL downtown comprehensive agreement. We appropriate funds at my last Council meeting as your mayor - next month. I am BESIDE MYSELF. I had to leave the screen because I was bursting into tears. I can’t believe we are finally here. Thank you to everyone who has worked for literally decades to get us to this point. Downtown!!! It’s happening!!!!

http://historicherndondistrict.com/Historic-Herndon-District-Trifold.pdf

Hey Herndon - lots on tonight’s agenda!  If you’re interested in speaking about our Downtown Redevelopment, Historic Dis...
11/17/2020
Cisco Webex Events

Hey Herndon - lots on tonight’s agenda! If you’re interested in speaking about our Downtown Redevelopment, Historic District Guidelines or any of the other items, sign up here!

This week is a lesson in patience for Americans....and for #Herndon patience is paying off.  Check out Item #10 on next ...
11/06/2020

This week is a lesson in patience for Americans....and for #Herndon patience is paying off. Check out Item #10 on next week’s Work Session Agenda. The moment we’ve all been waiting for - DOWNTOWN!!! #ItsON, it’s finally ON the agenda! Moving forward! Closing date and conditions to FINALLY get going on our long awaited downtown! I couldn’t be more thrilled to finally be able to share details with you all!

Details in the link:

https://herndon.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=2&event_id=3849&meta_id=98814

We’ve all been reminded to vote a million times this year.  Instead, I’ll share this article from reston now reflecting ...
11/03/2020
Merkel Reflects on Eight Years as Town of Herndon Mayor

We’ve all been reminded to vote a million times this year. Instead, I’ll share this article from reston now reflecting on my tenure. There’s been no greater honor than serving as your mayor. Thank you! (And you’re still stuck with me til December 31st!)

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.restonnow.com/2020/10/29/merkel-reflects-on-eight-years-as-town-of-herndon-mayor/&ct=ga&cd=CAEYACoUMTM4MDIxMjI2MzA3MDM0OTM5OTYyGjkzMmZiNTQyMGM0NmI4Y2Q6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNG-FuIiprtTLN6pt9WiT1YjotswOQ

Herndon will welcome a new mayor-elect on Tuesday to follow Lisa Merkel's eight years as the town's mayor. Merkel announced in January that she would not run for a fifth term as the town's mayor. She will spend the next few months with her husband and two kids while she decides on her next steps,

#halloween2020 #candybargraveyard
10/31/2020

#halloween2020 #candybargraveyard

You know it’s going to be a fun interview when the reporter opens with “I think I owe you a War Eagle?!?!?!” 💕 Scott rec...
10/30/2020
Merkel Reflects on Eight Years as Town of Herndon Mayor

You know it’s going to be a fun interview when the reporter opens with “I think I owe you a War Eagle?!?!?!” 💕 Scott recently worked for the Opelika Auburn times.... Reston Now

https://www.restonnow.com/2020/10/29/merkel-reflects-on-eight-years-as-town-of-herndon-mayor/

Herndon will welcome a new mayor-elect on Tuesday to follow Lisa Merkel's eight years as the town's mayor. Merkel announced in January that she would not run for a fifth term as the town's mayor. She will spend the next few months with her husband and two kids while she decides on her next steps,

10/28/2020
Town of Herndon Government

Town of Herndon Government

Due to expected heavy rains, the Herndon Farmers' Market is cancelled tomorrow.

Such a loss for Herndon and I am personally crushed to know he’s gone.  The last thing he said to me was “I love you, de...
10/11/2020
Obituary of Lester Zidel | Adams Green Funeral Home

Such a loss for Herndon and I am personally crushed to know he’s gone. The last thing he said to me was “I love you, dear...” I love you too, dear Les. Truly one in a million. 💔

Lester (Les) Zidel, 74, of Herndon died on October 9, 2020. He was born in Reading, California, the son of Mischel & Esther Zidel. Les was educated in Malden, Massachusetts, and later attended Boston University. He graduated from Wisconsin University in 1968, where he received a degree in Political....

If you have a small desk that you'd be willing to contribute to this effort to help families in the Herndon High School ...
10/06/2020
Reston Now

If you have a small desk that you'd be willing to contribute to this effort to help families in the Herndon High School and South Lakes High School pyramids, please email us at [email protected] (link is also in the article!)

Thank you to Alisa Harriot and Tracy Bailey Converse for getting this off the ground! #Neighbors #community #herndon #reston #desks4kids

Alisa Harriot, Lisa Merkel and Tracy Converse, three local Reston and Herndon community members, brainstormed a solution to the alternative setups: they and a hefty group with over one hundred members would find, build, or recycle desks to deliver to the students

This Is SO 2020 isn't it?  Thank you to the Official Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce for your great partnership over...
09/28/2020

This Is SO 2020 isn't it? Thank you to the Official Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce for your great partnership over the years! I hope you'll invite me to the ribbon cutting when #Herndon Station finally opens!

The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce, honoring Mayor Merkel today for her "Tireless Efforts to Bring the Silver Line to the Dulles Region"

I saw the #BBQman in his natural habitat today!  @mybbqman @mayordrwood Hey @mrtommymcfly — wish you were here!!  #mayor...
09/27/2020

I saw the #BBQman in his natural habitat today! @mybbqman @mayordrwood Hey @mrtommymcfly — wish you were here!! #mayors #Friends #NovaTowns #CheerleadersInChief Mayor Derrick Wood Dyvine BBQ in Motion

09/14/2020
Town of Herndon Government

Hey #Herndon - Fall Clean up is ON!!!!

Fall Clean-up is ON -October 21-23
herndon-va.gov/mytrashdays

Thank you for your service!!  💪🏻 👮🏻‍♀️ #HerndonPD
09/12/2020

Thank you for your service!! 💪🏻 👮🏻‍♀️ #HerndonPD

On this #NationalPoliceWomanDay we honor all of the women who serve to keep their communities safe. We recognize the amazing women who do that for Herndon: Chief Maggie DeBoard, PFC Denise Randles, Corporal Lora Nicholson, Officer Lucy Scott, and Officer Kelsi Scaiefe. 💙👮🏽

Back when I added “Mom, Teacher, Mayor” to my campaign materials, I never thought I’d be doing all three at the same tim...
09/10/2020

Back when I added “Mom, Teacher, Mayor” to my campaign materials, I never thought I’d be doing all three at the same time, but here I am killing it! 🤣 #2020 It’s Day 3, FCPS, we can do this!!!! PS - those kiddos are now a JUNIOR and 7th grader. How time flies!

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